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Pretending to be Normal - Living with Asperger's Syndrome (Paperback)

Liane Holliday Willey

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Asperger's Syndrome is one of the constellation of conditions known as autism. As both Willey and her young daughter have AS, her life story provides a startling look at how those with the syndrome experience the world. Willey grew up knowing only that she was somehow different, extremely intelligent, and extremely quirky - but accepted and valued - seems to have the assessment of her parents, physicians, and others early in her life. Her peculiarities - inability to find her way in unfamiliar places, and extreme aversion to people coming too close to her, to noise, to confusion - became a devastating issue when she left home for the unfamiliar environment of college. From then on, Willey straggled mightily until she reached the safe haven of marriage to an outstandingly sympathetic partner, a fulfilling job teaching college, and motherhood. When her own daughter, one of twins, was diagnosed as an infant with Asperger's Syndrome, Willey immediately recognized herself: "social action impairments, narrow interests, an insistence on repetitive routines, speech and language peculiarities, non-verbal communication problems and motor clumsiness . . . each of these symptoms is manifested in a variety of unique and diverse ways." Willey here compares her own experiences with her daughter's, her daughter's with her twin sister, who doesn't have AS, and the childhood peak in intensity of her daughter's symptoms with her own waning symptoms in middle age. In her appendices Willey offers extensive practical help and resources to AS sufferers. But even those not directly affected by AS will find this an eye-opening view into a parallel world. (Kirkus Reviews)
"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, Willey shares, with insight and warmth, the daily struggles and challenges that face many of those who have Asperger's syndrome. The last part of the book consists of appendices which provide helpful coping strategies and guidance, based on the author's own experience, for a range of situations.


Imprint: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: May 1999
First published: 1999
Authors: Liane Holliday Willey
Dimensions: 241 x 159 x 10mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 173
ISBN-13: 978-1-85302-749-9
Barcode: 9781853027499
Categories: Books > Health, Home & Family > Family & health > Coping with personal problems > Coping with illness
Books > Medicine > Other branches of medicine > Psychiatry
LSN: 1-85302-749-9

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