As someone with Asperger Syndrome, Wendy Lawson knows all about the social difficulties that accompany the condition. In this book, she guides others on the autism spectrum through the confusing map of life, tackling the building bricks of social existence one by one with humour, insight and practical suggestions.
Exploring what it is like to be an adult in an alien world, she looks at the concepts of ‘self’ and ‘other’ and talks about the people in our lives – how to relate to them, how we can use their support and how we can protect ourselves in the process. Using poetry and illustrations, she goes on to explain the difficult notion of ‘putting on a face’, looks at how to assess personal skills in order to develop them into a suitable career and how to deal with unwelcome changes in life.
This book is essential reading for all those on the higher-functioning end of the autism spectrum, helping them to get the best out of a world that is often confusing and aiding those close to them to understand their perspective.