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5.0 out of 5 stars The authority on Asperger's Syndrome, September 30, 2005
This review is from: Asperger's Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals (Paperback)
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.'

I found this statement one of the most uplifting of the book, not to mention very true.

Another important component of the book are the emotional and social skills exercises recommended for young children. As an AS sufferer myself, I cannot stress the importance of early diagnosis. It prevents much disappointment and heartache in later life.

This is the authoritative text on AS, and required reading for any who has, or is associated with someone who has, Asperger's Syndrome. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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