Pretending to be Normal

Author: Liane Holliday Willey

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 0857009877

Category: Psychology

Page: 192

View: 8286


Compelling and witty, Liane Holliday Willey's account of growing to adulthood as an undiagnosed 'Aspie' has been read by thousands of people on and off the autism spectrum since it was first published in 1999. Bringing her story up to date, including her diagnosis as an adult, and reflecting on the changes in attitude over 15 years, this expanded edition will continue to entertain (and inform) all those who would like to know a little more about how it feels to spend your life `pretending to be normal'.

Pretending to Be Erica

Author: Michelle Painchaud

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101618108

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 272

View: 5582


We Were Liars meets Heist Society in a riveting debut! Seventeen-year-old Violet’s entire life has revolved around one thing: becoming Erica Silverman, an heiress kidnapped at age five and never seen again. Violet’s father, the best con man in Las Vegas, has a plan, chilling in its very specific precision. Violet shares a blood type with Erica; soon, thanks to surgery and blackmail, she has the same face, body, and DNA. She knows every detail of the Silvermans’ lives, as well as the PTSD she will have to fake around them. And then, when the time is right, she “reappears”—Erica Silverman, brought home by some kind of miracle. But she is also Violet, and she has a job: Stay long enough to steal the Silverman Painting, an Old Master legendary in the Vegas crime world. Walking a razor’s edge, calculating every decision, not sure sometimes who she is or what she is doing it for, Violet is an unforgettable heroine, and Pretending to be Erica is a killer debut.

The Autism Discussion Page on Stress, Anxiety, Shutdowns and Meltdowns

Author: Bill Nason

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 1784508349

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 336

View: 4689


Anxiety, meltdowns and emotional regulation can be hugely challenging for autistic people. This book is full of proactive strategies for understanding, accepting and respecting the processing differences in autism. It contains tools for reducing sensory, social and mental drain, and offers strategies to protect from ongoing stress and anxiety. These help minimize shutdowns and burnout, while maximizing self-esteem, autistic identity and mental health. Learn strategies for matching environmental demands to the person's processing needs, how to support vulnerabilities, and how to prevent and manage meltdowns while protecting the identify and self-esteem of the individual with autism.

Asperger Demerger

Author: Richard Edwin Lewis

Publisher: Palmer Higgs Pty Ltd

ISBN: 1921999160

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 169

View: 6001


"A complex autobiography which describes interaction with thousands of people on a trail of 45 years of undiagnosed autism."--Back cover.

Everyone Pretend to Be Normal

Author: Rochelle Miller

Publisher: Connor Court Publishing

ISBN: 9781922168269

Category: Autism spectrum disorders

Page: 150

View: 9633


This book is an autobiographical account of one family's journey through the puzzling maze of autism, as narrated by mother Rochelle Miller. Sometimes wry and irreverent, it tells of the challenges and triumphs involved with caring for two sons with Autism Spectrum Disorder, examining a serious subject in a sometimes not-so-serious light. --- "There is much pain and some black humour along the path of raising autistic children but also quiet pride and solace gained by seeing progress made, however incremental. Rochelle Miller has raised not one but two children on the autism spectrum with the help and support of Ben and many others, she has now written her personal story with clarity and vibrance." - The Honourable Tim Fischer AC, former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia

An Aspie’s Guide to "Faking It"

Author: Tony Attwood,Craig Evans,Anita Lesko

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 1784501298

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 52

View: 3846


In order to survive in a Neurotypical world many Aspies feel that they need "fake it" and intentionally wear a mask and play a role so that people will not see who they really are. This can be exhausting and "faking it" is a key daily stressor for people with Asperger's Syndrome. This ebook is packed with advice from Aspie mentors who have all been there, done that, and offer suggestions for coping strategies that really work. Liane Holliday Willey, Jennifer Cook O'Toole, Karen Krejcha and more offer guidance based on their personal experiences of "faking it" and the ebook ends with professional analysis and recommendations from world expert Dr. Tony Attwood. This inspirational advice comes from the bestselling book Been There. Done That. Try This!, written by Aspies for Aspies, now available in short Aspie Mentor Guides!

Asperger Syndrome in the Family

Author: Liane Holliday Willey

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 1853028738

Category: Psychology

Page: 172

View: 1720


The author looks with honesty and humour at the implications of Asperger Syndrome for sufferers and other family members. Offers practical help for families in similar situations.

Let's Pretend This Never Happened

Author: Jenny Lawson

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1447223454

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 366

View: 979


Even when I was funny, I wasn't this funny' Augusten Burroughs, author of Running With Scissors Have you ever embarrassed yourself so badly you thought you'd never get over it? Have you ever wished your family could be just like everyone else's? Have you ever been followed to school by your father's herd of turkeys, mistaken a marriage proposal for an attempted murder or got your arm stuck inside a cow? OK, maybe that's just Jenny Lawson . . . The bestselling memoir from one of America's most outlandishly hilarious writers.

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

Author: Jeanette Winterson

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 0802194753

Category: Social Science

Page: 242

View: 7247


A New York Times bestseller: The “magnificent” memoir by one of the bravest and most original writers of our time—“A tour de force of literature and love” (Vogue). Jeanette Winterson’s bold and revelatory novels have established her as a major figure in world literature. Her internationally best-selling debut, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, tells the story of a young girl adopted by Pentecostal parents, and has become a staple of required reading in contemporary fiction classes. Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? is a “singular and electric” memoir about a life’s work to find happiness (The New York Times). It is a book full of stories: about a girl locked out of her home, sitting on the doorstep all night; about a religious zealot disguised as a mother who has two sets of false teeth and a revolver in the dresser, waiting for Armageddon; about growing up in a north England industrial town now changed beyond recognition; about the universe as a cosmic dustbin. It is the story of how a painful past, rose to haunt the author later in life, sending her on a journey into madness and out again, in search of her biological mother. It is also a book about the power of literature, showing how fiction and poetry can form a string of guiding lights, or a life raft that supports us when we are sinking. Witty, acute, fierce, and celebratory, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? is a tough-minded story of the search for belonging—for love, identity, home, and a mother.

The Television World of Pushing Daisies

Author: Alissa Burger

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786485752

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 202

View: 442


Pushing Daisies was a unique network television show. This collection of 10 essays addresses the quirky, off-beat elements that made the show a popular success, as well as fodder for scholarly inquiry. Divided into three main sections, the essays address the themes of difference, the placement of the series within a larger philosophical context, and the role of gender on the show. A consideration of Pushing Daisies’ unique style and aesthetics is a consistent source of interest across these international and interdisciplinary scholarly critiques.