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Life and Love: Positive Strategies for Autistic Adults [Paperback]

By Zosia Zaks & Temple Grandin (Foreward By)
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Written for adults on the spectrum and those involved -- parents, spouses, friends -- this book is divided into two sections: life and love. In the life section, the author describes and suggests concrete ways to deal with some of the issues and problems faced by those on the autism spectrum. Examples include how to accommodate sensory issues, maintain a home, and manage a career. In the love section, instead of focusing on one topic, such as dating, the author includes a broad spectrum of suggestions for different types of relationships and weaves these together with the core concept of self-esteem.

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Pages   367
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   1.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 11, 2006
Publisher   Autism Asperger Publishing Company
ISBN  1931282935  
ISBN13  9781931282932  

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More About Zosia Zaks & Temple Grandin

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Zosia Zaks has Asperger Syndrome. Although she completed her master's degree in technical journalism from Polytechnic University in 2000 and held a variety of writing and editing jobs, it was various vocational and social challenges that led to her diagnosis at age 31. Now, with a clearer understanding of autism and how it impacts her life, Zosia has managed to face these challenges with creative ideas and innovative compromises. She now works as a heavy equipment operator in the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825. This type of work allows her to go from project to project and is concrete in nature. She also runs, a website that allows visitors to customize jewelry. Additionally, she lectures and conducts workshops nationally on issues of importance to the autistic community; consults with families, couples, and adults on the spectrum to find ways to meet challenges based on autistic strengths; and serves on the Advisory Board of GRASP, the Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership. She is married to her partner Gena. They live just outside New York City with their fifteen-month-old twin daughters, Ruby and Eislyn, and their cat, Zero.

Zosia Zaks currently resides in the state of New York.

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Only Minor Drawbacks  Jun 25, 2008
I agree with the other reviewers that this is an excellent book that should be read by everyone on the autism spectrum. The only drawback is that she writes from the viewpoint of her own particular disabilities. Several times she suggested getting help from others, which was useless for me since approaching others is my biggest problem. She also spent a greater part of the book going on about sensory issues - many autists have few sensory problems until they are already stressed from other issues.
A Genuine Godsend!   Aug 21, 2007
If you are an adult on the autism/Asperger's (a/A) spectrum, be sure to make this book one of your best friends. Zaks, herself an adult with Asperger's will act as your tour guide and take you on a Magical Mystery Tour of life with autism for adults.

Gifted and resourceful, she has outlined a list of action plans for staying socially savvy at parties; in romantic venues and on the job. Tips for maintaining a neat household and managing money are also included. Tips on how to decode neurotypical (NT) expressions are also included. Intersensory relationships (a/A and NT) are also explored along with developing strategies for appropriate/acceptable behavior.

One of the best parts is the advice she gives on when and how to let it be known one is on the a/A spectrum. This book makes me think of several Beatles' songs: 1) George Harrison's 1966 gem, "I Want to Tell You" in re disclosing placement on the spectrum; 2) 1967's "A Day in the Life" because NT readers will see what a day in the life of many on the spectrum can be like and 3) Paul McCartney's 1967 "Magical Mystery Tour" because with Zaks as your tour guide, you see autism demystified.

Ideal with Jerry Newport's book, Your Life is Not a Label: A Guide to Living Fully with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome This is a must have for any adult on the spectrum or directly involved with others who are. This Godsend deserves a place of honor and is really for everybody!

Awesome Tool for Older Teens & Adults on the Autism Spectrum - Navigational Tool through Sensory & Social Issues  Aug 19, 2007
This book is well written and a wonderful tool for older teens on up to adults (on the autism spectrum) to help navigate the world. Many topics covered include: grocery shopping, renting an apartment, traveling, interviewing for a job, housekeeping, family relationships, dating relationships, friends etc. Ms. Zaks breaks down each area into bite sized pieces to help her audience deal with social and sensory issues. She has wonderful down to earth advice like keeping a sensory emergency pack on hand and being prepared for social interactions before they happen. Reading this as a "neuro-typical," I found this to be a terrific resource to help those on the spectrum become more independent by addressing their challenges directly. It's a wonderful book full of easy to follow tools and suggestions. I think every teen with Aspergers graduating high school (and those already out of high school) should obtain this book!! GREAT INSIGHT. Joanna K-V, Author, A IS FOR AUTISM, F IS FOR FRIEND
An utterly invaluable guide for autism-spectrum adults   Dec 9, 2006
Zosia Zaks, who was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome at age 31, presents a "peer-to-peer" guide for fellow adults with Asperger's and high-functioning autism drawn from the creative strategies she has devised to cope since her childhood, in Life and Love: Positive Strategies for Autistic Adults. Chapters discuss practical means for handling sensory issues including strategies for navigation, how to facilitate maintaining a clean and orderly home, how to shop for necessities without becoming distracted or vulnerable to impulse purchases, health care and vocational challenges, issues to keep in mind when dating from health and safety concerns to inappropriate versus appropriate behavior, things to keep in mind when trying to make autism spectrum/non-spectrum relationships work, advice for when and how to disclose one's autism spectrum diagnosis, and much more. An utterly invaluable guide for autism-spectrum adults to dealing with the large and small trials of ordinary life one day at a time.

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