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Asperger Syndrome in Adolescence: Living with the Ups, the Downs and Things in Between

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Book - Asperger Syndrome in Adolescence: Living with the Ups, the Downs and Things in Between

by: Liane Holliday Willey

About the author:

Liane Holliday Willey is a doctor of education, a writer and a researcher who specializes in the fields of psycholinguistics and learning style differences. A frequent guest lecturer on aspie topics, Dr. Willey is an energetic educator and advocate of Asperger issues. She is also the author of Pretending to be Normal and Asperger Syndrome in the Family.

ISBN: 978-1-84310-742-2

Year: 2003

Publication Info: Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Pub.
Language: English


Childhood and adult experiences of individuals with Asperger Syndrome (AS) are becoming increasingly well documented, yet the crucial formative teenage years have, so far, been neglected. Adolescence is a difficult time for any teenager, but when you have Asperger Syndrome this already emotionally complex time of life becomes all the more challenging. Reflecting the views of parents, professionals and those with AS themselves, this book tackles issues that are pertinent to all teenagers, such as sexuality, depression and friendship, as well as discussing topics like disclosure and therapeutic alternatives that are more specific to those with AS. This book aims to make the transition from child to adult as smooth as possible, and is an essential survival guide to adolescence.



Foreword, Luke Jackson, UK. Introduction. 1. Asperger Syndrome in the adolescent years, Richard Howlin, USA. 2. Cognitive behavior therapy, Tony Attwood, Australia. 3. The sexuality of adolescents with Asperger Syndrome, Isabelle Henault, University of Quebec, Canada. 4. Can my baby learn to dance?, Steve Gutstein, The Connections Center, USA. 5. The importance of occupational therapy for adolescents with Asperger Syndrome, Marc Willey and Liane Holliday Willey, USA. 6. Safety issues for Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome, Dennis Debbaudt, Debbaudt Detective Agency, USA. 7. When the thunder roars, Liane Holliday Willey, USA. 8. Settling into the diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome, Rebecca Moyes, Educational Consultant for State of Pennsylvania, USA. 9. Families and parenting – the domino effect, Jacqui Jackson, UK. 10. Starting from scratch: Being innovative in finding interventions for your adolescent with Asperger Syndrome, DeAnn Foley, President of `Reaching Aspergers/Autism through Information and Networking’, USA. 11. Education and the adolescent with Asperger Syndrome, Lise Pyles, Australia. 12. Disclosure for people on the autism spectrum, Stephen Shore, USA. 13. How do I be me?



An insightful resource! I found this book to be very informative. The author’s explanation of the syndrome was clear and very easy to understand. To read the preface by Luke Jackson, a student identified with Asperger’s, was also very moving and validating. I am in the process of referring a high school student for Asperger’s screening. This book was my number 1 resource in my own exposure to this disability and its place on the Autistic spectrum. The author covers such innovative topics as; cognitive behavior therapy, exploring friendships,the sexuality of Asperger teens, the importance of occupational therapy, safety issues,diagnosis, parenting, interventions strategies, educational concerns and disclosure & self-advocacy. One would hope a child with Asperger’s would be diagnosed at the elementary level. However, with such a new awakening to the topic, I feel there are probably hundreds of misdiagnosed adolescents out there waiting for help and insight. Parents, I urge you to approach your child’s teachers if you suspect Asperger-like characteristics in your own child. Then, I recommend you all read this book!


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