|Pretending to be Normal:|
Living with Asperger's Syndrome
by Liane Holliday Willey
Foreword by Tony Attwood
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176 pages; soft bound
|Pretending to be Normal tells the story of a woman who, after years of self-doubt and self-denial, learned to embrace her Asperger's syndrome traits with thanksgiving and joy. Chronicling her life from her earliest memories through her life as a university lecturer, writer, wife and mother, Liane Holliday Willey shares, with insight and warmth, the daily struggles and challenges that face many of those who have Asperger's Syndrome. Pretending to be Normal invites its readers to welcome the Asperger community with open acceptance, for it makes it clear that, more often than not, they are capable, viable, interesting and kind people who simply find unique ways to exhibit those qualities.
The last part of the book consists of a series of substantial appendices which provide helpful coping strategies and guidance, based on the author's own experience, for a range of situations. This positive and humane book will provide not only insight into the Asperger world which will prove invaluable for the professionals who work with people with Asperger's Syndrome, but also hope and encouragement for other people with Asperger's Syndrome, their families, and their friends.
'Liane's autobiography will allow others to understand the world as perceived by a person with Asperger's Syndrome... parents will turn every page ...eager to know what happened next and how she coped, so that they can apply their new understanding to their son or daughter. I strongly recommend this book for teachers as it will provide the previously elusive reasons for behaviours that were considered unconventional or appeared to be abnormal. Specialists and therapists who diagnose such children will find the book a treasure trove of information and insight... [this] book will be an inspiration for thousands of people throughout the world.' From the foreword by Dr Tony Attwood.
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