The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome is the definitive handbook for anyone affected by Asperger's syndrome (AS). Now including a new introduction explaining the impact of DSM-5 on the diagnosis and approach to 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.
'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
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.
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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More than 1 year ago
If you are a parent or teacher, and have a connection to someone with Asperger's syndrom, this book is a must have! Tony is a down-to-earth author who writes so that everyone can benefit from his facts, details, and research.
More than 1 year ago
I final have answers to the many questions I had been asking myself for the pass seven year.what is wrong with my child? I knew my son was different at age two but could not figure out why. He is now ten. Before I could finish chapter one of the book I had this over whelming feeling of relief. I was actually happy to have answers to questions that no one could provide. This book is like my bible for understanding my son and what he has been going through. It has really brought home what he has been experiencing. The stories told by others who have suffered for year not knowing what was wrong, but knowing something was different about them really hit home. I went through so many emotions: happy because I finally have answers, scare because of what's ahead for my son and a lot of "aha" moments because the book explained a lot. It provides some great suggestion for parent and teacher on how to handle a child with Asperger's Syndrome. If your child seem normal on the outside but he or you think something is different about the way they think or feel inside read this book. It might answer a lot of your questions.
More than 1 year ago
Attwood has led the field when it comes to opening our minds to another way to look at this developmental disorder. Filled with scientific research this book is not without heart. Books on Asperger's Syndrome need to help the reader learn more but it is important to recognize that we are all part of the human condition. Attwood does a marvelous job in weaving together a useful guidebook to this complex disorder.
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