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Overview

The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome is the definitive handbook for anyone affected by Asperger's syndrome (AS). It brings together a wealth of information on all aspects the syndrome for children through to adults.

Drawing on case studies and personal accounts from Attwood's extensive clinical experience, and from his correspondence with individuals with AS, this book is both authoritative and extremely accessible.

Essential reading for families and individuals affected by AS as well as teachers, professional and employers coming in contact with people with AS this book should be on the bookshelf of anyone who needs to know or is interested in this complex condition.

About the Author:
Tony Attwood is a practising clinical psychologist with more than 25 years' experience

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Editorial Reviews

Doody Reviews
Reviewer: Amity Ruth, BA (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This guide to Asperger's syndrome outlines the disorder, its associated deficits, and some frequently asked questions about the syndrome, and also provides additional resource materials.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to provide an inclusive overview and description of Asperger's syndrome for non-specialists. It provides advice to parents and teachers about an unusual and, until recently, largely under-diagnosed syndrome. The author provides information regarding diagnostic criteria, the evaluation process, associated symptomatology, and practical suggestions for relating to individuals with Asperger's syndrome. The book also includes a qualitative description of the syndrome using vignettes and quotations providing insight into the experience of the disorder.
Audience: This text is geared towards parents, teachers, and nonspecialists. This guide is useful to general practitioners as an introduction to the disorder, but is primarily designed as a comprehensive but general overview and should not be relied on as a technical treatment guide.
Features: The author provides some unique features in this text. A summary list at the end of each chapter helps summarize clinical strategies. The text includes rating scales, some clinical measures, and an appendix of formal clinical criteria to help identify the syndrome. It also provides reference materials on Asperger's syndrome and related subjects, including publications and web sites.
Assessment: This book provides a complete and clear description of Asperger's syndrome. It is well organized and gives substantive information on aspects of this disorder without confusing the reader with technical terminology. It is a particularly good text for teachers and parents who wish to gain a better understanding of the syndrome. The book not only outlines the clinical aspects and diagnostic criteria, but also provides the reader with a good sense of what it is like experientially for individuals with Asperger's syndrome and for those who interact with them.
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Reviewer: Amity Ruth, BA (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This guide to Asperger's syndrome outlines the disorder, its associated deficits, and some frequently asked questions about the syndrome, and also provides additional resource materials.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to provide an inclusive overview and description of Asperger's syndrome for non-specialists. It provides advice to parents and teachers about an unusual and, until recently, largely under-diagnosed syndrome. The author provides information regarding diagnostic criteria, the evaluation process, associated symptomatology, and practical suggestions for relating to individuals with Asperger's syndrome. The book also includes a qualitative description of the syndrome using vignettes and quotations providing insight into the experience of the disorder.
Audience: This text is geared towards parents, teachers, and nonspecialists. This guide is useful to general practitioners as an introduction to the disorder, but is primarily designed as a comprehensive but general overview and should not be relied on as a technical treatment guide.
Features: The author provides some unique features in this text. A summary list at the end of each chapter helps summarize clinical strategies. The text includes rating scales, some clinical measures, and an appendix of formal clinical criteria to help identify the syndrome. It also provides reference materials on Asperger's syndrome and related subjects, including publications and web sites.
Assessment: This book provides a complete and clear description of Asperger's syndrome. It is well organized and gives substantive information on aspects of this disorder without confusing the reader with technical terminology. It is a particularly good text for teachers and parents who wish to gain a better understanding of the syndrome. The book not only outlines the clinical aspects and diagnostic criteria, but also provides the reader with a good sense of what it is like experientially for individuals with Asperger's syndrome and for those who interact with them.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Amity Ruth, BA(Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This guide to Asperger's syndrome outlines the disorder, its associated deficits, and some frequently asked questions about the syndrome, and also provides additional resource materials.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to provide an inclusive overview and description of Asperger's syndrome for non-specialists. It provides advice to parents and teachers about an unusual and, until recently, largely under-diagnosed syndrome. The author provides information regarding diagnostic criteria, the evaluation process, associated symptomatology, and practical suggestions for relating to individuals with Asperger's syndrome. The book also includes a qualitative description of the syndrome using vignettes and quotations providing insight into the experience of the disorder.
