Life at the edge and beyond : living with ADHD and Asperger syndrome / Jan Greenman ; foreword by James Gray
- Greenman, Jan
- London ; Philadelphia : Jessica Kingsley, 2010.
- Physical Description:
- 208 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
- Part I. 1991 to 2004 -- 1. A Very Good Place to Start: The Beginning -- Luke's birth -- 2. The Nightmare Begins -- Luke's illness -- 3. Going for Broke -- Vaccinations, MMR and eczema -- 4. Savour the Moment -- Luke's frantic behaviour, Abbi's birth -- 5. Consequence, Cause and Effect -- Luke's disasters, his lack of connection -- 6. Labelling of Luke: ADHD -- Dr Murray and Luke's first label -- 7. Turn on the Light: Language Taken Literally -- Language, literal and subtle -- 8. Black and White -- Extrenmes, sensitivities and pain: Ritalin and melatonin -- 9. Labelling of Luke: Asperger Syndrome -- Luke diagnoses himself with his second label -- 10. Siblings: Abbi's Chapter -- Hammerhead Sunday and the fight to get help -- 11. Frind or Foe? -- Helpful hints and support groups -- 12. Professionals: Just the Few -- Consultants and Luke's third label -- 13. Sad, Mad but Not Bad -- Eating, obsessive habits and temper -- 14. Call Me Nigel -- Luke's obasessions -- 15. Education, War and Peace -- Luke's struggles and the fight to get him educated -- Part II. 2004 -- 16. The End...of Life at The Edge -- The end of our family life -- Part III. 2005 to 20007 -- 17. Beyond The Edge -- We become a family again, a different one -- Part IV. 2007 to 2009 -- 18. Life at The Edge Becomes a Book! -- Self-publishing social services and meetings -- 19. Nigel Mansell, Pinstripes and Parliament -- Luke meets his hero and works with our MP -- 20. Dubai: Custos and Contraband -- Luke's first and (hopefully) m last attempt at smuggling -- 21. Luke Tips over the Edge of Reason -- Luke is expelled from school and attempts suicide -- 22. Trust, Trystan and Public Speaking -- Trystan Williams makes a public soeaker our to Luke -- 23. Keith Lemon Has the Last Word, Literally -- Humour and its importance in our lives as Luke becomes a man.
- "Ì feel honoured that Luke has chosen me as his hero and recommend this book as a moving and searingly honest account of one boy who has risen above the dificulties of autism with the help of his family...a truly riveting read.'---Nigel Mansell British F1 racing driver, World Champion and Luke's hero" "J̀an Greenman shows that Asperger's children can be a helter-skeltering gift from the heavens, every achievement somehow magnified and made more special. This is a funny, uplifting book which reminds you it is good to be alive.'---Quentin Letts, TV Political Journalist of 2009 and Daily Mail theatre critic" "D̀on't let the seriousness of Asperger Syndrome put you off reading Luke's story, He can laugh at it and so will you.'---Leigh Francis (aka Keith Lemon), comedian" "L̀uke is a true inspiration - a shining light, succeeding against all odds, facing his demons, beating the doubters, achieving more than he ever thought possible.'---Trystan Williams, Headmaster of Springfields Specialist School of Excellence" "Parenting a child with Asperger Syndrome is never casy, and adding ADHD to the psychological mix makes life even more difficult. In this searingly honest account of bringing up her son, Luke, Jan Greenman Challenges common perceptions of a l̀ife with labels', and recalls her family's 18-year journey to the edge and back." "Jan recalls how Luke's diagnoses first came about, and how life at T̀he Edge', their aptly named family home, changed as a result. She describes the behaviours associated with Luke's conditions, and the impact they had on each family member, and takes a light-hearted look at his more unusual habits and obsessions. The book includes tips from Jan, Luke, and Luke's sister, Abbi, and goes beyond Luke's childhood to look at his life as a teenager --- his eventful solo trip to Dubai, his expulsion from school, and the inspirational teacher who helped him to turn his life around." "Life at the Edge and Beyond is a must read for anyone involved in bringing up a child with Asperger Syndrome, ADHD, or both. Parents will take from the family's successes, learn from their mistakes, and realize that, no matter how close to the edge they feel, they are never alone."--BOOK JACKET.
- 9781849051064 (pbk.)
- Previous ed.: Hullavington: J. Greenman, 2007.
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