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The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder): Revised Edition Paperback – May 15, 2008
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This book really is a must-have resource for all academic libraries, college psychology classes, parents and relatives of those with AS, clinicians and medical professionals, teachers, and of course, those of us who have AS. -- Autism Spectrum Quarterly
This is the single best book currently available on Asperger's Syndrome (AS)... It presents a very readable but highly authoritative account based on Attwood's extensive clinical experience and a wealth of case studies, research and personal accounts... Essential reading for parents and families (as well as others coming into contact with individuals with AS) -- Debate
This is a comprehensive and thorough discussion of Asperger's. Atwood excels at making this text not only an easy read, but also a valuable reference. The book is full of knowledge and true life stories of those affected by Aspergers. -- Spectrum Magazine
This comprehensive guide to understanding Asperger's Syndrome is easy to read. It has a very practical approach and will appeal to young people with Aspergers Syndrome, parents, carers and professionals alike. Understanding is helped by personal insights and practical strageties for those with AS and for carers too. For readers who do not have a lot of time there is a quick reference index to go straight to the aspect you want to know about first. Newcomers to the subject will find the glossary invaluable. If it whets your appetite there are 22 pages of refernces for further study and a section on further resources. -- CaN! Wales Carers Network and Autism Academy Bulletin
All in all an excellent resource for anyone's shelf who comes into contact with Asperger's Syndrome. The Key points and strategies section at the end of each chapter in invaluable for finding that key piece of information you need without having to read the whole chapter. There is also a very useful frequently asked questions chapter and a section with useful resources for anyone wishing to find furter information on a particular aspect of AS, as well as literature and educational tools. Does exactly what it state on the tin! -- COTSS PLD Newsletter
This is a very informative read which is aimed at not only the professionals, but also the parents, teachers and family members of those people suffering from Aspergers Sundrome. It will also serve as a comfort for those people who have either been diagnosed with AS or have an inkling that they might be on the spectrum as it details not only the symptoms but also coping mechanisms. Personally speaking, this was a comfort to me because I fell that I am on the spectrum somewhere and it's enough for me, now, to understand that...The language is never too technical, and has quotations from Hans Asperger (who first diagnosed the condition) as well as excerpts from Aspies themselves - which add another dimension to the book. As a first step into the world of Aspergers Sundrome this is a perfect start. It has a whole list of resources at the back for people, should they wish to take their reading further, including a list of websites as well. An informative read, I can not recommend this book highly enough. -- bfkbooks.com
Have a question about Asperger syndrome? Chances are it's answered in this comprehensive guide by Australian Tony Attwood. Attwood has been studying, writing about and speaking about AS for many years, and has gained a reputation for being knowledgable, approachable, and practical in his advice and thoughts. Attwood also manages to be enormously respectful to people with AS -- something that can't be said for all such guides. One of the nicest and most surprising aspects of this compendium of knowledge is that it's easy to read. Although Attwood does use "vocabulary words," he's careful to keep his language down-to-earth and engaging. Readers who aren't quite sure what a particular term means can check the glossary in the back of the book. -- About.com
Usually, the first place I send any client for information is Tony Attwood's The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome. For parents of kids just diagnosed with Asperger's, adults who think that maybe they've always been on the autism spectrum, or autistic teens who are starting to transition into adulthood, this book is a solid place to start. I think of this book as the Asperger's equivalent to The Joy of Cooking. There are lots of specialized cookbooks out there, covering the details of Thai cuisine, or how to use a slow cooker, but the classic Joy of Cooking can get you started and point out where to go next. Attwood's The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome can get you started on just about any Asperger related issue, and show you where to go from there. -- The Autism News
In 1998, Australian clinical psychologist Attwood published Asperger's Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals, which quickly established him as an international expert on the condition. Here, he updates research in this rapidly evolving field, offering a wealth of information on childhood, college, long-term relationships, and careers. He gives comprehensive coverage of topics such as friendship, bullying, special interests, and theory of mind. Each chapter begins with a quote from Hans Asperger himself and includes firsthand experiences from individuals with Asperger's, including Temple Grandin, Liane Holliday Willey, and Stephen Shore. Particularly helpful are the "Key Points and Strategies" at each chapter's end and the detailed FAQs, glossary, resources, and references sections. Attwood writes, "I usually say to the child, `Congratulations, you have Asperger's syndrome,' and explain that this means he or she is not mad, bad or defective, but has a different way of thinking." His work skillfully brings together the current information on this fascinating condition and is an essential purchase for academic and public libraries. -- Library Journal
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The Complete Guide to AS helped me immensely in understanding myself, why I am so different, and how I can better succeed in life and have positive relationships. I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn about the condition and cannot thank Dr. Attwood enough for producing such a book an sharing his expertise. Thank you!
