The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome

The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome

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By (author) Tony Attwood

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  • Format: Paperback | 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 244mm x 25mm | 748g
  • Publication date: 15 May 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1843106698
  • ISBN 13: 9781843106692
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: black & white tables, figures
  • Sales rank: 767

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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

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Author information

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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By jo burke 19 Aug 2010 5

I feel as if I have read every book out there about Asperger's syndrome. I bought this book on a day when I wasat my wits end and just dying to find some answers for why my son displayed some behaviours and moods. I can honestly say this book has given me greater understanding of his condition than any other in the 7 years I have been looking. It covers issues with anger/depression and behaviours that are exhibited and the possible reasons for each. It covers every aspect from birth to adulthood and has helped me genuinely get to grips with some of his more trying traits. I can not recommend it enough to any parent who wants some more indepth explanations. I found other publications describe the triads of impairment and often other traits with out discussing the emotions of the individual....why they may be angry, why they have to have the last word etc... Life changing read!

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"'From causes and diagnosis to differences in social interactions, perception, and mental health issues, The Complete Guide goes far beyond the usual Asperger's approach and is a "must" for any serious health reference collection.' - The Midwest Book Review '...encyclopaedic in its depth and detail.' - Good Autism Practice (GAP) 'The author has expertly captured the essence and distinctness of individuals with AS. This book should be considered as an essential resource for all therapists who come across children, adolescents and adults with AS.' - British Journal of Occupational Therapy '...the tone of the book throughout, whilst not shying away from the difficulties that Asperger's can present to individuals, retains a positive slant that helps maintain the reader's interest. And excellent read!' - Journal of Occupational Psychology '...a brilliant book - [it] doesn't leave my side in my work with clients with Asperger Syndrome. Enjoy!' - Speech and Language Therapy in Practice 'Tony Attwood elegantly combines scientific understanding with experiences from people who have AS, and the result is a book that is both easy to read and informative. He seamlessly weaves together research findings with his extensive clinical experience to provide practical ideas and suggestions.' - Community Care 'This book is a jewel among the growing number of books on the subject.' - Children Now Magazine 'Readers familiar with Attwood's work will be baying for this new 'bible' and will not be disappointed.' - Therapy Today 'An in depth exploration of the topic undertaken from a very positive and optimistic point of view by a clinical psychologist with long experience in the field.' - BILD Current Awareness Service 'The author has achieved real empathic understanding of children and adults whose basic problem is a biologically based lack of empathy with others. The book is to be highly recommended for those with Asperger's syndrome as well as for families, other carers and professionals in the field.' - Lorna Wing '...a good mix of research information, first person reports and clinical information. The section on sensory over-sensitivity is excellent.' - Temple Grandin, author of Thinking in Pictures and Animals in Translation '...a comprehensively researched and beautifully written state of the art review of what is currently known about Asperger's syndrome.' - Uta Frith 'Dr. Attwood, or Saint Tony as I call him, gave me the strength to come out to the world and admit I was only pretending to be normal. That strength saved my life, of that I am certain. And now Saint Tony has penned a new book and it is extraordinary... The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome is flawless in its ability to ease the trepidations, answer the questions, buoy the spirits, and encourage the dreams of those who walk with AS.' - Liane Holliday Willey, EdD author of Pretending to be Normal: Living With Asperger's Syndrome"

Table of contents

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.