Juanita P. Lovett, Ph.D., is a practicing clinical psychologist who has taught at the graduate level at both Columbia and Rutgers University. She has held appointments on several New Jersey mental health boards, including the Board of the New Jersey Forensic Hospital.
Solutions for Adults with Asperger's Syndrome: Maximizing the Benefits, Minimizing the Drawbacks to Achieve Successby Juanita P. Lovett
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Thomas Edison. Albert Einstein. Half of NASA. These are all extremely intelligent, successful adults who made great contributions to society and who are also suspected of having the developmental disorder called Asperger Syndrome. This relatively new diagnosis is being increasingly applied to both children and adults-in fact, it is now seen as running in familes. There are a lot of books on how to successfully raise children with AS, but until now, adults were left to figure it out on their own.
Dr. Juanita Lovett specializes in treating adults with AS and working with their families. In this book she shows those adults and their loved ones how to maximize the benefits of AS (including intense concentration, above-average intelligence, and high creativity) while minimizing the drawbacks (including lack of social skill, inability to connect emotionally with others, and propensity toward rage).
This important new book will help thousands of adults with AS learn to live happier, more fulfilling lives.
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This book not only validated situations I experience every day, but also helped my spouse understand how I think differently and react to situations differently. Although other reviews consider the author cold and offensive, I found the author to be honest and was able to describe obstacles I encounter each and every day.
This was the most offensive, patronizing, uninformative work of non-fiction that I have ever read. The author recounts scenario after scenario in which the person with AS acts in a selfish, rude, hateful, illogical, or irresponsible way towards their NT partner or parent. The offending aspie is usually a male spouse, and the wife is a long-suffering model of perfection who just can't take it anymore. Any examples of female aspies are portrayed as bratty out-of-control teenagers or self-centered, uncaring wives. But the author seems to have a proclivity towards man-bashing, and seems to relish the act of demonizing and/or patronizing the aspie husbands in page after page of complaining about aspie behavior (thinly veiled as "explaining" the behavior to NT readers.) I forced myself to continue reading, thinking that at any point she would eventually get to the "solutions" that the title claimed to provide. The best "solution" I could glean from her ramblings was to see a therapist or marriage counselor for help. I finally gave up reading this horrible excuse of a book, when I reached the chapter on marriage and divorce. The author has a special section for divorce and child custody. She states that under no circumstances should the AS spouse be allowed to have custody of the children. The AS spouse is not only unable to properly care for the children, but is actually a DANGER to them because of poor common sense. She gives the example that an AS spouse would not know that it would be inappropriate to leave a sleeping baby alone in the house. Then the author states that she is pushing for laws in the US, Canada, Australia, and the UK to make it impossible for anyone with an AS diagnosis to be granted custody of their children in the case of a divorce. To me, this borders on libel. Every person is different, and every divorce is unique. I, for one, have gone to extreme lengths to create a better life for my child: moving out of town so that he would be able to go to a better school; finding him the best doctors to treat his ADHD and AS. Fighting for the right accommodations; providing him with the right balance of social time, school time, and private time so that he does not become agitated; keeping a calm and safe environment. My NT husband would not have done any of those things. He would have forced him to continue going to a school that treated him like a criminal/freak. He would have tried to "discipline" or shame the ADHD and AS out of him. He would not be able to provide the consistency or safe environment that is needed. He would not be able to understand or show compassion for the unusual behavior and meltdowns. If a COURT had decided to take my child away and place him in the care of my ex-husband based on some arbitrary blanket-statement that AS parents are unfit, my son would not only be in an unhealthy environment, he would probably be emotionally scarred for life. I am disgusted at the tone and the opinions that Lovett has put forth in this book. Not only does it FAIL to provide "solutions," it completely misrepresents the true nature of Aspergers, and undermines the character and intelligence of everyone who is affected by this "disorder."
I got this book when I was given my initial diagnosis. It painted pictures of cold, unsympathetic, rude people....Aspies are nothing like what this woman sees and thinks. This book made me very depressed until I read Temple Grandin's books. I tore this book into pieces and burned it!
This was a gift to my parents so they can understand what I go through. Properly defined, Asperger's disorder is a severe & sustained impairment of social interaction & functioning. In contrast to autism, there are no clinically significant delays in language, cognitive, or developmental age-appropriate skills. This book offers hope, reliable information, & invaluable experience-based guidance. There are genuine heroes with Asperger's.
Since I learned about Asperger Syndrome in 2006, most of what I found on it was related to children. My question was, "Okay, and when those children grow up-then what? Do these authors think that children stay 7 years old forever?"
Why is it that some adults I've heard say they were diagnosed as a child with AS in 1982--but it seems here in America, we are behing the times?" It's just now that people are starting to write on adult AS. Why? I'm sure there were young adults (like me) like me walking around looking for work (like me) in 1995, 1997 and 1999.
I looked into it since I wanted to see if I exhibited any of the behaviora-and to my auprise (and somewhat delight to know there is a name for it) I do display many of the charateristics of AS. I can even see/notice some things in my father and I do not live with him-I just talk to him on the phone and I can notice subtle things!
As a 33 single female with no degree in pyschology (B.S. in Business) and having only read about 100 articles online through either periodicals, websites, medical websites, and professional journals, and 6 books, I must say that this book is the number one book to get if anyone wants to know everything there is to know about AS in an adult----and how AS affects an adults life. The life of a child is so different and working is very imporatant to adults. I'm sad that It took this long for a book like this to come out.
The author is informitive and yet she does not repeat herself. What I like about this book, is the way it is laid out. It is nice and organized (which I need) and it provided me with the answers I was looking for. This book will not leave you feeling like you wasted your money. Students and professionals will not only enjoy, but cherish this book and may find themselves using it in a reference page for an essay.
I can not wait until Kevin Stoddart's book "Asperger Syndrome in Adulthood" comes out on Jan 26 2009. I hope his book will be a hit on my list as well.
I'm a patient diagnosed with this disorder, so I have been looking for options to help but this book really has not shown 'solutions' as it has diagnosis info that can be found on numerous sites. Only the final 7th of the book does the author attempt at giving advice (too vague and encouraging blind faith therapy should not work that way). The sessions that she describes does not necessarily show evidence of her having any understanding of the disorder.