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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers; 1 edition (May 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843106698
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843106692
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 17.3 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 10 2007
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Attwood is the leading expert on Asperger's Syndrome (AS) which is the spectrum partner to autism. This book is, at the time of this review his most current work. It is a shining gem and one of the standouts in autism/Asperger's (a/A) literature. If you are on the a/A continuum or know somebody who is, this book is your best friend. You will refer to it many times.

What makes this book all the more excellent and distinct is that Dr. Attwood discusses adults on the a/A spectrum as well. Autism in its myriad forms including AS does not clear up once a person hits adulthood. If you have it, it is with you for the long haul. Dr. Attwood's book and words of wisdom help lighten the load.

I have bought several copies of this book and have kept one for myself and gave the others to professionals in dire need of it. This book deserves a place of high honor and no parent; professional; person on the spectrum; anybody involved with a person/people on the spectrum should go without this book.

I was delighted to see a section devoted to intersensory marriage, that is of a neurotypical (NT) person to somebody on the a/A continuum. I would like to see more coverage of this much needed topic as AS presents a wide array of social challenges. Still, it is heartwarming; uplifting and encouraging to see more information devoted to intersensory marriages.

I agree with other reviewers who say Dr. Attwood is the best - I think we should propose a toast and raise our glasses to Dr. Attwood!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John M. Ford TOP 100 REVIEWER on Feb. 20 2013
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Tony Attwood has authored the comprehensive guide to Asperger's Syndrome (AS). It is exhaustively detailed and will appeal to those preferring a complete treatment. Attwood is a leading expert on autism spectrum disorders and well qualified to introduce this topic and explore it in depth.

The first two chapters introduce Hans Asperger's early observations of children with "mild autistic personality disorder" and their unique pattern of social, emotional, and linguistic differences. He identifies AS on a continuum of natural abilities between autism and normal ("neurotypical"). The relative advantages of seeking a confirmed AS diagnosis are explored along with possible misdiagnoses such as ADHD or a mood disorder. Newly diagnosed "Aspies" may slip into one of four common compensation strategies: reactive depression, escape into imagination, denial and arrogance, or imitation of a "normal" model. Readers are acquainted with formal diagnostic criteria for AS and several scales and questionnaires useful for diagnosis.

Chapters Three through Eleven discuss the distinguishing features of AS in depth. Each chapter covers research findings, individual differences, coping strategies, and AS strengths as well as challenges. AS individuals have different experiences with social understanding and friendship, teasing and bullying, "theory of mind" in understanding others, understanding and expressing emotion, hobbies or "special interests," language, cognitive ability, movement and coordination, and sensory sensitivity. The treatment of each feature is coherent and comprehensive. The summaries which follow each chapter are excellent outlines of key ideas and conclusions.
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Extremely informative book, looks at all aspects of aspergers syndrome, and offers some suggestions to help with the challenges someone with aspergers might face. Great for someone who may want to understand someone with aspergers a little better, or for someone, like me, who highly suspects that I may have AS, or someone who is diagnosed to want to learn more about themselves.
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By Dom on April 21 2014
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You want to know more about asperger's syndrome, choose this book!!!!! You will not regret buying it, I swear it to you!
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This book is the best starting place for adults who have just been diagnosed with high functioning autism to learn all about it! Because it is so exhaustive, it is not possible to read all at once. But it is written in a really engaging way! And Dr. Attwood is our real 'go-to' person on high functioning autism! Excellent. The many stories and books referred to by Dr. Attwood throughout the book gave me a great source of added readings on Asperger's/high functioning autism.
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By Robaby on Aug. 8 2013
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My daughter with Aspergers can't put this down! For the first time she feels SPECIAL! She is special! She understands things I can't!
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