I've joined in the hope of understanding both myself and one of my sons. He has always had problems making friends ( as do I ) and his behaviour has become more problematic at home. I raised my concerns with the school and educational psychologist, who agree that he shows signs of being mildly autistic.
The more I read about the autistic spectrum the stronger the feeling grows that I was very much misunderstood as a child and why I feel so isolated as an adult. I want to help my son avoid that sense of not fitting in.
Can anyone recommend any books to read on the subject? Also is it worth asking my GP for a diagnosis for myself. I am 50 now so not sure if it's too late to get any support?
Hi,Re-books - Tony Attwood is one of the worlds leading autism experts (and a fellow Brummie YAY!) his book The Complete Guide To Aspergers Syndrome does what it says on the tin although may be too in depth for some. He has quite a few talks/lectures on Youtube that are worth a watch... this one called Could it Be Autism might be a good starting point? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIrxgD3oqYcLaura James - Odd Girl Out was the first book I read on the topic and is excellent. She got her diagnosis in her late 40s and although its a female perspective and I'm male my autism has many of the more female attributes anyway so it still resonated well with me.www.amazon.co.uk/.../150984306XIf you want a laugh on top of excellent info presented well then Sarah Hendrickx is yer woman... all her stuff is top notch, I like this particular video on autism and anxiety https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPD_yzMHJlsHope that helps!
Greetings fellow puzzle piece seeker.
I found this site useful and practical.
check out the section on parenthood
I always reccommend anything by Olga Bogdashina. Sorry everyone but I'm going to do it again! She has an Autistic daughter and seems to approach things on a both a professional and personal level. My issues are more sensory than anything else. Sensory Perceptual Issues in Autism and Asperger Syndrome- Different Perceptual Worlds was a very comforting read to me. Lots of relatable stuff for me.
She's also written Communication Issues in Autism and Asperger Syndrome: Do We Speak the Same Language?, and Theory of Mind and the Triad of Perspectives on Autism and Asperger Syndrome: A View from the Bridge. The latter sounds like a book that might be something you might find useful.
This guy has a pretty comprehensive list of books that he talks you through. He's on the spectrum and covers the ins and outs of them.
Thanks. That has been helpful to read.:)