Learning how to improve social abilities can only be possible for people who do, in fact, realize that they and other people have varied thoughts and emotions. What people with Aspergers have trouble with is intuiting social communication, but that can happen to anyone in specific situations - such as traveling to a very different culture. I would have felt this book was much stronger if the author took the time to acknowledge there is debate around this issue in the community.
It's a guidebook for those who love Aspies and want to help navigate them through life without shaming them, or making them feel bad about how they were born. My kid is much happier with a family who understands him and can help him make connections and who can intelligently explain how he's different to other people who haven't read this book. God bless Tony Attwood.
I buy this again and again to give away. It's that important.
This book explained all the things I just couldn't understand about who I am. It also explained why other people respond to me the way they do. My mother didn't reject me, she thought it was her fault I was different. And now I understand that I don't have to be afraid all the time.
There is lots more to read and take on board. I wish my parents had known about this book when I was young. Thank you Tony Attwood for writing this book.
You have to go back just a tad to understand this. Asperger's Syndrome is no longer in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (the "guide" the medical profession uses to diagnose people with disorders like Autism). This means that Asperger's is no longer an in use diagnosis. No one going to a psychologist, psychiatrist, etc. will be diagnosed with this at current.
People who formerly met the diagnostic criteria for Asperger's will now be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This will most likely a diagnosis called Autism Spectrum Disorder without Accompanying Intellectual Impairment. This is just something done for the convenience of the psychiatric community, in my view. Cobble everything up under one diagnostic spectrum. In other words, instead of having 2 disorders- Asperger's and Autism, have a single spectrum called Autism. For you and I, this means nothing.
That is why this book is still pure gold. If you have a family member with high functioning Autism (meaning they are able to live independently, and/or do well in some or all of their academic subjects, or do not have an IQ less than 70, like most people with Autism) or you suspect they have it, this book will enlighten you. I felt like it was written about me the entire time I was reading it.
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Tony Attwood has an ability to convey information is an accessible easy to read manner. The knowledge and wisdom conveyed however is vast. He sensitively describes and explains people with AS and their particular way of being in the world.
He deals with AS in children and in adults and also looks at the situation of those who are undiagnosed. The sections I found particularly interesting and useful were those on empathy, the uderstanding and expression of emotions, language (especially conversation), long term relationships. Each reader will however discover their own particular area of concern.
I can't recommend it highly enough
Page 23. Compensatory and adjust strategies to being different: a reactive depression, escape into imagination, denial and arrogance, imitation of others. Page 31. The self-affirmation pledge for those with Aspergers syndrome written by Liane Holliday Willey. Page 80. Same gender and opposite gender friendships.
The chapters about bullying and trauma can be quite triggering, not for the faint-hearted. The theory of mind chapter is very insightful and considerate about the experiences of autistic people. On page 138 it briefly mentions PTSD in relation to autism spectrum disorder.
On page 140 it talks about the 1-in-3 likely hood of autistic people getting depression, this is written in a very compassionate way. Chapter 7 about ‘special interest’ made me chuckle, so many of the descriptions here are relatable and entertaining to read.
Chapter 9 focusing on cognitive abilities strikes a chord in its description of learning styles, the paradox of being ‘gifted’ yet struggling in basic exams and educational settings. Chapter 13 about long-term relationships is fascinating, especially when it comes to the perception that an autistic person will ‘grow-out’ of their often-anti-social ways, showing their affection and heartfelt love in non-traditional, sometimes confusing ways and that our emotional restorative is solitude from others rather than company.
Overall, if you’re into dense books especially the academic kind, this might be suitable for you. Maybe it’s just me but I struggled to read this book without feeling drained. More academic, child and parent-focused which may be helpful to some.
I highly recommend this book as a starting point if you're in a similar situation. It's organised into clear section, which makes it easy to pick the parts relevant to you, depending on what your focus is. It's exceptionally detailed with plenty of examples and practical advice. Each chapter is also followed with a summary, reiterating the main points. There are also recommendations on further resources, for example, The Social Story methodology.
I read a couple of other books on Asperger's since then, but this definitely gets my vote as the most comprehensive resource. In a nutshell, if you only buy one book on Asperger's then this is the one.
book gives some ideas what is happening with somebody with that condition.
It has all the information I was looking for within its pages and was easy to read and understand.
It is the book recommended by the various health professionals I have come across during the diagnosis of both myself and my daughter with this condition.
Also includes the various tests for determining if you're really as Asperger, and to what degree.
Divided into clear sections which can be read individually or as a whole, each describes the 'problem', how it is assessed, how it is likely to affect the AS person and what therapies/ treatments are available to help with it. It covers all ages from young children up to adults, with the differing variations through the years noted (e.g. sensitivity may decrease as our systems mature - or we learn better coping skills).
It does need reading in chunks or you'll get information overload, but it's very easy to read, follow and understand and the resources section at the back is very useful.
Definitely another winner!