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
•the perception of emotions in self and others
•social interaction, including friendships
•teasing, bullying and mental health issues
•the effect of AS on language and cognitive abilities, sensory sensitivity, movement and co-ordination skills
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 about or is interested in this complex condition.
1. What is Asperger's Syndrome?; 2. The Diagnosis.; 3. Social Understanding and Friendship.; 4. Teasing and Bullying.; 5. Theory of Mind.; 6. The Understanding and Expression of Emotions.; 7. Special Interests.; 8. Language.; 9. Cognitive Abilities.; 10. Movement and Coordination.; 11. Sensory Sensitivity.; 12. Life After School: college and career.; 13. Long-term Relationships.; 14. Psychotherapy.; 15. Frequently Asked Questions.; References.; Subject index.; Author index.