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Tony Attwood
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15 May 2008
"The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome" is the definitive handbook for anyone affected by Asperger's syndrome (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. The chapters examine: causes and indications of the syndrome; the diagnosis and its effect on the individual; theory of mind; the perception of emotions in self and others; 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; and, 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 reading 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.

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"'From causes and diagnosis to differences in social interactions, perception, and mental health issues, The Complete Guide goes far beyond the usual Asperger's approach and is a "must" for any serious health reference collection.' - The Midwest Book Review '...encyclopaedic in its depth and detail.' - Good Autism Practice (GAP) 'The author has expertly captured the essence and distinctness of individuals with AS. This book should be considered as an essential resource for all therapists who come across children, adolescents and adults with AS.' - British Journal of Occupational Therapy '...the tone of the book throughout, whilst not shying away from the difficulties that Asperger's can present to individuals, retains a positive slant that helps maintain the reader's interest. And excellent read!' - Journal of Occupational Psychology '...a brilliant book - [it] doesn't leave my side in my work with clients with Asperger Syndrome. Enjoy!' - Speech and Language Therapy in Practice 'Tony Attwood elegantly combines scientific understanding with experiences from people who have AS, and the result is a book that is both easy to read and informative. He seamlessly weaves together research findings with his extensive clinical experience to provide practical ideas and suggestions.' - Community Care 'This book is a jewel among the growing number of books on the subject.' - Children Now Magazine 'Readers familiar with Attwood's work will be baying for this new 'bible' and will not be disappointed.' - Therapy Today 'An in depth exploration of the topic undertaken from a very positive and optimistic point of view by a clinical psychologist with long experience in the field.' - BILD Current Awareness Service 'The author has achieved real empathic understanding of children and adults whose basic problem is a biologically based lack of empathy with others. The book is to be highly recommended for those with Asperger's syndrome as well as for families, other carers and professionals in the field.' - Lorna Wing '...a good mix of research information, first person reports and clinical information. The section on sensory over-sensitivity is excellent.' - Temple Grandin, author of Thinking in Pictures and Animals in Translation '...a comprehensively researched and beautifully written state of the art review of what is currently known about Asperger's syndrome.' - Uta Frith 'Dr. Attwood, or Saint Tony as I call him, gave me the strength to come out to the world and admit I was only pretending to be normal. That strength saved my life, of that I am certain. And now Saint Tony has penned a new book and it is extraordinary... The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome is flawless in its ability to ease the trepidations, answer the questions, buoy the spirits, and encourage the dreams of those who walk with AS.' - Liane Holliday Willey, EdD author of Pretending to be Normal: Living With Asperger's Syndrome"

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Tony Attwood is a practising clinical psychologist with more than 25 years' experience. He has worked with over 2000 individuals of all ages with Asperger's syndrome. He presents workshops and runs training courses for parents, professionals and individuals with AS all over the world and is a prolific author of articles and books on the subject.

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
I was recently asked to recommend a book on Asperger's Syndrome and, without hesitation, this was the one. It covers everything you need to know about Asperger's in clear, easy-to-read, jargon-free language.

The most likely readership is probably parents who have discovered their child has Asperger's and want to know what the future holds for their child. A large part of the book caters for this scenario and Dr Attwood provides many techniques for parents that can help their child and aid his or her integration into mainstream schools and beyond. However, Dr Attwood never strays far from the incredible gifts that Asperger's can also bring - something that may be hard to see when a diagnosis is first made. The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome also covers adolescents, with some very plain and useful advice for emerging into adulthood and all the pitfalls that can arise.

What made the book particularly relevant to me is that I was diagnosed as an adult and I read this book with my wife so that I could finally explain how and why I see the world differently to her. There is nothing so liberating as having all your eccentricities explained and described. Even here, however, the book stresses the gifts that Asperger's brings and, whilst I am undoubtedly different as a result of the condition, I would certainly not want to be any other way. Dr Attwood understands this and his advice is relevant, compassionate, and very real.

I must cut this short as Asperger's people have a habit of rambling. If you are reading this because of a diagnosis of Asperger's, fear of a diagnosis, or even wanting to get to know your odd friends better, this is the book you should read. It takes away the fear and makes you feel very privileged to be in the presence of such an intriguing condition.
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119 of 123 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just one book... make it this one. 2 Feb 2007
By Suzie
I have read lots of books on AS and reviewed many of them. What I am always warning is that in most cases any one book never gives a complete picture.

