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Autism and Asperger Syndrome (The Facts) by [Baron-Cohen, Simon]
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2825 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 1 edition (29 May 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001FA0WL6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews
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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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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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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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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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As someone recently diagnosed with Asperger's as an adult I was interested in gaining an understanding of the current understanding, and this book seemed like it would provide the answers.

My main issue with this book is that it presents only a stereotype of aspergers i.e cold, controlling, and difficult. This may describe many with Aspeger's but there is much variety. Many are characterised by passivity and kindness. I also dispute the authors description of empathy which he breaks into two, the ability to recognise others emotional state and the ability to respond appropriately, both of these area are clearly areas of difficulty for someone with Aspergers, but I think this misses out an important third part, a basic ability to care and feel for others, which many aspie report feeling intensely (as aspies experience everything intensely). Again this reinforces a stereotype.

If I had come across this book earlier in my life and read it, I would not have recognised I had this condition. Compare this to the extremely nuanced understanding presented in 'the complete guide to aspergers syndrome' by Tony Atwood, with that book I recognised myself on every page and finally understood my entire life.

Although the book was written a few years ago, I was surprised that it didn't discuss the uncertainty around certain issues. The differences between the DSM and ICD criteria, with regards to whether speech delay excludes someone from aspergers in favour of higher functioning autism, and whether there really is a significant difference between Aspergers and Higher Functioning Autism (I would say now the consensus is that there is not). Instead it presented it as a given that there is a difference, and that speech delay delineates the two.
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