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"Individuals with autism spectrum disorders - who face a social world in which rules and expectations appear to be crystal-clear to everyone but oneself - frequently experience anxiety and depression. Both of these challenges are best addressed through cognitive-behavioral therapy, yet, until now, few resources were available to guide practitioners in working with this population. This book is the beginning of the answer. Written in plain and practical language, this text is much needed and enormously helpful." - Ami Klin, Director, Autism Program, Yale Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine, USA

"Truly the first of its kind, this impressive text is an indispensable resource for psychologists and graduate students who work with adults with Asperger syndrome (AS). Gaus provides a comprehensive overview of the complex mental health needs of this often-misunderstood population, along with guidelines for evidence-based intervention. Utilizing examples from her own clinical practice to illustrate the process of cognitive-behavioral therapy (without oversimplifying it), Gaus shows how to effectively support people with AS in improving their quality of life." - Peter F. Gerhardt, President, Organization for Autism Research, USA

"The author’s extensive clinical experience and understanding of these clients is evident throughout. The intervention strategies are described in considerable detail, with helpful case examples and references for interested readers to follow up with. Therapists working with these challenging adult clients will find this book thought provoking, practical, and invaluable." - Gary B. Mesibov, Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology and Director, Division TEACHH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

"This book solidly captures the essence of the issues experienced by adults with AS. It provides detailed information on cognitive-behavioral assessment and treatment strategies, including many case examples that both fascinate and teach. This is a 'must read' for any person working closely with adults with social learning challenges. While the book is targeted for mental health providers, it is informative and helpful for a range of adult care providers, including speech pathologists and parents. I do not know of any other book like it." - Michelle Garcia Winner, SLP, private practice, San José, California, USA

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Valerie L. Gaus, PhD, private practice, Cold Spring Hills, NY, USA

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By P. D. Thompson on 5 April 2010
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This is clearly a professional book aimed at qualified and educated practitioners however the clear style of writing and logical analysis is sufficiently accessible to be of benefit to patients, potential patients or their family and supporters.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By s on 17 May 2014
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This is a great guide to working with this population. It's written for an American audience and uses the DSM-IV criteria, rather than the recent DSM-V criteria, and is mostly aimed at private practice. However, it offers clear practical advice that is applicable to UK IAPT clinical practice.
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Are you an Aspie? 2 Nov. 2007
By Charles Robson - Published on
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I find it hard to believe there is only one review for this book! I am an undiagnosed Aspie and I found this book to be beyond belief. OK, I haven't read the whole book and I've started about 5 others on AS. I guess it comes with the territory.

What I am saying is that if you're an Aspie and you want to see how your mind works, in words, right before your eyes then take a look at just the first 50 pages. I've had many professionals (6 - 20) try to help me with very little success, learned of AS about a year ago, and none of them can hold a candle to Valerie. I am awe-struck; she is special!
52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
Calling All Adults on the a/A Spectrum! 13 Oct. 2007
By BeatleBangs1964 - Published on
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If you are an adult on the autism/Asperger's spectrum, be sure to make this book a very close friend. You will be very glad that you did.

We all know that Asperger's, which is a neurobiological condition that is the spectrum partner to autism does not vanish once a person reaches voting age. We all know that it is long past time good books with a plethora of resources and helpful information for adults on the spectrum hit the shelves.

This power-packed book is replete with information about applying the cognitive approach towards isolating and, hopefully elmininating spectrum behavior. Adults on the a/A spectrum will more than likely recognize themselves and use this book to empower themselves in navigating social settings with neurotypical counterparts.

This book is truly a Godsend and one I highly recommend. Be sure to add Jerry Newport's book, "Your Life is Not a Label" to your collection as well. Any adult on the spectrum will certainly be able to count on these books!
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Attention All Aspies and Therapists 22 Oct. 2008
By Stephen Byrne - Published on
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This thorough treatise ought to be required reading for psychotherapists lest those afflicted with the Adult Asperger Syndrome remain undiagnosed and untreated. The chapters are consecutively arranged in a logically ordered fashion:defining Asperger Syndome(AS) in Adulthood;describing the conceptual model of this disorder;dissecting the core problems and offering a treatment plan for the basic cognitive dysfunction as well as for the many co-morbidities associated with AS. One is introduced to the concept of cognitive-behavior therapy and the application of these constructs to AS.
Each chapter's salient points are neatly and concisely summarized in a paragraph of two or three sentences. The volume is replete with in-depth
case studies dealing with the author's assessment and her definitive therapeutic approach to the individual with AS. Her structured yet commonsense,non-judgemental,compassionate sessions give more than new hope to those plagued by AS,leading them to fuller and more constructive lives.
This book deserves recognition and praise by psychotherapists as well as the AS community.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
A Childhood Disorder Grows Up 23 Jun. 2010
By Lee A. Wilkinson - Published on
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Although there has been an increase in the research and clinical studies related to children with Asperger syndrome, it is only recently that psychologists have begun to appreciate the complex challenges faced by adults who were not identified in childhood. Rather than outgrowing their symptoms, children with Asperger syndrome have now become adults with Asperger syndrome and an underserved population. Cognitive-Behavioral therapy (CBT) has been shown to be of value in addressing the deficits and distortions in thinking as well as many of the coexisting problems (depression and anxiety) experienced by individuals with autism spectrum conditions such as Asperger syndrome. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult Asperger Syndrome provides a comprehensive framework for conceptualizing AS in adults and formulating treatment plans using CBT evidence-based interventions. Chapters contain important details on conducting a comprehensive assessment, formulating a diagnosis, and providing treatment. Gaus has done a masterful job of describing a conceptual model of cognitive dysfunction in AS and how evidence-based CBT intervention for typical adults can be applied to individuals with AS. The author includes clinical case examples from her practice to illustrate how Asperger syndrome is manifested in adults. The text also includes a list of therapy resources and reproducible forms for professional use. Overall, the book provides a wealth of information and practical interventions that will be a welcome addition to therapists' toolkits. While intended primarily for psychotherapists and clinicians, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult Asperger Syndrome will also be an essential reference for practitioners in many other disciplines who have an interest in understanding how to treat adults with this autism spectrum condition.

Lee A. Wilkinson, PhD, CCBT
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Best book on Adult Asperger Syndrome to Date 31 Dec. 2009
By boekwurm - Published on
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To my knowledge, this book is the first professional resource available to adult Aspies, their families as well as to professionals that are providing much-needed services to them. Together with added understanding and validation of personal experience, I found this book very helpful. I have read many books on Asperger Syndrome and the focus of the literature seems to be largely on childhood and adolescence. Books that do focus on adults tend to be largely autobiographical in style. I hope that Ms. Gaus, and others with similar expertise, will follow through with many more similar, and much-needed, resources in the near future. I will certainly be looking.
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