Look Into My Eyes: Asperger’s, Hypnosis, and Me
Genre: Biography/Self Help/Autism
Look Into My Eyes is an autobiography of one man’s life through the lens of Asperger’s syndrome – a high-functioning form of autism spectrum disorder. As a small child Dan Jones knew he was different to other children, they would want to play football and interact with each other, he would want to crawl around searching for snails keeping himself to himself. Dan found his own coping strategies to manage his anxieties, discovering meditation as an eight year old, and hypnosis as a teenager.
This book offers a rare insight into what it is like to live with Asperger’s. Dan has a unique perspective; not only does he have Asperger’s, but a large part of his professional life has been spent working with people with autism spectrum disorder and their carers, so this book shares ideas and advice about what to do if you are seeking a diagnosis for yourself or a child.
This expanded second edition includes 50% more content across two new chapters, a chapter by Dan’s wife about what it is like to be in a relationship with someone with Asperger’s Syndrome, and an extensive chapter of tips and strategies for parents/carers of those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, for teachers, employers and friends of those with ASD, covering various areas including interview skills, social skills, and shopping.
Through this book you will be taken into Dan’s world, from birth to adulthood, through his experiences of the world around him, exploring what has been helpful, and what hasn’t. Dan is open and honest about both the positive and negative aspects of himself, and shares how Asperger’s has impacted on all areas of his life and what he has done to address the challenges he faces.
“Having Asperger’s can be overwhelming. Every moment can be a sensory overload. I can be walking through a town centre and I will be hearing jarring sounds of machines, and cars, and the chaos of hundreds of different voices, and movement coming from everywhere, having to dodge people, constantly having to try to adapt to people stopping and starting, darting my attention from face to face, and to dogs people are walking, and to movement of signs, and flashes of sunlight off windows, and objects people are carrying. Normally my only escape is to go into my mind and shut out as much as possible. I have tried to convey this chaos and sensory assault through my writing."
One of the biggest motivations for Dan to write this book was to give hope to parents of children with Asperger’s and to those with Asperger’s Syndrome. Through his work Dan has encountered many parents that seem to have no hope for the future of their child. They deeply love their child who has Asperger’s but many of the parents seem to believe that their child won’t achieve much in life because of their diagnosis, one aim of this book is to give hope to those parents.