The Many Faces of Asperger's Syndrome

The Many Faces of Asperger's Syndrome

by Maria Rhode, Trudy Klauber
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1855759306

ISBN-13: 9781855759305

Pub. Date: 08/28/2004

Publisher: Karnac Books

This pioneering book is a multidisciplinary collection of papers from psychiatrists, psychologists and child psychotherapists that aims to address the issue of variation within the diagnostic category of Asperger’s Syndrome. Until now, books on the subject have been written from an organicist/cognitive viewpoint with few papers from a psychoanalytically

Overview

This pioneering book is a multidisciplinary collection of papers from psychiatrists, psychologists and child psychotherapists that aims to address the issue of variation within the diagnostic category of Asperger’s Syndrome. Until now, books on the subject have been written from an organicist/cognitive viewpoint with few papers from a psychoanalytically informed basis, despite an increasing number of child psychotherapists treating children and adolescents with the syndrome. Children diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome share core anxieties but present a wide spectrum of strikingly different character traits and coping devices. There exists considerable overlap with other conditions such as Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Borderline Personality, Schizoid Personality Disorder and psychopathy.

The collection boasts a new translation of Asperger’s original paper and a historical review of the changing psychiatric perspectives on Asperger’s Syndrome, including recollections from Lionel Hersov, a personal acquaintance of Asperger. A child psychotherapist provides a commentary on Asperger’s paper from the perspective of recent developments in the psychoanalytic treatment of children with autistic spectrum disorders. Cognitive approaches are reviewed and compared and contrasted to psychoanalytic theory. Two first-person accounts are included and studied as to how they link with and differ to psychoanalytic theory and the case study of a 10-year-old boy is discussed in relation to various diagnostic criteria.

This groundbreaking book will be of interest to mental health professionals, teachers and all those concerned with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Contributors include Anne Alvarez, Lionel Hersov, Sally Hodges, Trudy Klauber, Maria Rhode, Judy Shuttleworth, David Simpson.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781855759305
Publisher:
Karnac Books
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Series:
Tavistock Clinic Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsix
Series Editor's Prefacexi
About the Editors and Contributorsxiii
Prefacexvii
Introduction1
Part IThis is Asperger's syndrome21
1Asperger's syndrome and Autism: distinct syndromes with important similarities25
2A psychological perspective on theories of Asperger's syndrome39
3A child psychotherapist's commentary on Hans Asperger's 1944 paper, "'Autistic Psychopathy' in Childhood"54
4What does it feel like? Two first-person accounts by adults with Asperger's syndrome70
5Finding the bridge: psychoanalytic work with Asperger's syndrome adults86
Part IIIs this Asperger's syndrome? Issues of assessment109
6Issues in assessment: Asperger's syndrome and personality113
7A matter of life and death: bodily integrity and psychic survival129
Part IIIClinical case histories145
8Sleeping beauty: the development of psychic strength, love, and imagination in a 4-year-old girl153
9Out of the nightmare: the treatment of a 5-year-old girl with Asperger's syndrome168
10Hiding and learning to seek: becoming a somebody183
11The lure of a mad world: supporting a 10-year-old boy's capacity for ordinary contact199
12"I need my scripts": A boy with Asperger's syndrome entering adolescence216
13On becoming of consequence234
14Psychotherapy and community care249
Endpiece261
References275
Index292

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