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Life Behind Glass: A Personal Account of Autism Spectrum Disorder

by Wendy Lawson Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Pub Date:
01/2000
ISBN:
9781853029110
Format:
Pbk 128 pages
Price:
AU$29.99 NZ$31.30
Product Status: In Stock Now
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Wendy Lawson has an autism spectrum disorder. Considered to be intellectually disabled and 'almost incapable of doing as she is told' at school, she was later misdiagnosed as schizophrenic - a label that stuck with her for more than 25 years.

Introduction - this is my story; my world behind glass; love and feelings are a mystery; my first take on life; school intrudes; a bumpy road to recovery; teenage dreams and fears; where to after school?; farewell to childhood; children of my own; the middle years; my coming of age; learning to cope; the anguish of change; finding love and friendship; it's my world too.

Wendy Lawson is a mother of four, who was originally diagnosed as being intellectually disabled, then in her teens, as being schizophrenic, and finally in 1994, as having an autism spectrum disorder. She has been married, separated and divorced, has experienced the death of one of her teenage sons, gone through moving from one country to another, losing friends and status due to being openly gay, faced ill health and recently come to terms with the fact that she is aging! Her youngest son was diagnosed at the age of 12 as having Asperger’s Syndrome. As a qualified counsellor, social worker and psychologist Wendy has operated her own private practice for many years. She is the author of five books, including Understanding and Working with the Spectrum of Autism, and Build Your Own Life: A Self-help Guide for Individuals With Asperger’s Syndrome, both published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.