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Been There. Done That. Try This!: An Aspie's Guide to Life on Earth by [Attwood, Tony, Craig R. Evans and Anita Lesko]
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If you only buy one book to improve your life this year, make it this one.

Temple Grandin, Liane Holliday Willey, Anita Lesko, Stephen M. Shore, and many other Aspie mentors, offer their personal guidance on coping with the daily stressors that Aspies have identified as being the most significant, in order of urgency - anxiety, self-esteem, change, meltdowns, depression, friendship, love, and much, much more. Based on years of personal experience, this book is packed with advice from Aspie mentors who have all been there and done that!

World expert Dr. Tony Attwood rounds up each chapter with professional analysis and extensive recommendations. He includes essential information on destructive strategies that may look attractive, but that have counter-productive effects.

Including full color artwork from Aspie artists showing visually how they interpret each stressor, this is THE inspirational guide to life for young adults, the newly diagnosed, and as a life-long reference for anyone on the spectrum - written by Aspies for Aspies.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5588 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers (21 February 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ICS8MEI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #77,046 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars 25 reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great advice from people who have lived it 25 June 2015
By Dreampet - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this book. It is helpful without being condescending, it addresses real issues that people with ASD face everyday like anxiety, making friends, building or maintaining intimate relationships, dealing with sensory overload, and others. It may help someone who doesn't know a lot about ASD to get a better understanding of what an autistic or Aspie person experiences, but it's really more for ASD people who haven't quite figured out how to navigate some of our unique difficulties. There were things in here that I didn't realize I was struggling with until I read others' experiences and realized they were exactly like mine.
The personal writings of people who have been there lends a feeling of authenticity and honesty to this book, and the suggestions by Dr. Attwood at the end of each chapter make this book feel professional.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good for adult Aspies, must read. 18 February 2015
By Jmeijlaers - Published on Amazon.com
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Disclaimer, I am an Aspie, and I am almost 54 y/o. I'm not quite sure if that makes me an adult.
Also, English not my 1st language so if it rambles a bit...

This is a VERY good book for EVERY ole fart like me who later in life finds out he's "blessed" with High Functioning Autism/Aspergers.
Blessed is the right word but it's sometimes a bit hard to see if, like for me, this blessing came under a very heavy disguise.

This book is a collection of testimonials by Aspies who got it more or less right with some/many of the aspects of life that that have been buggering you/me/us. I had my successes, I could write a testimonial about these my-selves and have it published. I rather not publish all the things I got wrong in my life, I'm sure we all have our own stories, cried some buckets of tears, and are all looking forward to get it righter this time.

Why do I think this is a good book?

It is an organised book. You can read it front to back to get an overall idea, but you can just as well pick a topic from the table of contents and jump right to it and read only about that specific thingy you want to understand and tackle right now in quite a direct way, without having to wade trough a mountain of also interesting but not relevant now stuff. I recommend you first read the book, then dig out specific topics to work on.

It's written by Aspies, lots of them. We Aspies are all different. So there is never a single story that matches our problem just our way. While most of this book also is NotMyProblemNotMyWay, there is in every chapter (read ProblemSubset) at least one testimonial that fits me and is therefore helpful. Often there is more then one.

It's a mixture of cheer and solutions. Every author describes that s/he managed to overcome, and so can you. My No 2. problem often is "why bother". My No. 1 problem then becomes to find an answer to that question. Reading lots of stories from lots of people who found lots of solutions where many of the solutions are kinda easy for me to apply even now goes a long way to cheer me up & on. Without the courage and the energy to soldier on, solutions become somewhat useless therefore 3 cheers for cheering us on.

Every chapter ends with a summary by Tony Attwood. If you NEED to know all there is to know about Aspergers, go and read The Complete Guide to Aspergers Syndrome. It's complete. It's also quite a hefty read, too hefty if you need to know a specific bit in a hurry. It also more geared toward childhood. Been There Done That is a bit like Tony Attwood, the executive summary. Readable, to the point, exact, sufficient.

This all being written, Your Mileage May Vary

3 Cheers for Me, Myself & I
And for every other AspieGuy
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3 Cheers for We, Us & All
And for Every other AspieGal

Johan
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you know an Aspie....... 27 May 2014
By Dr. Dolittle - Published on Amazon.com
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While some of the individual stories drag a bit, the reason for the book is to help develop tools for dealing with the stresses of daily life. There the book succeeds remarkably. The techniques for coping are ones that someone with Asperger's will eventually figure out on their own, or with a therapist's help, this book will make the trail towards being able to cope and 'fit in' much easier for anyone who can get past the stories and to the suggestions.

AAA+++ for this book.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful, informative, and validating! A Must Read for individuals on the spectrum. 25 August 2015
By hikermikki - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a 48 year old, recently diagnosed adult female with ASD. I am so grateful to have found this book. I recommend this book to any one, at any age on the spectrum. I even read portions of it to my neuro-typical spouse, in attempt to bridge a greater understanding between us and in hopes of recruiting his advocacy. I am so grateful to the Aspie Mentors for being able to competently articulate things that I have never been able to do so for myself (yet resonated with). Also, Dr. Tony Attwood's summaries at the end of each chapter did much to lend credibility to the things I have tried to explain to my husband. If there could be a prize awarded for a Nobel Peace Prize Within a Marriage, this book would win it, hands down!
I wish the book would not end because reading it gave me a sense of "home" or community that I have never been able to experience in my life. I hope there will be more books like this getting published (by and for individuals in the autism community).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for adults with Aspergers 7 May 2016
By JaneFairlight - Published on Amazon.com
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I have Asperger's. Diagnosed very late in life (60's) most of my life has been difficult and unsatisfying. After several years of wrestling with my new found reasons for the difficulties I came to the place of getting on with the positive instead of living in the negative. This book is written by several older people for older people and is all about getting on and living with Aspergers in a healthy and positive way.