The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome

The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome

The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome

The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome


"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 Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome provides a personal perception of children, teenagers and adults with Asperger's syndrome based on my extensive clinical experience and reviewing and contributing to research studies and publications. I am a practising clinician and intend the guide to be of practical value to parents, professionals and people with Asperger's syndrome. I have tried to refrain from indulging in too many technical terms so that the text can be easily read by someone who does not have a postgraduate degree in psychology. For fellow clinicians and academics who seek more information, I have provided the references that can substantiate specific statements and provide further information. I have also included many quotations from the autobiographies of people with Asperger's syndrome. Each chapter starts with a quotation from Hans Asperger and closes with a quotation by a person with Asperger's syndrome. I think that those who have Asperger's syndrome should have the last comment.

The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome was written to provide parents and professionals with the latest information to understand and help a family member or person with Asperger's syndrome, but was also written for the personal benefit of people with Asperger's syndrome. My intention is that reading the guide will enable someone with Asperger's syndrome tounderstand whyhe or she is different toother people, and not to feel dejected or rejected. It is also important for others to remember that there is always a logical explanation for the apparently eccentric behaviour of people with Asperger's syndrome. The guide will explain the logic and perspective of the person with Asperger's syndrome.

The year of publication (2006) is the centenary of the birth of Hans Asperger, and the more I explore the world asperceived by people with Asperger's syndrome, the more I acknowledge the accuracy of his detailed descriptions of four children, Fritz, Harro, Ernst and Hellmuth, over 60 years ago. I never met Hans Asperger but have great respect for his understanding and admiration of a distinct group of children who are also my heroes. A few years ago I met his daughter, Maria Asperger-Felder, a child psychiatrist in Switzerland, and I was entranced by her stories about her father, his abilities and personality, but particularly the circumstances in which he worked in Vienna in the late 1930s.

Maria gave me one of her father's papers, publishedin1938, when he first described the characteristics that several years later became known as autistic personality disorder . . .

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