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The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome [NOOK Book]

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'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.'
- from The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome

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 of the syndrome for children through ...
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Overview

'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.'
- from The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome

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 of 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. Chapters examine:

* causes and indications of the syndrome
* the diagnosis and its effect on the individual
* theory of mind
* the perception of emotions in self and others
* social interaction, including friendships
* long-term relationships
* teasing, bullying and mental health issues
* the effect of AS on language and cognitive abilities, sensory sensitivity, movement and co-ordination skills
* career development.

There is also an invaluable frequently asked questions chapter and a section listing useful resources for anyone wishing to find further information on a particular aspect of AS, as well as literature and educational tools.

Essential reading for families and individuals affected by AS as well as teachers, professionals 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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846425592
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 222,885
  • File size: 624 KB

Meet the Author

Tony Attwood is a practising clinical psychologist with more than 25 years' experience. He has worked with over 2000 individuals of all ages with Asperger's syndrome. He presents workshops and runs training courses for parents, professionals and individuals with AS all over the world and is a prolific author of articles and books on the subject.
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Table of Contents

Introduction. 1. What is Asperger's Syndrome? 2. The Diagnosis. 3. Social Understanding and Friendship. 4. Teasing and Bullying. 5. Theory of Mind. 6. The Understanding and Expression of Emotions. 7. Special Interests. 8. Language. 9. Cognitive Abilities. 10. Movement and Coordination. 11. Sensory Sensitivity. 12. Life After School: college and career. 13. Long-term Relationships. 14. Psychotherapy. 15. Frequently Asked Questions. References. Subject index. Author index.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

    Very helpful

    As a parent of a child with high functioning autism, I have many books on aspergers and autism on my shelves and in my nook. I have referenced none as often as this one. This book is perfect for anyone who wants real information and not the latest fad diet experiment. It is divided into chunks that are easy to understand and the index is very useful for quickly finding a topic. I highly recommend this book to anyone who would like to learn more about aspergers.

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