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'In this short and beautifully produced book one of the doyens in the field addresses everyone concerned with this condition.' Journal of Child Psychology
'This book provides an easily readable and updated guide to those afflicted with Asperger syndrome as well as the professionals in the field.' Shiraz Butt, Rush-Presbyterian, St. Luke's Medical Center
'… a valuable resource book to read and have on our shelves …' Social Work Now
'The book is factual, accurate, succinct though detailed, and notable for its clarity. It is to be recommended as an invaluable introduction to the field.' European Child & Adolscent Psychiatry
'The book is broad in its scope.' Journal of Intellectual Disability Research
'Overall, this book is informative and very easy to read.' Behaviour Change
'I highly recommend this book for its comprehensive coverage of important issues in AS coupled with an easy-to-read style of writing that will make it accessible to a broad readership, including individuals and parents who are seeking a more evidence-based detailed account of the disorder …' Journal of Psychosomatic Research
This is an accessible 2002 handbook for all those touched by Asperger syndrome; clinicians, those affected and carers alike. In it, Christopher Gillberg, a world-renowned authority in the field, gives an in-depth account of symptoms, diagnosis, prevalence, background factors, prognosis and intervention.See all Product description
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From my reading, other books by Val Cumine and Tony Attwood are better assembled for a general reader. The last chapter on Wittgenstein for instance rehashes the 'was he wasn't he an Asperger' argument, and one wonders whether a general lay person would really care? Aren't philosophers stereotyped as odd and other wordly anyway? Gillbergs' review of the competing theories of autism (inter alia Asperger Syndrome) is too brief and potted irrespective of the learning of the reader. Given the author's own studies in diagnostic criteria quite a bit of the guide is devoted to the diagnosis and 'handling' of the condition. There is a very through chapter of childhood symptoms, followed by chapters dealing with likely long term outcomes. Perhaps the most interesting and 'new' angle is given by the chapter on the psychiatric and social consequences of AS. Chapter 13 presents a table listing appropriate compensational strategies that should be encourged and taught to AS individuals.
Overall it is a good book and doubtless parents and professionals will buy it anyway. But if you have a tight budget perhaps look at Val Cumine first of all.
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Dr Gillberg's criteria defining Asperger's Syndrome are the most widely used, so I have been interested in how they were developed. I have to admit that mostly based on the cost, I expected a scientific or medical text that would provide data from case series, or very extensive histories, or data closer to raw data, all of which would help validate this somewhat controversial construct. Instead, this text turned out to be rather slim, more of a short manual elaborating Gillberg's criteria for someone that did not wonder at the origin or validity of the criteria, but just wanted to get on with diagnosing. Gillberg does not even scratch the surface of the 'motor clumsiness' aspect, even though it is one of his criteria--and since the American Psychiatric Association 'drops' this criteria from the DSM, one imagines he would have professional interest in defending it.
There is a surprising lack of curiosity as to the origin of this "Asperger's presentation in people, rather the old standby "genetics" is mechanically proffered without evidence. Dr Gillberg does not offer any definition or theory of 'normal' personality, but rather just assumes all 'normal' people know what 'normal' is. Now I am not disputing that there exist normative (meaning usually present) human capacities, the absence of which helps define the construct of Asperger's. But I am suggesting that not placing the construct of Asperger's in a context of human functioning leaves diagnosing just a label. One gets the impression that Dr Gillberg doesn't treat Asperger's but just diagnoses (and perhaps refers, but to whom for what he doesn't describe.)
A much better value in the overall treatment of Asperger's is Tony Attwood's The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome For a view of how Asperger's traits fit into the spectrum of personality Simon Baron-Cohen's The Essential Difference: Male And Female Brains And The Truth About Autism is extremely interesting. If one is really brave, and wants to get into the body and motor aspects, one should look at Alexander's Lowen's The Betrayal of the Body where it is covered under the much more comprehensive (if unfortunately named) concept schizoid character.
an analysis of Dr. Gillberg's and his colleagues methods can be found here: [...]
shoddy would be charitable.