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Publisher's Summary

The Asperger's syndrome bible for parents and professionals, newly updated with an introduction explaining the DSM-5. 

The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome is the definitive handbook for anyone affected by Asperger's syndrome (AS). Now including a new introduction explaining the impact of DSM-5 on the diagnosis and approach to 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. Chapters examine:  

  •  Causes and indications of the syndrome
  •  The diagnosis and its effect on the individual
  •  Theory of mind
  •  Social interaction, including friendshipsthers
  •  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
  • 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 listening 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.

"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." (The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome)

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio on our desktop site.

©2019 Dr Anthony Attwood (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

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  • Ara
  • 2021-10-29

Most thorough

this is the most thorough and detailed book on autism I have read. it's a must-read.

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  • Sheritta
  • 2020-08-21

A must read to understand your love one

My partner is almost a senior citizen and has not been diagnosed, nor is he interested in learning about his disorder or the "label." Nevertheless, he is atypical and now I understand that he loves me in his own way and may never change. Thank you for this book. It is the fourth book on the topic and by far the most through.

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  • Anthony Tortorici
  • 2021-06-05

Changed my life forever!

Title of my reviews says it all. 45 years old and just found out I have aspbergers syndrome. Life makes sense.

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  • Steven Graham
  • 2019-11-14

Thorough

Amazingly thorough, scientific, and by far best book I've read on Aspergers yet. Perhaps repetitive at times, but is applicable and demonstrates the overlapping influence of traits. Neuro-typical, clinical observation of wide array of high functioning autistic people.

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  • Fabian
  • 2021-07-19

Informative yet flawed

Tony is very knowledgeable and kind. Yet he still thinks Hans Aspergers was ant nazi and a hero. Excuse me what? Has he read the current historical literature on Asperger? He was active in his work with the nazi goverment. Every current historian agrees. Ofcourse Tony believes Aspergers daughter version of the story. This os the result of a paper published in the Journal of Molecular Autism on 2018 by Herwig : "Asperger managed to accommodate himself to the Nazi regime and was rewarded for his affirmations of loyalty with career opportunities. He joined several organizations affiliated with the NSDAP (although not the Nazi party itself), publicly legitimized race hygiene policies including forced sterilizations and, on several occasions, actively cooperated with the child ‘euthanasia’ program. The language he employed to diagnose his patients was often remarkably harsh (even in comparison with assessments written by the staff at Vienna’s notorious Spiegelgrund ‘euthanasia’ institution), belying the notion that he tried to protect the children under his care by embellishing their diagnoses."

The content itself is not that controversial.

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  • 2020-07-24

Great for recently diagnosed aspies!

A very long and in depth look at Asperger's syndrome. Fantastic for anyone who wants more than a superficial explanation.

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  • Wife & Mother
  • 2021-09-26

The perfect book for the subject

For anyone struggling to understand this topic, this book is perfect. A must read, for sure.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-07-12

Enlightening

Felt like they were discussing my entire childhood, good to finally realize the truth! Highly recommend!!!

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  • Tintin
  • 2021-05-31

Fascinating,, repetitive

Good analysis clearly from an expert.. severe. Much cotent is repeated, oddly including whole a sections cut and pasted. Focused on more severe cases. Would be invaluable for a parent. I've often thought 1. we're all on the spectrum, and 2. aspbergers is not all bad. This book supports #2, but this book is ņot so nuanced for mild cases.

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  • Sun-Sensitive
  • 2020-11-09

Super Informative and Easily Referenced

I’m just beginning my Aspergers journey, have discovered that in addition to ADHD, all of us in my family of four are also Aspies. This book explained so much struggle in my life, including my marriage. Would love to hear more about aspie male + aspie female coupling. After 20+ years together, it’s reassuring I’m not broken nor the sole issue source. I wish there were an accompanying handbook or detailed index (with times for the audio version). I cannot recommend their book enough...

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  • Lee
  • 2020-07-12

Insight into Aspies

Tony Atwood takes you inside the wonderful minds of Aspies. The main thing I realized from this book is as a NTbI may not always understand them them but understanding requires judgement acceptance doesn’t.

Wonderful book, you will get a total insight into the mind of Aspies.

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  • 2020-12-05

Excellent

Description complète.
Explications et termes faciles à comprendre.
Exemples parfaits.
Écoute sur plusieurs jours avec une perception parfaite du syndrome.
J'ai adoré.