For those with autism, understanding normal can be a difficult task. For those without autism, the perception of normal can lead to unrealistic expectations of self and others. This book explores how individuals and society understand normal, in order to help demystify and make accessible a full range of human experience.
Wendy Lawson outlines the theory behind the current thinking and beliefs of Western society that have led to the building of a culture that fails to be inclusive. She describes what a wider concept of normal means and how to access it, whether it is in social interaction, friendships, feelings, thoughts and desires or various other aspects of normality. Practical advice is offered on a range of situations, including how to find your role within the family, how to integrate difference into everyday society, and how to converse and connect with others.
Accessible and relevant to people both on and off the autism spectrum, this book offers a fresh look at what it means to be normal.
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.
Presenting pioneering research on early relationships and the developing brain, this bestselling book put the field of interpersonal neurobiology on the map for many tens of thousands of clinicians, researchers, and students. Daniel J. Siegel traces the interplay of human and neural connections in early childhood, examining the implications for attachment; mental processes, such as memory and emotion; and psychological well-being throughout life. Complex concepts are made accessible through lucid prose and clinical examples. Siegel highlights ways that understanding the emergence of the mind can help professionals promote healthy development and... More info
Renowned ACT expert Russ Harris presents easy-to-read Q&A sessions to uncover the most common ways clients and practitioners get stuck when using ACT, how to get unstuck, and how to transform that “stuckness” into powerful personal growth. Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a highly effective, evidence-based treatment for a number of mental health issues - from depression to addiction - that focuses on mindfulness, client values, and a commitment to change. It also provides innovative tools, techniques, and strategies for promoting psychological flexibility and profound behavioural change. However, there... More info
*Do you ever wish ...* you were older? you had more money? you looked different? you had different parents? Do you ever feel, "No one understands me!" Do you ever wonder, "Will I fall in love?" Do you ever ask, "Am I normal?" If you answered "yes" to half of the above, you sound perfectly normal. You will also find this book useful! *Contents:* *Chapter 1* Am I normal? * Chapter 2* Why does life hurt? Why Do I Need Problems? Dealing With Disappointments * Chapter 3* ... More info