Audience: This text is geared towards parents, teachers, and nonspecialists. This guide is useful to general practitioners as an introduction to the disorder, but is primarily designed as a comprehensive but general overview and should not be relied on as a technical treatment guide.
Features: The author provides some unique features in this text. A summary list at the end of each chapter helps summarize clinical strategies. The text includes rating scales, some clinical measures, and an appendix of formal clinical criteria to help identify the syndrome. It also provides reference materials on Asperger's syndrome and related subjects, including publications and web sites.
Assessment: This book provides a complete and clear description of Asperger's syndrome. It is well organized and gives substantive information on aspects of this disorder without confusing the reader with technical terminology. It is a particularly good text for teachers and parents who wish to gain a better understanding of the syndrome. The book not only outlines the clinical aspects and diagnostic criteria, but also provides the reader with a good sense of what it is like experientially for individuals with Asperger's syndrome and for those who interact with them.
Library Journal
In 1998, Australian clinical psychologist Attwood published Asperger's Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals, which quickly established him as an international expert on the condition. Here, he updates research in this rapidly evolving field, offering a wealth of information on childhood, college, long-term relationships, and careers. He gives comprehensive coverage of topics such as friendship, bullying, special interests, and theory of mind. Each chapter begins with a quote from Hans Asperger himself and includes firsthand experiences from individuals with Asperger's, including Temple Grandin, Liane Holliday Willey, and Stephen Shore. Particularly helpful are the "Key Points and Strategies" at each chapter's end and the detailed FAQs, glossary, resources, and references sections. Attwood writes, "I usually say to the child, `Congratulations, you have Asperger's syndrome,' and explain that this means he or she is not mad, bad or defective, but has a different way of thinking." His work skillfully brings together the current information on this fascinating condition and is an essential purchase for academic and public libraries. Elizabeth Safford, Nevins Memorial Lib., Methuen, MA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853025778
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 201
  • Sales rank: 236,555
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.68 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface     9
What is Asperger's Syndrome?     11
The Diagnosis     35
Social Understanding and Friendship     55
Teasing and Bullying     95
Theory of Mind     112
The Understanding and Expression of Emotions     128
Special Interests     172
Language     202
Cognitive Abilities     228
Movement and Coordination     259
Sensory Sensitivity     271
Life After School: College and Career     292
Long-term Relationships     304
Psychotherapy     316
Frequently Asked Questions     327
Glossary     348
Resources     351
References     359
Subject Index     382
Author Index     393
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2000

    Must read

    My son was miss diagnosed summer of 1999 with Asperger's, but he is now labelled as PDD-NOS. This book gave me so much insight into Alex, I got the book about 3 weeks after the diagnoses and it helped me nderstand my child's behavior and actions (or non-actions) within 2 hours. I cried realizing my son was not 'normal' but it also gave me hope. I bought two copies and let his teacher read it and made my Mom read it, so that she understood that he had a problem and that he was not 'spoiled'. In fact my Mom now realizes that my younger brother and father had this (PDD-NOS) This book is easy to read for non-experts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2001

    Asperger's Syndrome becomes easier to understand.

    This book contains important and helpful information for those who desire to understand Asperger's Syndrome. The content is easy to read, well-organized, and relevant.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2000

    Great Book !!

    This book was truely written for the parents and those in professions that deal with children with no previous knowledge of the syndrome in mind. It gives step by step descriptions of symptoms of the disorder.The reviews at the end of the chapters are quick and easy reference. The question and answer section in the back of the book is right on target!! Thank you Tony Attwood for helping me understand my son (and myself) much better!

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