Understanding Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism / Edition 1

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This volume, the first in the series, explores the high-functioning group of people within the spectrum of autism disorders. It is the culmination of over a decade of clinical work and research, including the most current information available about this group. Written in a style that is accessible to both seasoned clinicians and concerned lay persons, this volume is a unique resource.

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Reviewer: 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.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306466274
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 8/31/2001
  • Series: Autism Spectrum Disorders Library Series, #1
  • Edition description: 2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 142
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Asperger Syndrome/High Functioning Autism 1
History 5
Kanner's Original Paper 6
Asperger's Original Paper 7
Similarities Between Kanner and Asperger 9
Biases, Cultural Norms, and Referral Samples 10
Differences Between Kanner's and Asperger's Descriptions 12
Other Names for Similar Groups 13
Asperger Syndrome Before Wing's Paper 15
Wing's Contributions 17
Other Early Reports of Higher Functioning Autism 20
The Role of the DSM 21
2 Diagnosis and Classification 25
Common Elements in DSM-IV Criteria for Asperger Syndrome and Autism 27
Primary Difference in DSM-IV Criteria for Asperger Syndrome and Autism 30
Additional Aspects of AS in DSM-IV 32
Current Perspectives on the Relationship of Autism and AS 34
Diagnosis of Related Disorders 38
3 Psychological Assessment of Asperger Syndrome 45
Goals of Psychological Assessment 47
Psychological Assessment Procedures 49
Summary of Recommendations for Assessment 68
After the Assessment 69
4 Interventions 73
Theoretical Foundations of the TEACCH Structured Teaching Method for Autism Spectrum Disorders 74
Implications of AS/HFA for Designing Interventions 76
Additional Principles of Intervention 83
Age-Specific Interventions 85
5 Final Thoughts 109
The Autism Spectrum 109
Divisions Within the Autism Spectrum 109
What Is in a Name? 112
Epilogue 113
References 115
Index 125
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