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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Samuel Alan Holcombe, M.Ed.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This title compares Asperger syndrome and high functioning autism. It provides histories of the diagnoses and information for differentiating between them.
Purpose: The objective is to provide an overview of Asperger's syndrome and high functioning autism. This is a worthy objective because there is a general lack of information about both disorders. The authors meet the objective.
Audience: According to the authors, the book is written for parents and professionals. The authors were credible authorities.
Features: The book covers the histories of both disorders as well as issues appropriate to clinicians, such as diagnosis and interventions. The sections that provide information about differential diagnosis are particularly helpful, because the disorders are similar. I would have liked to have seen more in-depth case studies. The ones that are provided are quite brief and do not illustrate treatment techniques in as much detail as I would have liked.
Assessment: I think the book is generally high quality. It is clear and relevant, and provides useful diagnostic and treatment information. I am not an authority on either disorder, and it is useful for widening my skills as a practitioner.