Sex, Drugs and Asperger's Syndrome (ASD)

Sex, Drugs and Asperger's Syndrome (ASD)

A User Guide to Adulthood

Book - 2016
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Luke Jackson's unabridged and sparkling sequel to his best-selling user guide to adolescence Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome is the must-read handbook for teenagers and young adults on the autism spectrum. With devastating clarity, Luke focuses on the pitfalls involved in navigating the transition to adulthood, and the challenges of adult life. He covers everything from bullying and drugs to socialising, sex, negotiating relationships, and finding and keeping your first job.
Luke Jackson serves up a sparkling guide to young adulthood on the autism spectrum in this sequel to his best-selling Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome. Offering personal insights, he covers everything from bullying and drugs to finding a job, navigating relationships, and sex. A must read for all young adults with autism.

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Jackson presents this sequel to his Asperger's guide to adolescence, addressing topics that can be challenging for all young adults but especially those with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). A foreword highlights the particular hazards of drugs, alcohol, sex and relationships for a teenager with ASD, and the introduction lays the groundwork of social differences and sensory hyper- and hypo-sensitivities common to ASDs. He jumps in by outlining common and less common pitfalls of adolescence including forms of peer pressure, garden variety stress, and comorbid mental health issues such as his own experience of bipolar mood disorder and the common comorbidities of unipolar depression and anxiety, which often present differently for people with ASD. He discusses how to cope with school and work, how to respond to bullying in various contexts, and things to keep in mind for safety and enjoyment when going out for social engagements, e.g. clubs. The chapter on drugs essentially serves as a harm reduction guide for the substances most likely to be offered in party settings, with special note of how a person with ASD might react differently than a neurotypical person. The end of the book discusses relationships and maturity, beginning with sex and the boundaries and communication around it, and then broadening out to a general exploration of how we develop interests and opinions, share them with friends, and limit sharing to appropriate audiences. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: London ; Philadelphia : Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781849056458
Branch Call Number: 618.9285 JACKSON
Characteristics: 204 pages ; 24 cm


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