Asperger Syndrome in Adulthood: A Comprehensive Guide for Clinicians

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A thorough overview of Asperger syndrome for mental health professionals.
Despite the dramatic proliferation of research, clinical perspectives, and first-person accounts of Asperger Syndrome (AS) in the last 15 years, much of this information has focused on the application of the diagnosis to children, even though AS displays persistence over time in individuals. This book is one of the only guides to Asperger Syndrome as it manifests itself in adults. It integrates research ...

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Overview

A thorough overview of Asperger syndrome for mental health professionals.
Despite the dramatic proliferation of research, clinical perspectives, and first-person accounts of Asperger Syndrome (AS) in the last 15 years, much of this information has focused on the application of the diagnosis to children, even though AS displays persistence over time in individuals. This book is one of the only guides to Asperger Syndrome as it manifests itself in adults. It integrates research and clinical experience to provide mental health professionals with a comprehensive discussion of AS in adulthood, covering issues of diagnosis as well as co-morbid psychiatric conditions, psychosocial issues, and various types of interventions—from psychotherapy to psychopharmacology. It also discusses basic diagnostic criteria, controversies about the disorder, and possible interventions and treatments for dealing with the disorder.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
“Well written and highly readable . . . . [T]his volume will be invaluable for those clinicians who provide that care.”
Snagglebox
“The guide is written with great respect and obvious concern for the needs of adults with AS. In fact, it's the first clinical guide I've read that treats adults with AS as adults - with well-rounded and complication lives filled with college, careers, relationships, parenting, and sex. . . . The authors do a great job of blending research with their own clinical observations, providing lots of practical examples of AS . . . . The guide also does a thorough job of discussing the complexities involved with diagnosing comorbid medical and mental health disorders, . . . and the difficulties in using standard diagnostic instruments in an AS population.”
The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter
“This book lives up to its name of Comprehensive Guide and may well become a standard text for understanding the complexity of Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) in adults . . . . I am in awe of Stoddart, Burke, and King for their in-depth knowledge of this difficult subject. . . . I highly recommend this book.”
Fred R. Volkmar
“An outstanding addition to the literature. This volume is comprehensive in scope and is a valuable addition to the growing body of work on this topic.”
Peter F. Gerhardt
“Asperger Syndrome in Adulthood represents a very welcome addition to the current literature on what happens to individuals on the autism spectrum after they graduate from high school or college. Maintaining an evidence-based perspective, the authors address a wide range of issues, including some controversial ones, in way that is accurate, accessible, and very applicable to the promotion of quality-of-life concerns. A very useful volume.”
Dr. Peter Szatmari
“An invaluable resource for parents and clinicians alike. This book fills an important and neglected niche in our understanding of Asperger Syndrome. It is written with both clarity and compassion.”
Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
“The authors of [DSM-V] have used the umbrella term “autism spectrum disorder” (ASD), which combines the currently separate diagnoses of autism, Asperger’s syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorder. This change in no way diminishes the value of this book for clinicians who work with and teach about adults with psychiatric disorders. . . . I strongly recommend this book to any and all who deal with psychiatric patients and those who rightfully advocate for their treatment. . . . The section on psychotherapy . . . can help the therapist to understand what the patient needs and how to go about achieving it. The section on psychosocial aspects can provide information for patient advocates and others involved in the field about how limited the resources are and what is needed.”
Autism Blogs Directory
“[A]n important read not just for clinicians but for adults who are seeking diagnosis or who have attained diagnosis in adulthood. . . . [A] thoroughly documented text that will be valuable to clinicians seeking to provide support and interventions for adults on the mild end of the spectrum. . . .Research in how autism presents across the lifespan is lacking and many clinicians lack the expertise in recognizing how undiagnosed mild autism presents in adults. This book is a good solution, regardless of what we call the condition.”
PsychCentral
“[A] solid starting point for learning about Asperger Syndrome. Asperger Syndrome in Adulthood is unquestionably readable and undeniably exhaustive.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393705508
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/23/2012
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,450,307
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Stoddart, PhD, is the Founding Director of The Redpath Centre (Toronto, Ontario) and Assistant Professor (Status), Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. He received his Masters degree in social work in 1989, and his Doctorate in social work from the University of Toronto in 2003. He has worked in the fields of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), Asperger Syndrome and child and adult mental health for over twenty-five years. For the last fifteen years, his clinical focus has been children, youth and adults with mild ASDs and in particular, Asperger Syndrome. His research and publications focus on understanding the clinical and psychosocial needs of individuals with developmental disabilities, ASDs, and their families. He has published chapters and articles in the areas of ASDs and developmental disabilities and edited a Canadian volume on Asperger Syndrome. He teaches graduate-level practice and program evaluation courses at the University of Toronto and speaks throughout North America. Dr. Stoddart consults to organizations for individuals with ASDs and developmental disabilities in the areas of program development and evaluation, and is a Consultant to Autism Society Canada.

Lillian Burke, PhD, is a Psychologist and Assistant Director of the Redpath Centre (Toronto, Ontario). She obtained a Doctorate in Clinical and Developmental Psychology from York University (Toronto, Ontario) in 1993. Dr. Burke first specialized in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) in the early 1980s, and since then, has continued to work with children and adults who have ASDs and developmental disabilities. In 1994, she began working with children, youth and adults with Asperger Syndrome and other mild forms of ASDs. She has been previously employed by several agencies providing clinical services to individuals with developmental disabilities, their families and the agencies that support them. In her private practice, her primary activity is assessment of and consultation to individuals who have ASDs and in particular, Asperger Syndrome. As well as clinical work, she has carried out research and published extensively on the area of ASDs and developmental disabilities in adults.

Robert King, MD, has worked, for over two decades, with multiple interdisciplinary teams, largely in rural underserved regions of Ontario, in supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders and mental health concerns. Dr. King graduated with honors from the University of Toronto Medical School in 1989. He attained certification in Family Medicine at Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario), practiced as a Family Physician in northern Ontario, and then returned to the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario) to complete his training in Psychiatry in 1993. He has since worked primarily in rural underserved areas of Ontario assisting in the development of innovative program designs, with a biopsychosocial perspective. He emphasizes the need to operationalize signs and symptoms of mental health concerns and objective monitoring systems to assess improvements in quality of life in response to treatment recommendations. He is currently consultant to the only Assertive Community Treatment Team in Canada exclusively supporting individuals with dual diagnosis (ACT-DD, Brockville Mental Health Centre) as well as Pathways to Independence (Brockville, Ontario), Kerry’s Place Autism Service (Aurora Ontario), and Community Living agencies in northwestern Ontario.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Introduction to Asperger Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorders in Adults 1

2 Assessment of Asperger Syndrome in Adults 35

3 Mental Health Symptoms in Adult Asperger Syndrome 79

4 Neurodevelopmental, Genetic, and Medical Issues in Adult Asperger Syndrome 125

5 Psychosocial Issues in Adult Asperger Syndrome 157

6 Psychotherapy and Psychopharmaco-therapy in Adult Asperger Syndrome 191

7 Complementary Interventions and Evidence-Informed Practice in Adult Asperger Syndrome 241

References 277

Index 329

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