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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers; 1 edition (May 15 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843106698
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843106692
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 2.4 x 24.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 844 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
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Tony Atwood is one of the greatest resources in the Asperger world and this is said to be the Asperger's Syndrome bible so make sure you keep it on you shelf, even if you don't read it cover to cover. It has loads of great information. -- One Girl Circus blog 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 Asperger's Syndrome Bible for parents and professionals, newly updated with an introduction explaining the DSM-5

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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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By edrm on Sept. 17 2008
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The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome is a must to strengthen your strategies as well as your knowledge on any kinds of specific symptoms on Asperger Syndrome. Also, Dr. Attwood explains other related and/or complicated syndromes. Although this book has so many pages, it is quite easy to read and includes no complicated structure. It is reader-friendly, if you ask me! If you find it quite tough to read it all through, you might as well pick up your favorite chapters. And it's going to lighten the loads of your mind and deepen your understanding on your AS traits.
After all, this book provides a lot of solutions to tackle their problems not only for Aspies but teachers, parents, friends, siblings, colleagues, and bosses who deal with AS people and those who are likely to have AS. And this will minimize their shortcomings on AS, worse or worst situations, and their stresses. It is Aspies who suffer their symptoms most!
If possible, I could give more than 6 stars to this wonderful book Tony Attwood wrote!
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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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I bought this to read up as I thought perhaps I had a child with this syndrome. I am not qualified to make a diagnosis but very much enjoyed the style and information that i received from this book. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to understand this better.
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What a helpful book!!!!!
We are so greatfull to Tony for beeing so devoted to helping aspies in this world.
My loved one- is a real aspie not a fake one, whom i have the priviledge to know intimatly. we found and addopted soooo many good advices that Tony provides in this book...every time WE, as a couple think we reached new level of intimacy and human conection we discover it can go deeper...buttomless deep.
Thanks to Tony we discovered, that when emotional support needed or when comunication between us breaks down , it is much better to write what needs to be heard down instead of talikng , sooooooo..... now my best freind who happened to be my husband, can express emotions easily and oh boy! do i ever enjoy reading and replying to his letters or notes. aditional and unexpected bonus: we do not hear our frustrated voices. There is much more in this book and it is truly all inclusive for any age group please read and enjoy as much as we did!
i offten think that all of the humans are aspeies, becuase we all strugle together n the world of feelings and emotions and we all can greatly benefit by saying what we mean and really mean what we say!
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