Asperger Syndrome and Psychotherapy: Understanding Asperger Perspectives

Synopsis

"People with Asperger Syndrome (AS) understand and respond to the world in a very different way from people without this condition. The challenge for psychotherapists working with Asperger clients lies in setting aside their own preconceptions and learning to understand their clients perspective. Behaviour that, in a neurotypical client, may be evidence of a problem, in an Asperger client, or an Asperger family member of a client, may simply be a manifestation of Asperger ways of approaching the world. Paula Jacobsen demonstrates how to interpret classic analytic and psychodynamic theories in relation to people with AS and explains how revised theories of mind, executive functioning and central coherence have helped provide new concepts and language with which to properly articulate the experiences of those with AS. The importance of the therapeutic relationship, case management, the need for collaboration between professionals, school consultation and the educational needs of children with AS, are also discussed at length, and illustrated by case studies. Providing an in-depth analysis of AS from a psychotherapist's point of view, this original book makes compelling reading for professionals, parents, families, teachers, and those with AS." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • London
Publication year:
  • 2003