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The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome [Paperback]

Tony Attwood
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Book Description

May 1 2008
"The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome" is the definitive handbook for anyone affected by Asperger's syndrome (AS). It brings together a wealth of information on all aspects of the syndrome for children through to adults.Drawing on case studies and personal accounts from Attwood's extensive clinical experience, and from his correspondence with individuals with AS, this book is both authoritative and extremely accessible. The chapters examine: causes and indications of the syndrome; the diagnosis and its effect on the individual; theory of mind; the perception of emotions in self and others; social interaction, including friendships; long-term relationships; teasing, bullying and mental health issues; the effect of AS on language and cognitive abilities, sensory sensitivity, movement and co-ordination skills; and, career development.There is also an invaluable frequently asked questions chapter and a section listing useful resources for anyone wishing to find further information on a particular aspect of AS, as well as literature and educational tools.Essential reading for families and individuals affected by AS as well as teachers, professionals and employers coming in contact with people with AS, this book should be on the bookshelf of anyone who needs to know or is interested in this complex condition.

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"'From causes and diagnosis to differences in social interactions, perception, and mental health issues, The Complete Guide goes far beyond the usual Asperger's approach and is a "must" for any serious health reference collection.' - The Midwest Book Review '...encyclopaedic in its depth and detail.' - Good Autism Practice (GAP) 'The author has expertly captured the essence and distinctness of individuals with AS. This book should be considered as an essential resource for all therapists who come across children, adolescents and adults with AS.' - British Journal of Occupational Therapy '...the tone of the book throughout, whilst not shying away from the difficulties that Asperger's can present to individuals, retains a positive slant that helps maintain the reader's interest. And excellent read!' - Journal of Occupational Psychology '...a brilliant book - [it] doesn't leave my side in my work with clients with Asperger Syndrome. Enjoy!' - Speech and Language Therapy in Practice 'Tony Attwood elegantly combines scientific understanding with experiences from people who have AS, and the result is a book that is both easy to read and informative. He seamlessly weaves together research findings with his extensive clinical experience to provide practical ideas and suggestions.' - Community Care 'This book is a jewel among the growing number of books on the subject.' - Children Now Magazine 'Readers familiar with Attwood's work will be baying for this new 'bible' and will not be disappointed.' - Therapy Today 'An in depth exploration of the topic undertaken from a very positive and optimistic point of view by a clinical psychologist with long experience in the field.' - BILD Current Awareness Service 'The author has achieved real empathic understanding of children and adults whose basic problem is a biologically based lack of empathy with others. The book is to be highly recommended for those with Asperger's syndrome as well as for families, other carers and professionals in the field.' - Lorna Wing '...a good mix of research information, first person reports and clinical information. The section on sensory over-sensitivity is excellent.' - Temple Grandin, author of Thinking in Pictures and Animals in Translation '...a comprehensively researched and beautifully written state of the art review of what is currently known about Asperger's syndrome.' - Uta Frith 'Dr. Attwood, or Saint Tony as I call him, gave me the strength to come out to the world and admit I was only pretending to be normal. That strength saved my life, of that I am certain. And now Saint Tony has penned a new book and it is extraordinary... The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome is flawless in its ability to ease the trepidations, answer the questions, buoy the spirits, and encourage the dreams of those who walk with AS.' - Liane Holliday Willey, EdD author of Pretending to be Normal: Living With Asperger's Syndrome"

About the Author

Tony Attwood is a practising clinical psychologist with more than 25 years' experience. He has worked with over 2000 individuals of all ages with Asperger's syndrome. He presents workshops and runs training courses for parents, professionals and individuals with AS all over the world and is a prolific author of articles and books on the subject.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Asperger's Bible - Truly a Godsend! Aug. 10 2007
By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spendid! Sept. 17 2008
By edrm
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Asperger Encyclopedia Feb. 20 2013
By John M. Ford TOP 100 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars How to understand Aspies Oct. 18 2014
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Simply an excellent source of information on what makes those with Asperger's Syndrome tick. As an Aspie, I found this book to be an invaluable guide to help me understand myself better and, once put into summary form, to help those around me better understand me as well. If you are an Aspie or have one in your life you wish to better understand, do not hesitate in buying this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative!. July 22 2014
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book April 18 2010
Lots of information to go through, and I mean lots. It's something to add to your library if you want to find out more or have someone with Asperger's in your life - whether you are a teacher, a parent, a sibling, an employer, or whatever. It's a good, yet long and informative, read. The author is great too, he writes some good books with lots of useful information.
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2.0 out of 5 stars good for novices
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Published 27 days ago by M.
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it!
You want to know more about asperger's syndrome, choose this book!!!!! You will not regret buying it, I swear it to you!
Published 6 months ago by Dom
5.0 out of 5 stars great book on high functioning autism
This book is the best starting place for adults who have just been diagnosed with high functioning autism to learn all about it! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Tina
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good!
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!
Published 14 months ago by Robaby
4.0 out of 5 stars Good starting place.
It's a great book for parents trying to learn more about ASD. I purchased this book after my son was diagnosed.
Published 17 months ago by Jennifer Wood
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The book was received in good condition and in time. Also, the price was quite good compare to others.
Published on Dec 21 2011 by Martin Jean-françois
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What a helpful book!!!!!
We are so greatfull to Tony for beeing so devoted to helping aspies in this world. Read more
Published on Nov. 23 2011 by customer
5.0 out of 5 stars learned a lot
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... Read more
Published on Sept. 20 2010 by Denise Sugden
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