Humorous, empowering and enlightening, this insider guide to Asperger Syndrome (ASD) explores the 'why' of ASD traits. Readable and well researched, Kim describes her change in perspective after diagnosis and shares personal anecdotes, and helpful insights and strategies for managing the quirks of ASD.
Cynthia Kim explores all the quirkyness of living with Asperger Syndrome (ASD) in this accessible, witty and honest guide looking from an insider perspective at some of the most challenging and intractable aspects of being autistic. Her own life presents many rich examples. From being labelled nerdy and shy as an undiagnosed child to redefining herself when diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome as an adult, she describes how her perspective shifted to understanding a previously confusing world and combines this with the results of extensive research to explore the 'why' of ASD traits. She explains how they impact on everything from self-care to holding down a job and offers typically practical and creative strategies to help manage them, including a section on the vestibular, sensory and social benefits of martial arts for people with autism.
Well known in the autism community and beyond for her popular blog, Musings of an Aspie, Cynthia Kim's book is rich with personal anecdotes and useful advice. This intelligent insider guide will help adults with ASDs and their partners, family members, friends, and colleagues, but it also provides a fresh and witty window onto a different worldview.
Cynthia Kim received a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in adulthood, and she spent the following year extensively researching ASD to better understand its role in her life, recording her findings in her blog 'Musings of an Aspie.' Cynthia is a freelance writer, and has published in both fiction and non-fiction markets over the past ten years. She runs her own independent publishing company, Turtle Press, and lives in Maryland, USA.
Dedication. Acknowledgments. 1. Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate. 2. Growing Up Undiagnosed. 3. Navigating the Social Communication Jungle. 4. A Complicated Relationship with Relationships. 5. Parenting Aspie Style. 6. Rigid and Routine. 7. Sensory Seeking and Sensitivities.8. The Autistic Body. 9. Exploring the Emotional Landscape. 10. Executive Function: The Brain's Control Center. 11. The Dark Side. 12. Redefining Myself. Conclusion.
Cynthia Kim unequivocally captures the true essence of what it means to be autistic! What it means to be me! She helps you understand yourself, which enables you to struggle less with yourself and life. There's no doubt about it that Aspies are complex. Kim addresses all facets of what makes us different head-on. From shutting down to contentment and peace, it's all covered in this eye-opening account of living with Asperger's. Insight and advice follow each section for a clear and concise plan to help in your everyday life. -- Anita Lesko, BSN,RN,MS,CRNA, internationally recognized Autism Advocate, author of Been There. Done That. Try This!, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers I have been a fan of Cynthia Kim's blog, Musings of an Aspie, for many years. This book has everything I've come to expect from her blog and more. Poignant and practical by turns, and always insightful, this book is a must read for anyone trying to get a better understanding of autism. -- Lynne Soraya, blogger for Psychology Today and author of Living Independently on the Autism Spectrum In this honest and beautifully articulate book, Cynthia Kim reflects back on her life before and after her recent diagnosis, and she describes how her diagnosis helped her to gain a new understanding of herself and events in her past. The book is packed full of useful tips for others with Asperger's, and her own experiences with marriage and raising a child provide a valuable perspective which is both eye opening and a real pleasure to read. -- Elisabeth Hurley, PhD, Research Officer, Autism West Midlands, UK
Winner of ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year 2015 (United States)
In this honest and beautifully articulate book, Cynthia Kim reflects back on her life before and after her recent diagnosis, and she describes how her diagnosis helped her to gain a new understanding of herself and events in her past. The book is packed full of useful tips for others with Asperger's, and her own experiences with marriage and raising a child provide a valuable perspective which is both eye opening and a real pleasure to read.
Unique insight into the challenges of being a woman, wife and motherwith Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Cynthia Kim provides unique insight into the challenges of being awoman, wife, and mother with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).Interweaving factual information and extensive research with personalanecdotes from before and after her diagnosis, she explores the"why" of her ASD traits, from social awkwardness to rigidbehaviors and sensory sensitivities. Positive, honest, and full ofadvice and information, this book is an invaluable resource forrecently diagnosed adults and their partners or family members, carersand mental health professionals working with individuals with autism,and anyone exploring whether they might be on thespectrum.
Kim is the author of the popular Asperger blog Musings of an Aspie