Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult Asperger Syndromeby Valerie L. Gaus
An invaluable resource for therapists, this lucidly written book provides research-based strategies for addressing the core problems of Asperger syndrome (AS) and hjelping clients manage frequently encountered comorbidities, such as anxiety disorders and depression. Detailed case examples illustrate the complexities of AS and the challenges it presents in daily
An invaluable resource for therapists, this lucidly written book provides research-based strategies for addressing the core problems of Asperger syndrome (AS) and hjelping clients manage frequently encountered comorbidities, such as anxiety disorders and depression. Detailed case examples illustrate the complexities of AS and the challenges it presents in daily life, relationships, and the workplace. The author presents a cogent rationale for cognitive-behavioral intervention and offers clear guidelines for conducting assessments and designing and implementing individualized treeeatment plans. Throughout, the emphasis is on helping people with AS decrease distress while preserving and building on their unique strengths.
"Truly the first of its kind, this impressive book is an indispensable resource for psychologists and graduate students who work with adults with Asperger syndrome (AS). Gaus provides a comprehensive overview of the complex mental health needs of this often-misunderstood population, along with guidelines for evidence-based intervention. Utilizing examples from her own clinical practice to illustrate the process of cognitive-behavioral therapy (without oversimplifying it), Gaus shows how to effectively support people with AS in improving their quality of life."Peter F. Gerhardt, EdD, President, Organization for Autism Research
"Individuals with autism spectrum disorderswho face a social world in which rules and expectations appear to be crystal clear to everyone but themselvesfrequently experience anxiety and depression. Both of these challenges are best addressed through CBT, yet, until now, few resources were available to guide practitioners in working with this population. This book is the beginning of the answer. Written in plain and practical language, this book is much needed and enormously helpful."Ami Klin, PhD, Director, Autism Program, Yale Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine
"Gaus provides an important service in showing how cognitive-behavioral therapy can be applied with a range of problems experienced by adults with Asperger syndrome (AS). Especially helpful are the chapters on intervention, which take readers step-by-step through CBT approaches for addressing the core problems of AS as well as comorbid mental health problems. The author’s extensive clinical experience and understanding of these clients is evident throughout. The intervention strategies are described in considerable detail, with helpful case examples and references for interested readers to follow up on. Therapists working with these challenging adult clients will find this book thought provoking, practical, and invaluable."Gary B. Mesibov, PhD, Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology and Director, Division TEACHH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Meet the Author
Valerie L. Gaus, PhD, has been a practicing cognitive-behavioral therapist serving adults and adolescents with dual diagnosis (intellectual disability with comorbid psychiatric disorder), autism spectrum disorders, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders since she received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Stony Brook University in 1992. Since then she has maintained a private practice on Long Island, New York, and serves as the staff psychologist for the Vincent Smith School in Port Washington, New York. Dr. Gaus is on the advisory board of the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association, the grant review committee of the Organization for Autism Research, and the adjunct faculty at Long Island University/C. W. Post. She was also a founding board member of the New York Metro chapter of the National Association for the Dually Diagnosed. Dr. Gaus has written numerous articles and book chapters on mental health issues in developmental disabilities and has lectured extensively on these topics across the United States and abroad.
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I am a psychologist and a parent of an adult with Asperger's. This book provides suggestions that are grounded in research and practical to carry out. Dr. Gaus writes in a clear and concise manner. Case examples are provided to clarify the application of concepts. This is the most clinically useful book I have purchased in the last five years.
I saw right away that this book was different. The author is a practicing clinician who has worked in several different contexts, most notably working individually with hundreds of people diagnosed as having Asperger as adults. This book weaves the author's personal journey with rich descriptions of the people she has encountered with a thorough review of the professional literature to form a unique resource. As an academic, I appreciated the research basis for her comments. As a recently diagnosed adult with asperger syndrome, I found the rich descriptions of the people with whom she has worked very helpful in understanding my own situation. More importantly, the intervention strategies she suggests have a solid research basis and are helpful. I wish that the clinicians with whom I have worked had been required to read this text as it would have saved us all quite a bit of time.