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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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Amazingly insightful

I found out I am on the high functioning end of the autistic spectrum recently

This book has revealed alot to me, some of which i found upsetting for some reason. But overall it was really helpful and now i have a whole reading list to get through

LOL the only thing i disagree with was "Britan is very tolarent of people with autism" eh no.. no no no not at all. Where did he hear that propaganda? BBC radio no doubt. No I don't think Britan is up to scratch at all supporting people with autism. My school would just let them get bullied and did nothing to really help.

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Very well written and presented.

I listened to this during my own recent Asperger's assessment -- and this book has helped me to clarify and forget all my old prejudices about autism, and cement the idea that I was certainly a good match for the diagnostic criteria.

As a result of this, autism has now become my new special interest.

The problem is, my ASD assessment came back as negative through the local service -- but many of their conclusions directly contradicted the work of Dr Attwood, as if they were not trained well enough to pick up on my masking and the coping strategies I've learned in my 50+ years on this planet.

For example, they told me that, because I can use metaphors and sarcasm, I cannot be autistic -- completely missing that people like Greta Thunberg use metaphors and sarcasm all the time ("Our house is on fire"). However, I scored significantly on ADOS, AQ, EQ and so on.

So if you are older, then I suggest you really research the background of who is doing your assessment, and read this book first, as there seems to be an agenda within the NHS not to diagnose if they can get away with it.

Anyway, moving on, this book is a truly excellent resource and I recommend it to everyone -- as well as listening to some of the other presentations Dr Attwood does on Youtube.

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One of the best books I've ever read

Pros: 1) High-yield and extremely informative 2) World class narration 3) The perfect resource for those studying psychology/psychiatry, or who have the condition themselves. Cons: NONE.

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I now know who I am

The narrator has a calm voice. I can understand every word of his. The rhythm allows me to imagine what is being said. The tone is just right to let me focus on the content. I also listen while walking through the city. It helps me stay concentrated.
I am an Aspie and listening to this helps me to better understand myself. I know what makes my behaviour and I know what I'm capable of.
I am grateful for listening to this book. Thank you.

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The Encyclopaedia of ASD

Tony Atwood is a well-respected authority on ASD and has written very thorough explanation of the condition - not just what it is, but how it feels to live with it and the difficulties we Autistic people face in trying to understand and navigate a neurotypical world.

Covers all aspects of autistic life, from small children to adults and for those with all levels of support needs (whether they’re “high-functioning” or not). It talks about school, friendships, work, relationships, emotions and special interests, all with a compassion and understanding not often found in books written by non-Autistic people.

Includes tips to overcome the difficulties associated with as AS diagnosis, and quotes from interviews with people who are autistic themselves.

An excellent book, and thoroughly recommended for those who have an autism diagnosis, or who suspect they might be autistic, or who have a family member who has been diagnosed.

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Still one of the most informative books on HFA

Tony Attwood is a mind of information when it comes to the complex topic of Autism. Written in a way that is easy to understand and always non judgemental.

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Excellent

Really interesting, well read and easily understandable. I found this book a really helpful tool. Wouldn’t it be great if all teachers could read this

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Educational.

I could see so many people I know by listening to this amazing book.

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A short review by a recently diagnosed,

As someone who got recently diagnosed in his 30's through therapy, i found that this book to hold some good information for my future now that the puzzle pieces of my past and present are starting to fall into place.
While a lot of the researcher information comes from children or parents of asperger children do not be discouraged by this, it will aid you to gain a better understanding even if you are long past your teenage years or not a parent,

It is detailed and broad enough that you will run into plenty of things you can identify with and things you do not, cause after all even on the spectrum we are all different

How this book compares to others on the subject is hard to say as this is my first book on this matter, i did not feel that the author belittled or me or made me feel odd, pretty much the opposite, it is based on research and experience and so the information presented is not overly negative or positive, it simply is what it is and for that reason it also pretty much reads as a guide book.
The narrator voice was also calm and clear but by the end of the book you kind of tire hearing the term "Asperger Syndrome"

However, the book does end on an overly optimistic note but you cannot fault the author for that, considering a message of hope through self-acceptance is what most of us need.

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Wonderful!

A life changing book. I am 78 and have read dozens of self help books over many years but this is the one I wish I had read first.

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  • 21-08-20

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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  • Steven Graham
  • 14-11-19

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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  • Anthony Tortorici
  • 05-06-21

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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  • Fabian
  • 19-07-21

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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  • 24-07-20

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
  • 26-09-21

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
  • 12-07-21

Enlightening

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

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  • Tintin
  • 31-05-21

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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  • 09-11-20

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
  • 12-07-20

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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