The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome Paperback
by Tony Attwood
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
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages, black & white tables, figures
- Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
- Publication Date: 07/05/2008
- Category: Popular medicine & health
- ISBN: 9781843106692
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Review by Alexandra.Moraiti
I strongly reccomend this to individuals who suspect they may have AS, or have a close family member/s ,friend or work colleague that they otherwise suspect may have Aspergers Syndrome or the behavioural characteristics and developmental history associated with AS.I also reccomend this to students and professionals in the fields of psychology or educational sector,(state or independent)including but not limited to teaching and administrative staff, as well as H&R managers and personnel in companies. My only qualm is that in the chapter on 'Long-Term Relationships' ,the attributes and characteritics and significant difficulties that women with AS have to struggle with was bearly touched upon and neglected. More emphasis was placed on men with AS and their romantic relationships and potential as partners. Although this justifiably may be due to a gap in the research literature.Given that women (irrespective of whether they have a developmental syndrome or not) have to deal with fitting into the societal gender stereotypic roles I would have liked to see more information on this topic, although there are a number of resources that can be consulted at the end of the book. Overall, an excellent and compassionate book.
Review by davemac
A lot of repetition - his favorite word seems to be "immature(-ity)", not enough on coping as/with an adult with Aspergers, but it does help answer the cry, "Can anyone tell me who I am?" Perhaps this is not the cry of others with Aspergers but it is a cry the book helps answer nonetheless.