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The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome

The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome 2014-02-10

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  3. Digital
Tony Attwood
"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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First book I read after self diagnosing aged 48 and awaiting formal diagnosis.
First off, the book was a lot more about childhood/children that I expected/hoped, but then that also helped me make sense of my past. So perhaps not what I thought I needed, but actually very useful.
Some of the book is a bit repetitive, and suffers a bit from edits/re-writes without someone from the publisher reading start to finish to pick up where there's a couple of sections rewritten with same examples, just fractionally different words.

I'm glad I've read, some things were amazing 'nuggets', some bits just plain didn't resonate or seem to apply, and I was left lacking in terms of advice/guidance for me as an adult. Lots of examples of the exercises and needs of children, but as with what seems to be the case in general, this book didn't really give a lot of tips for an adult to pick up and use.
Professionally written by a professional in the field is a big plus as so many resources "book" are not.
The primary focus is on children to teens to perhaps early life "aspies". A lot can be confirmed as far as anecdotes and shared experiences but not actionable in a past (been there) context in some respects
Within this focus, a very good book, but as far as constructive actionable focus on mid or later life adults, not so IMHO.
If you're going to get one book on the topic, this would have to be it. It's comprehensive and covers not only things that might be part of the diagnosis, but related traits which he has seen in his clinical practice. The end of chapter summaries are nice.
One of the later books I discovered whilst reading-researching about Autistic Spectrum Disorder but soooooooo wish it had been the first! The kind understanding with which this book is written still moves me to tears because the authenticity with which the personal experiences are recorded means it is instantly recognizable to any Spectrumite..
Most comprehensive and professional guide to the disorder. Must read as an introduction to AS. It's a bit more skewed toward children and boys, although there are sections about marriage and mentions of gender differences. So it's not everything, but it is an excellent starting point.
A really good book about Aspergers. Pretty comprehensive, too. I read the book and decided that I probably have the disability. I would recommend it to anybody interested in Aspergers.
This book is probably the best introductory book to Aspergers. It acknowledges and discusses the various difficulties both children and adults on the spectrum face, and is fairly comprehensive. Something I wasn't too fond of was his excessive quotation of Liane Holliday Willey, it would have been better if he had drawn on the experiences of a more diverse group rather than constantly referring to the experiences of one individual. Regardless, this book is certainly worth reading.
It's a good book. Attwood's website is also informative.
Tony Atwood, the author of this book, is one of the world's top experts on Aspergers. He has an understanding of Aspergers that I used to think only other Aspies could have.
One of the first books on AS I read, I found it a good introduction.
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