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This is an excellent and engaging book, providing an up-to-date and remarkably comprehensive source of knowledge and practical information on autism and Asperger syndrome. (Richard Mills, Director of Research, Research Autism, Communication)

This is a clear, well-illustrated little book that provides a concise introduction to the ASDs and balances coverage of many of the issues that preoccupy families in the initial stages of coming to terms with the diagnosis with coverage of less immediately obvious issues and direction to resources such as websites and support groups. (Journal of Autism and Development Disorders)

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Endorsed by MAAP Services/ Highly commended in the Popular Medicine Category of the BMA Book Awards 2009

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The quickest way to introduce you to classic autism and Asperger syndrome is to describe a child with each of these diagnoses. Read the first page
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By James T on 9 Jan. 2009
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This is a small book, that serves as an excellent introduction to Autism and Aspergers syndrome.

Baron Cohen chooses a great way to illustrate the nature of these conditions. He introduces the reader to 2 young men, both 19, one has classic autism, the other Aspergers. We then learn the behaviour of these 2 individuals. This is fascinating and would be re-assuring to both parents and those that have the condition.

The book then moves on to a short history of autism and Asperger's.

After that, there are chapters on diagnosing the condition and evaluating where a person might be on the 'autism spectrum'.

The next chapter introduces us to the existent theories of what causes Autism and Aspergers. None of these are conclusive and the reality is that we just don't know. Though Cohen is adamant that genetics plays a large part. There is a chapter on the biology of autism and Aspergers, noting the differences in brain composition and function.

The final chapter focuses on intervention, education and treatment.

The main part of the book is about 120 pages. At the back, there is a questionnaire (known as AQ, which can also be found on the internet) to test for autism traits. There is also a list of organisations, for most countries.

The author is very sympathetic to the condition and his empathy shines through. He has taken great care in presenting the information in a cogent and concise manner.

To someone who knows nothing, or just a little, about Autism and/or Aspergers, I'd thoroughly recommend this book.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Luther08 on 20 Dec. 2010
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We realised our son was autistic when he was four years old. We bought and read a number of books. This was the first I read and I am a massive fan of Professor Baron-Cohen's plain speaking but very uplifting manner. The autistic mind is differently wired, but how many times have I read the word 'abnormal' - it isn't abnormal, it is atypical, often brilliant. Baron-Cohen strikes this chord.
When we went to meet the educational psychologist and paediatrician in order to diagnose our son formally, they informed us he has Asperger Syndrome. Thanks to our reading (not least this excellent book) we were able to question this. "We thought he had high-functioning autism?" we said.
"High-functioning autism IS Asperger Syndrome." these 'professionals' told us. We pointed out critical points necessary in the different diagnostics, not least his speech delay. Eventually we received in writing his official diagnosis: High-functioning autism. Frightening that so-called professionals were so ignorant.
This book details the differences between different types of autism. Professor Baron-Cohen gives you all history of diagnoses, 'treatments', the different theories, their pros and cons. He tells you what has definitely been discovered and that which should form the basis of future research.
If you have an autistic child, you will nod as you read through this book, as you recognise so much, and be fascinated as other concepts are explained. Take my advice (I followed advice from an online review I am glad to say), make this your first read.
If you care for an autistic child, you NEED this book to inform you. I work in education and am horrified by the majority of people assuming they know all about autism, yet have fundamental and huge misconceptions - don't let that be you.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Alexandra on 15 Sept. 2008
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This is a fantastic book for both parents and researchers new to autism. Nothing is 'dumbed down' but Baron-Cohen writes in a very readable, engaging style that, even if you know nothing about the subject of autism, will make you want to solve its so far very elusive mystery.

Highly recommended, along with Baron-Cohen's other books in the area ('The Essential Difference' is very good if you want to explore the gender aspect further, something Baron-Cohen introduces in the book)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Nicholas James Ryan on 18 Dec. 2009
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This book explains what Autism and Asberger Syndrome are in a very clear and readable way. It contains some interesting examples of how Asberger Syndrome people think in a different way, as well as samples of screening questionnaires. It also contains a lot of useful information- for example the addresses of Autism help groups in many different countries.

What the book did not provide was much practical advice for families of sufferers of these disorders- how to deal with them on a day to day basis.

None the less this is a great "Primer" for anyone who has little prior knowledge of the subject. I thorougly recommend it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Aj Baugh on 11 April 2009
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Superb book from a sympathetic expert who does not judge, Buy it. It is good. Brain scanning is explained as well as statisical systems of analysis such as venn diagrams and standard deviations of the normal distribution for IQ analysis.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Manx Mann on 16 May 2009
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I have Asperger's Syndrome, am married with a young son.

Overall this is an excellent book on Asperger Syndrome and well written by Simon Baron-Cohen (Director of the Autism Research Centre in Cambridge) going into great detail about the history, science and genetics behind the probable causes, past and current theories including Baron-Cohen's own new Empathizing-Systemizing (ES) theory of Autism and Asperger's Syndrome.

The book is easy to read explaining the psychological and biological characteristic traits of Asperger's Syndrome and possible interventions and education that are or claimed to be useful.

With many books I have read on Asperger's Syndrome it appears the support the Asperger gains from their family and the sensitivity and understanding from their spouse is of Paramount importance and makes a big difference in helping the Asperger integrate into social society.

I highly recommend this book for those who wish to have a thorough up to date understanding of the fundamentals when it comes to the current learning and knowledge of Asperger's Syndrome.
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