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Asperger's Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals 1st Edition

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... it describes the syndrome and its practical implications better than any other I have seen. I can only quote Lorna Wing's praise for Tony Attwood's "leap into the minds of people with Asperger's syndrome" in the introduction...this is the book for giving to parents and professionals in the field for understanding the syndrome and its implications. In my practice, I place considerable emphasis on helping parents and professionals to understand Asperger's syndrome and by using this understanding to work with affected individuals. I strongly recommend this book as an adjunct to diagnostic explanations and discussions of the syndrome's implications. For the practising clinician working with individuals with Asperger's syndrome this book is a must. -- Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry Asperger's Syndrome provides much helpful information about the characteristics of this disorder and strategies for learning skills acquired so easily by others, but with much difficulty by the person with AS. It is an excellent guide that does not rely on scientific terminology for explanations. Chapters on social behaviour, language, interests, routines, physical clumsiness, cognition and sensory sensitivity are written in a very basic language, yet they are quite detailed and informative. Each chapter includes a brief and handy summary of strategies both parents and teachers will find helpful when dealing with children with this disorder. -- NAMI Advocate Attwood injects a positive note about people with this puzzling syndrome and I found his depth of knowledge and practical experience of people with Asperger's Syndrome, as a parent, a very positive outlook...The section on Frequently asked Questions was better than having a private consultation with a specialist and gave one the sensation of being part of a well informed support group. -- Journal of Learning Disabilities for Nursing, Health and Social Care One of the leading figures on the lecture circuit, Attwood has written extensively on Asperger's Syndrome and HFA. Despite age, this book still offers tremendous insight into the identification and treatment of children on the higher functioning end of ASD...essential for libraries. -- Library Journal Tony Attwood is not only an inspiring presenter; he is also an inspiring writer. Tony you have done it again! You have produced another bestseller on Asperger's syndrome. Tony's new book, The Complete Guide to Asperger, is indeed a book for anyone who has an interest or passion in understanding how individuals with Asperger's Syndrome view the neurotypical world. Tony integrates research and practice, highlighting key issues with an abundance of insightful contributions from people with Asperger's Syndrome. His eloquent style of writing is both informative and entertaining. -- Professor Verity Bottroff, School of Medicine, Flinders University, Adelaide, S.A Tony Attwood's empathy, knowledge and common-sense approach to describing individuals with Asperger's syndrome, highlighting the problems that they and their families, teachers and carers often face, and outlining the practical and achievable strategies for intervention and education is spot-on. Attwood has achieved the rare feat of describing the current state of scientific knowledge in accessible and understandable language. The book is thus a rich source of information...I'm almost embarrassed to find myself writing such an overwhelmingly positive review, but this book was a delight to read from start to finish. Everyone who works in the field, every parent, and I suspect many individuals with Asperger's syndrome will want to read this book. -- Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry When my daughter Stephanie was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, I felt I was starting at square one. My daughter had also been diagnosed with a kidney disease at birth but we got the diagnosis when she was 7, and I felt like I had a new child. One name kept coming up during the initial stages of my research: Tony Attwood. His book, Asperger's Syndrome - A Guide for Parents and Professionals was the first I read and though I have read many more since, I can say his is the best one. My daughter's school district was as unfamiliar as I was with Asperger's at first, so, along with other resources, I loaned them the book. The school psychologist said it really helped him to understand and plan a behaviour modification plan for Stephanie. -- Exceptional Parent Magazine

Book Description

The most relevant and useful information on Asperger's Syndrome in one guide

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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: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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