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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 Tony 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 (and thorough) ASD assessment -- and this book has helped me to clarify and forget all my old prejudices about Asperger's and what it is, and cement the idea that I may too be affected (I am yet to receive my results).

Even if my assessment comes back negative, I'll be a lot more educated about autism from now on -- It really is not a binary of Rain Man vs Sheldon Cooper as the media like us to believe -- and even the movie 'Mozart and the Whale' is somewhat off.

This book is a truly excellent resource and I recommend it to everyone.

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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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Great book about Asperger's

Great book about Asperger's and gave me a lot to think about in relation to all aspects of life

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Clear, concise, and very informative - excellent

An excellent introduction to all aspects of Asperger's syndrome and possible explanations and approaches to help.

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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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  • Sheritta
  • 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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  • Sun-Sensitive
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Nataliia
  • 23-03-21

voice

The narrator's voice is very pleasant. It sounds close to Tony Attwood's voice which calms me very much.

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  • Dominic
  • 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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  • 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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  • Ruzette Nicolas
  • 24-04-20

Very rich and useful

I had difficulties to start the book as it is seemed not really entertaining at the first shot. It was really worthy to dedicate time to read it entirely. I feel very grateful to have the opportunity to read such a tourough book. I wil' use as a psychologist and in my personal life