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The Asperkid's secret book of social rules : the handbook of (not-so-obvious) neurotypical social guidelines for autistic teens   Cover Image Book Book

The Asperkid's secret book of social rules : the handbook of (not-so-obvious) neurotypical social guidelines for autistic teens

Cook, Jennifer, 1975- (author.). Stringer, Tim, (illustrator.).


"Being a teen or tween is tough for anyone. And if you're on the Autism Spectrum, life can feel like a game you're playing without knowing the rules. Jennifer Cook knows - she's been there! Her internationally bestselling handbook is the key to unlocking those unwritten, often confusing, not-so-obvious social guidelines and bolstering confidence, all at once. Finally, teens can play the game of life with instructions. The 10th Anniversary Edition of The (Secret) Book of Social Rules reveals the essential secrets behind the baffling social codes surrounding making and keeping friends, dating, and catastrophic conversation pitfalls, with all-new content on social media and talking about neurodiversity. It's no wonder Jennifer's is the navigation tool tens of thousands of fans have come to love! Full of brand-new funny illustrations, take-it-from-me explanations, and comic strip examples, this Book of the Year award winner is real, positive, and speaks from the heart (without ever sounding like your mother's guide to manners). It's confidence, humor, and smarts. For the Human Spectrum." --

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781787758377 (paperback)
  • ISBN: 1787758370 (paperback)
  • Physical Description: 300 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Edition: 10th anniversary edition.
  • Publisher: London ; Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2022.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Previous edition: 2012.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (page 300) and filmography.
Formatted Contents Note:
"Where was this book when I, like, needed it?" -- Name calling -- Introduction: Rules, posers and speaking a foreign language -- Need-to-knows -- What you need to know about making sense of the rules. How not to make a light bulb: Why everything is hard before it is easy -- The potty-training rule: Knowing when a thank you is expected -- I'm sorry: The hardest words to say -- The "perseverance" of "perserverance": Being right vs. being included -- Perfectly imperfect: Congratulations, you're human -- But I wasn't laughing: Laughing with you vs. laughing at you -- Poof! You're interesting!: Being interesting by being interested -- Mirror! Mirror!: Reflect, reflect, reflect -- You're welcome: The power of compliments -- Broken spaghetti: The benefits of thinking like a wet noodle -- Boiling the pasta: How to make that flexible thinking thing happen -- You've got to hold the pillow -- Take a breath and watch the hammer: Knowing how to handle criticism -- Speak in sandwiches and make suggestions: Knowing how to give good feedback -- Unfiltered: White lies and trust -- Tact and the triple-filter: how honest is too honest? -- Literally?: What they actually mean -- Do I need an umbrella or an ark?: Sorting mountains from molehills -- Temper, temper: There will be more apple juice tomorrow -- The science of a Greek goddess: Hygeia, Aphrodite and why they were such good pals -- Traveling by bubble: Transparent boundaries that only NTs see -- Choices and tactics: How to recognize a friend -- Who's who, what's what: Friendship levels and cling wrap -- Leveled up: Dating, flirting and just-friends-ship -- Standing up straight: Self-advocacy, anger band-aids and being heard -- Talking to myself: Inner dialogues and old tapes -- Likes, tweets and text: Netiquette need-to-knows -- There's more for dinner than mashed potatoes: Missing the bigger picture -- Wedgies, tattletales and bullies: Taking your power back from bullies -- Through the looking glass: Laughing at yourself without being a laughing stock. -- Stickies (little nuggets of truth -- sticky-note-sized) -- Practice session -- Stick a fork in it -- we're done: AKA the conclusion.
Subject: Asperger's syndrome > Juvenile literature.
Asperger's syndrome > Social aspects > Juvenile literature.
Asperger's syndrome > Patients > Life skills guides > Juvenile literature.
Life skills > Juvenile literature.
Asperger's syndrome.
Asperger's syndrome > Patients > Life skills guides.
Life skills.
Asperger's syndrome.
Asperger's syndrome > Patients.
Genre: Self-help publications.
Young adult literature.
Juvenile works.
Life skills guides.
Young adult non-fiction.
Self-help publications.

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at State Library of Alabama.


  • 0 current holds with 1 total copy.
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