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  • Paperback: 383 pages
  • Publisher: Guilford Press (13 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606236342
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606236345
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 21 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"On a daily basis, adults on the spectrum face stressful, frustrating, and sometimes debilitating roadblocks that most neurotypical individuals don’t appreciate or understand. Author Valerie Gaus, a psychologist who has been immersed in working with spectrum adults for more than 15 years, ‘gets it.’ Her newest book…is a straight-talking roadmap that will provide both wind and rudder to help adults navigate daily life and meet long-term goals. Filled with practical strategies to minimize stress and maximize progress toward individual goals, this book exudes an unwavering strength-based, can-do attitude. Dr. Gaus reinterprets what could be considered deficits and weaknesses of AS/HFA into distinctive strengths that can be used to one’s advantage throughout life. She infuses this attitude with candor and sensitivity….She combines an uncanny understanding of the challenges ASD presents with an array of practical, problem-solving tactics. What’s different about this book is the methodical, concrete way she helps the spectrum adult assess his or her current way of thinking and functioning, recognize the patterns that are interfering with personal and professional success, and then create a customized step-by-step personal solution plan. Living Well is a powerful guide for achieving well-being in all areas of life." - Autism Asperger's Digest, May-June 2011

"Dr. Gaus presents her ideas clearly and effectively and makes terrific use of practical examples. She offers great ideas to help those on the spectrum decrease stress and maximize their progress toward life goals by understanding, fully utilizing, and celebrating their special qualities." - Gary B. Mesibov, coauthor of Understanding Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism and Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, USA

"As an Aspie, I found this an excellent and readable guide. The book gives readers a better understanding of their social, intellectual, and physical strengths and weaknesses, and provides strategies for improving communication and social skills. It includes helpful techniques for choosing goals and setting course toward them. Kudos to Dr. Gaus for creating this manual - I hope it will be much read." - Eric Schissel, Ithaca, New York, USA

About the Author

Valerie L. Gaus, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Long Island, New York, where she lives with her husband and two children. With more than 15 years of experience providing mental health services to people with autism spectrum disorders, Dr. Gaus serves on the advisory board of the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association and has lectured internationally on Asperger syndrome and related topics. She is the author of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult Asperger Syndrome.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss R achel Whittle on 22 Dec. 2014
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Recommended by family therapist and I can see why
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Very helpful book! 24 July 2011
By J. Heastings - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a 38 year old female with Asperger's and finding information that applies to adults was a difficult task. This book, while it does include info for younger people, is the most helpful book I've found in trying to analyze and decipher our world and how my mind interprets it.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
The best of the best! 15 Jun. 2012
By Aer O'Head - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't much care for writing reviews, and for most things I just plain don't -- and won't -- bother. For me, something has to either really shine or suck to spend time and thought on a review. Dr. Gaus is outstandingly brilliant. Period.

I have read most of the literature available for adult AS/HFA and most recently I am reading both of Dr. Gaus's books. Reading about this condition from an academic standpoint may be illuminating, but Dr. Gaus's books are far and away the most helpful on a practical level, which is exactly what I've been desperately searching for. This is the help I've been looking for!

All my life I've had the feeling of being misunderstood, and I'm convinced that's true. Dr. Gaus seems not only to understand me, but she has the amazing gift of being able to explain myself _TO_ me ... and I seem to be actually getting it! :)

If you're an adult Aspie, or are related to one, or have one as a friend or acquaintance, Dr. Gaus's books are the absolute best of the lot, hands down.

Thank you, Dr. Gaus. You've helped me more than I can say.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Resource 27 Aug. 2011
By Lynn D. Parsons - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I taught after school social skills classes for high school students with autism for seven years, and currently work as an educational diagnostician. This is a wonderful book with many practical suggestions to help those on the spectrum solve everyday challenges. I highly recommend this for those on the spectrum, their families, and professionals in the field.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
VERY well written book! 3 Jan. 2013
By In the Deep Quiet Night - Published on Amazon.com
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I just absolutely LOVE this book! The templates that are in there for worksheets are REALLY beneficial for me. Easy to read, and it may seem almost childish at times, but trust me, IT'S DEFINITELY written for us on the spectrum! It is laid out VERY easily for us to grasp and written just right! I have recommended it to all the groups I'm in on Facebook that deal with Asperger's Syndrome and I will continue doing so. This is one book EVERYONE should have in their collection if they are on the spectrum themselves or those who work with someone on the spectrum. I can't rave enough about the book!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Very, very helpful 17 Dec. 2012
By Baltimore Mom - Published on Amazon.com
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I work with adults on the spectrum. This book is very helpful and gives the individuals a plan and a sense of ownership and investment in addressing their particular struggles.
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