Tony Attwood's book though is about as complete a picture as you could get right now and is not only far superior to his first guide to the subject but to many others on the market.

If you read just one book on AS this should be it. It is easy to read, packed with information, and the author's respect and appreciation for people with Asperger's is evident on every page.

It's professional, it's factual, it's understanding, it's worth owning a copy.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spendid! 16 Sep 2008
By edrm
The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome is a must to strengthen your strategies as well as your knowledge on any kinds of specific symptoms on Asperger Syndrome. Also, Dr. Attwood explains other related and/or complicated syndromes. Although this book has so many pages, it is quite easy to read and includes no complicated structure. It is reader-friendly, if you ask me! If you find it quite tough to read it all through, you might as well pick up your favorite chapters. And it's going to lighten the loads of your mind and deepen your understanding on your AS traits.
After all, this book provides a lot of solutions to tackle their problems not only for Aspies but teachers, parents, friends, siblings, colleagues, and bosses who deal with AS people and those who are likely to have AS. And this will minimize their shortcomings on AS, worse or worst situations, and their stresses. It is Aspies who suffer their symptoms most!
If possible, I could give more than 6 stars to this wonderful book Tony Attwood wrote!
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome 7 Feb 2008
This remarkable book gives an incredibly clear account of asperger's and its impact on people around them. It is easy to read yet gives the most profound insights and cause for joy and optimism. A diagnosis of Aspergers is not the end of the world but a way of accessing the genius and talents that can go with it. If you know people who may be on the autistic spectrum it gives you a way of understanding and enjoying them and seeing the truth beneath a way of being that can make people hard to know. Reading the book has been an eyeopener for me, I have always enjoyed being with unusual people and now understand why.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it! 24 July 2009
By Janie
If you only buy one book on Asperger's Sydrome, it would be this one. When it arrived I felt rather overwhelmed by the size of the book (anyone already dealing with AS will know that there is no time left over!), however once I started on this I couldn't put it down! I began with the chapters that were most relevant to our current needs - social skills and bullying and find it easy to 'dip' in and out of. Tony Attwood describes everything brilliantly and has the wondeful skill of being able to put things very clearly and go into quite a lot of detail at the same time! - it's a good meaty read with everything beautifully explained and how and why to help - perfect! The social skills chapter breaks down help & explanations by age (so if you didn't find out about the AS until later in life you can skip the earlier bits) which is extremely helpful. Despite being detailed it is not a dry academic read. I think it is relevant to all ages, so if you have a family where the condition affects several family members this is ideal. If you really want to get get to grips with understanding the condition this is the book!!
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Published 6 days ago by Mrs Jennifer Adrienne Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely the BEST book on Asperger's
Absolutely the BEST book on Asperger's. Easy to read. Easy to dip in and out. If you are looking for a place to start or are just looking for your next AS book this is my... Read more
Published 9 days ago by K. Cavaretta
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Excellent insight into AS
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Yes it was ok not sure what to expect, found it hard going, only my point view
Published 2 months ago by Michael Fowler
4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
I found this book very helpful, although with one reservation; it was directed at those who seek to adapt the child with AS to the world of people who are regarded as normal (NTs),... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Robert Francis
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good book!
I bought this book to understand and help pupils with ASD. I have only read 2 chapters so far and I find it fascinating as it explains so well the difficulties that my pupils... Read more
Published 4 months ago by E
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic place to start.
When you get the diagnosis (although now with DSMV changes its no longer called Aspergers) your head goes into a spin.
Relax. Get a copy of this book and take it slow. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Clodagh Cahill
5.0 out of 5 stars Most helpful book I've read in a long time
I got the Kindle edition of this book when I started doing research into Asperger's, and it was key to helping me understand the many ways my world is different from 'normal'... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Steve Perry's Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Aspergers / Autism / ADHT ,etc.
Fantastic, read my review of ' Autism and Aspergers Syndrome',Simon Baron Cohen. Both books are vital reading for sufferers, and their parents / friends. Best of luck Andy.
Published 5 months ago by andy moody
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