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Asperger’s Syndrome – A Guide for Parents and Professionals.

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Book - Asperger’s Syndrome – A Guide for Parents and Professionals.

by: Tony Attwood

About the author:

A clinical psychologist from Brisbane, Australia, Dr. Tony Attwood has over thirty years of experience with individuals with autism, Asperger's Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD). He has worked with several thousand individuals, from infants to octogenarians, from profoundly disabled persons to university professors. Dr. Attwood works in private practice in Brisbane, but is also adjunct professor at Griffith University, Queensland. He presents workshops and training courses for parents, professionals, and individuals with autism all over the world. In addition, he is a prolific author of scientific papers and books. His books and videos on Asperger's Syndrome and high-functioning autism are recognized as the best offerings in the field

ISBN: 978-1-85302-577-8

Year: 1998

Publication Info: Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers; 1 edition (Jan 1 1997)
Language: English


Tony Attwood here provides a comprehensive guide designed to assist parents and professionals with the identification and treatment of both children and adults with Asperger’s syndrome. The book provides a description and analysis of the unusual characteristics of the syndrome and practical strategies to reduce those that are most conspicuous or debilitating. Beginning with a chapter on diagnosis, including an assessment test, the text covers all aspects of the syndrome from language to social behaviour to motor clumsiness, concluding with a chapter on the questions most frequently asked by those who come into contact with individuals with the syndrome.



Preface. 1.Diagnosis. 2.Social Behaviour. 3.Language. 4.Interests and Routine. 5.Motor Clumsiness. 6.Cognition. 7.Sensory Sensitivity. 8.Frequently Asked Questions. References. Appendices: Resource Material on Emotions and Friendship and Diagnostic Criteria. Index.



This book is an excellent resource tool regarding Asperger’s Syndrome. Asperger’s Syndrome (AS)is on the autism/Asperger’s (a/A) spectrum and has long been regarded as the “high functioning end of the autism spectrum.” Because this IS a spectrum, the behaviors and experiences and manifestations are as varied as there are individuals on the spectrum. However, there are certain diagnostic criteria that have to be met in order to determine if someone has Asperger’s Syndrome or a place on the a/A spectrum.
Tony Attwood validates the behavior of people on the spectrum; he writes in a plain, straight forward style that reaches ALL readers from professionals to persons just learning about Asperger’s. I like the way he encourages people with Aspeger’s embrace and accept this aspect of their lives. Tony Attwood makes it plain that a diagnosis of Asperger’s is NOT a death knell or a mental health condemnation; on the contrary, he describes a place on the a/A spectrum as a baseline for behaviors that had previously caused “undefined differences.” Asperger’s is not a mental illness and this point is underscored throughout the book. Tony Attwood’s voice is one of gentleness and acceptance; he describes behavior and sensory issues including synesthesia (linked sensory modes) in a way that invites and opens the door to discourse.

I can’t recommend this book highly enough. Tony Attwood not only validates Asperger’s, he explains it in a thoroughly logical and accepting way. This book deserves a place of honor among educators, medical/psychological/psychiatric professionals, parents whose children are on the spectrum and people who are on the spectrum. In fact, this is a book for everybody. THANK YOU, TONY ATTWOOD!


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