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Asperger's Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals Paperback – January 15, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-1853025778 ISBN-10: 1853025771 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Pub; 1 edition (January 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853025771
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853025778
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tony Attwood is a practising Clinical Psychologist who specialises in the field of Asperger's Syndrome. For the last 25 years he has met and worked with several hundred individuals with this syndrome, ranging widely in age, ability and background.

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Very well written and easy to understand.
Angel Fitzwilliams
There are also three appendices for further information, as well as a large reference section (including a list of informational websites).
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It has really helped me understand myself and my children better.
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169 of 173 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
In the Preface, Attwood mentions meeting over a thousand individuals with Asperger's Syndrome, ranging widely in age, ability, and background, and of being impressed by some of their abilities. As an AS person myself, I am impressed by Attwood's understanding of these individuals as real people, and by the simple straightforward language used. Temple Grandin's review, as printed on the back cover of this book, said that the book would have been a great benefit to her as a teenager and young adult. It also includes positive aspects of Asperger's Syndrome. Her full review summed up the book well and could well have been included in this series of reviews. There are eight main chapters, titled Diagnosis, Social Behaviour, Language, Interests and Routine, Motor Clumsiness, Cognition, Sensory Sensitivity, and Frequently Asked Questions. There are also three appendices, including Diagnostic Criteria. And there are References, Subject Index, and Author Index. Only of late has there been a widening of knowledge of Asperger's Syndrome. This is a book that has measurably helped, and will be useful for quite a while yet.
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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Angel Fitzwilliams on February 22, 1999
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This book was the best I have found so far. As a parent of a 7-year-old with this syndrome, it has beem my "Bible" since I got it. I never realized how much my son fit the diagnosis. For any parents with doubts about your child's diagnosis, this will ease your doubts. This book is very "layperson" friendly and easy to understand. I have given a copy to anyone who deals with my son. It has helped them also, to best deal with him. Very well written and easy to understand. Thank- you Tony Attwood!!!
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Terri Cylinder on May 11, 2000
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When my son was young, no one knew about Asperger's. He was diagnosed ADD, then ADHD with PDD. When he was diagnosed with AS at age 14, this is the first thing I read. It was as if Dr. Attwood had been spying on my son since he was born. This book gives incredible insight into this syndrome and has been of great help to our family and my son's teachers in dealing with his way of viewing life. Thank you!
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Kim F on January 24, 2004
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This book is the first book I reccommend to anyone who is facing a diagnosis of high functioning autism or Asperger's Syndrome in their family. My 10 year old son is "officially" diagnosed with high functioning autism, but those of us in the know, realize how little that means. Tony Attwood is simply amazing, this book breaks Asperger's Syndrome down for you, step by step, symptom by symptom, and is a real help and reference. Even after being involved in the autism spectrum now for over 6 years, I still refer to this book on a regular basis. Also, unlike many books I have read about autism and Asperger's Syndrome, this book is written very much for the lay person, you don't have to have a PhD to understand this book. There are also very practical solutions for many of the challenging problems unique to Asperger's and austism in here as well, many of them we have used with much sucess with our son. One example I can think of off the top of my head is teaching pragmatic language skills, something that neuro-typical children understand naturally, and children with Asperger's have to laboriously be taught. Temple Grandin's endorsement at the end is literally the icing on the cake.
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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Amara VINE VOICE on April 25, 2000
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Not many books can truly be called "must-have", but if you have a child with Aspergers, teach a child with Aspergers or deal in any way with a child with Aspergers, you NEED this book. I find myself referring so often back to it to help me understand my 5 year old son. I think my favorite part of this book is that it's positive---it doesn't gloss over the tough parts of life with AS, but it leaves you feeling the author truly likes and admires those with AS. I have lend this book to all my son's teachers, my parents and many others. It's amazing how it deals with the big issues, like school, dealing with changes and socialization, and even helped me understand little issues like why my son is obsessed with Thomas the Tank Engine!
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 7, 2000
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While this book is primarily for parents and teachers of children with AS, it belongs on the bookshelf of anyone concerned about AS. What sets this book apart from others is that it not only describes AS, but also provides concrete guidance.
The first chapter describes diagnosis. Each of the next six chapters describes a particular impairment associated with AS, with real-life examples, and gives strategies for dealing with that impairment, both in detail and in bullet form at the end of the chapter. After those chapters are a FAQ and various appendices, one of which lists numerous resources.
The most touching parts are the numerous first-hand descriptions of AS included in the various chapters, in both prose and poems.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Elim Garak on September 30, 2005
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Dr Tony Attwood is undoubtably the world's leading authority on Asperger's Syndrome (AS), as cleary evidenced in his book.

I had the good fortune of hearing Dr Attwood speak on television one day, addressing a national press club. I realised within 15 minutes that I had Asperger's Syndrome, and suddenly a lot of problems that I had experienced, mainly social in nature, were explained.

In his book, Dr Attwood attempts to explain AS to the neuro-typical (NT) person, mainly parents and.or associated carers. As an AS sufferer, I found Dt Attwood had a deep understanding on the syndrome and the way it affects people. The book has a lot of practical value, and his insights and associated advice are extremely well thought out.

One of the overriding themes of the book is Dr Attwood's positive outlook for AS sufferers, and he emphasises that it can be overcome with time and perseverence. I found this approach refreshing from the outlook presented in other tomes for AS, which suggest that AS sufferers must accept the inherent limitations imposed on them by the AS. I feel that the majority, if not all, of AS sufferers can overcome the condition. All people go through learning curves in life, and must 'ride uphill' to get there. For AS sufferers, the hill is merely longer and steeper. Dr Attwood makes this point very well, and I'd like to quote a passage from his book (p183):

'The author has met many adults with Asperger's Syndrome who have described how in their late twenties or thirties they eventually managed to intellectually grasp the mechanisms of social skills. From then on the only people who knew of their condition were their family and those who knew them intimately.
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