Asperger Syndrome & Employment – Review

Book Review of
Asperger Syndrome & Employment
What People with Asperger Syndrome
Really Really Want
By Sarah Hendrickx
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

I initially wanted to read this book after hearing Sarah Hendrickx give a talk on the subject of employment.
She was captivating and engaging and I felt that I might gain further insights which may help my AS ( Asperger Syndrome) sons with their employment dilemmas.

This book has absolutely done that but I too (AS) have benefitted from reading it.

Work is not just a job. It’s travelling, socialising, existing in environments that are alien and painful for AS people – things encountered on a daily basis wether employed or not.

What has an effect on an AS person in a work environment/situation, can be very closely linked with the efforts of trying to live in a social and largely neurotypical world.

There are frequent examples of real life experiences and these together with Sarah’s writing cover a vast range of issues.

For those with AS who have never worked and wonder if they ever will;
for those who have had jobs and been bullied out of them, and for those in work but struggling – this book is a warm, understanding and practical help.

I can not recommend this book highly enough to all with AS and those supporting and caring for them, wether they may be family, friends or employers.

Helen Jones – Guest Contributor

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2 comments on “Asperger Syndrome & Employment – Review
  1. Josie Thomas says:

    Thank you for this review. I’ve also read the book, and heard Sarah’s You Tube talk on the same theme. It has helped me to understand why I found work such a struggle, long before I knew I had AS. It helps me particularly to understand both my wise offsprings’ decisions not to commit themselves to professional careers. They knew so much more than I did when I was a working person. The same understanding extends to my grandsons. It’s unlikely that either will hold down a proffessional job over decades. I now know that there are many much more satisfying ways for an Aspie to live an adult life. How about those intense interests and passions? Our determination and dedication to detail? And our insights into human situations from a different perspective? These are assets that are valuable and we should value ourselves, and what we do genuinely have to offer. Josie Thomas

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