Friendship The Aspie Way
People with Asperger’s Syndrome are known to have difficulty with interpersonal relationships, yet are known to be loyal and dependable friends. Wendy Lawson felt she had a knack for upsetting people and was surprised to be told that she ‘did friendship rather well’. In her frank and thoughtful analysis of what makes and breaks friendships, she explores what it means to have friends or be a friend – even a friend to oneself; what happens when times are tough and friends are scarce; whether one can be a ‘good friend’ without effort; and what other kinds of friendships there are, whether imaginary, animal or inanimate. These ideas are accompanied by practical examples, poetry and stories.
Insightful and relevant to people both on and off the autism spectrum, Friendships: The Aspie Way is a fresh approach to a universal issue in human relationships.
About the author:
Wendy Lawson is a mother of four who after years of misdiagnosis was finally diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in 1994. Wendy has worked as a qualified counsellor, social worker and psychologist in private practise for many years. She is a PhD student with Deakin University, Warrnambool, Australia and the author of six books, including Build Your Own Life: A Self-help Guide for Individuals With Asperger’s Syndrome and Sex, Sexuality and the Autism Spectrum, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.