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The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome

By: Dr Tony Attwood
Narrated by: Tony Attwood,John Sackville
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Publisher's Summary

The Asperger's syndrome bible for parents and professionals, newly updated with an introduction explaining the DSM-5. 

The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome is the definitive handbook for anyone affected by Asperger's syndrome (AS). Now including a new introduction explaining the impact of DSM-5 on the diagnosis and approach to 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. Chapters examine:  

  •  Causes and indications of the syndrome
  •  The diagnosis and its effect on the individual
  •  Theory of mind
  •  Social interaction, including friendshipsthers
  •  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
  • 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 listening 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.

"I usually say to the child, 'Congratulations, you have Asperger's syndrome', and explain that this means he or she is not mad, bad or defective, but has a different way of thinking." (The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome)

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Dr Anthony Attwood (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

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A must read to understand your love one

My partner is almost a senior citizen and has not been diagnosed, nor is he interested in learning about his disorder or the "label." Nevertheless, he is atypical and now I understand that he loves me in his own way and may never change. Thank you for this book. It is the fourth book on the topic and by far the most through.

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Changed my life forever!

Title of my reviews says it all. 45 years old and just found out I have aspbergers syndrome. Life makes sense.

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Thorough

Amazingly thorough, scientific, and by far best book I've read on Aspergers yet. Perhaps repetitive at times, but is applicable and demonstrates the overlapping influence of traits. Neuro-typical, clinical observation of wide array of high functioning autistic people.

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Informative yet flawed

Tony is very knowledgeable and kind. Yet he still thinks Hans Aspergers was ant nazi and a hero. Excuse me what? Has he read the current historical literature on Asperger? He was active in his work with the nazi goverment. Every current historian agrees. Ofcourse Tony believes Aspergers daughter version of the story. This os the result of a paper published in the Journal of Molecular Autism on 2018 by Herwig : "Asperger managed to accommodate himself to the Nazi regime and was rewarded for his affirmations of loyalty with career opportunities. He joined several organizations affiliated with the NSDAP (although not the Nazi party itself), publicly legitimized race hygiene policies including forced sterilizations and, on several occasions, actively cooperated with the child ‘euthanasia’ program. The language he employed to diagnose his patients was often remarkably harsh (even in comparison with assessments written by the staff at Vienna’s notorious Spiegelgrund ‘euthanasia’ institution), belying the notion that he tried to protect the children under his care by embellishing their diagnoses."

The content itself is not that controversial.

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Great for recently diagnosed aspies!

A very long and in depth look at Asperger's syndrome. Fantastic for anyone who wants more than a superficial explanation.

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The perfect book for the subject

For anyone struggling to understand this topic, this book is perfect. A must read, for sure.

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Enlightening

Felt like they were discussing my entire childhood, good to finally realize the truth! Highly recommend!!!

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Super Informative and Easily Referenced

I’m just beginning my Aspergers journey, have discovered that in addition to ADHD, all of us in my family of four are also Aspies. This book explained so much struggle in my life, including my marriage. Would love to hear more about aspie male + aspie female coupling. After 20+ years together, it’s reassuring I’m not broken nor the sole issue source. I wish there were an accompanying handbook or detailed index (with times for the audio version). I cannot recommend their book enough...

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Insight into Aspies

Tony Atwood takes you inside the wonderful minds of Aspies. The main thing I realized from this book is as a NTbI may not always understand them them but understanding requires judgement acceptance doesn’t.

Wonderful book, you will get a total insight into the mind of Aspies.

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Helped me understand myself better

I am diagnosed with high-functioning autism (or what would have been Asperger’s by the DSM IV) and this book perfectly described all of the struggles and traits I have grappled with all my life. It’s a thorough look into the traits of the syndrome and its relation to the larger autism spectrum. I’ve read up quite a bit on autism/Asperger’s, but no book clearly identifies it as perfectly as this one.

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  • 09-12-20

Amazingly insightful

I found out I am on the high functioning end of the autistic spectrum recently

This book has revealed alot to me, some of which i found upsetting for some reason. But overall it was really helpful and now i have a whole reading list to get through

LOL the only thing i disagree with was "Britan is very tolarent of people with autism" eh no.. no no no not at all. Where did he hear that propaganda? BBC radio no doubt. No I don't think Britan is up to scratch at all supporting people with autism. My school would just let them get bullied and did nothing to really help.

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  • Paul (the other one)
  • 02-25-21

Essential listening for everyone with an interest.

I listened to this prior to my own Asperger's assessment (and subsequent diagnosis). This book has helped me to clarify and forget all my old prejudices about autism, and cement the idea that I was certainly a good match for the diagnostic criteria.

A suggestion for anyone on a waiting list for assessment -- while you are reading this book, take notes of everything that comes to mind.

Categorise the notes into special interests, sensitivities, stimming, masking, social issues, collections and anything else you can think of -- and go back as far into your childhood as you can remember. I further divided my notes into three columns; childhood, adolescence and adulthood.

If, like me, you have short term memory issues, you will need to refer to these during the interviews, or you may forget pertinent information. Not all assessors are the same, and some have their own ideas -- you need to show them that you are autistic, you need to lose the masks -- otherwise you risk not being heard.

I wish you all well, and thank you for this book Dr Attwood.

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  • Link
  • 11-10-20

One of the best books I've ever read

Pros: 1) High-yield and extremely informative 2) World class narration 3) The perfect resource for those studying psychology/psychiatry, or who have the condition themselves. Cons: NONE.

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  • vix
  • 04-27-22

Excellent

Really interesting, well read and easily understandable. I found this book a really helpful tool. Wouldn’t it be great if all teachers could read this

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  • Mihai Olaru
  • 01-19-21

I now know who I am

The narrator has a calm voice. I can understand every word of his. The rhythm allows me to imagine what is being said. The tone is just right to let me focus on the content. I also listen while walking through the city. It helps me stay concentrated.
I am an Aspie and listening to this helps me to better understand myself. I know what makes my behaviour and I know what I'm capable of.
I am grateful for listening to this book. Thank you.

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  • Lisa, Oxfordshire
  • 11-11-20

The Encyclopaedia of ASD

Tony Atwood is a well-respected authority on ASD and has written very thorough explanation of the condition - not just what it is, but how it feels to live with it and the difficulties we Autistic people face in trying to understand and navigate a neurotypical world.

Covers all aspects of autistic life, from small children to adults and for those with all levels of support needs (whether they’re “high-functioning” or not). It talks about school, friendships, work, relationships, emotions and special interests, all with a compassion and understanding not often found in books written by non-Autistic people.

Includes tips to overcome the difficulties associated with as AS diagnosis, and quotes from interviews with people who are autistic themselves.

An excellent book, and thoroughly recommended for those who have an autism diagnosis, or who suspect they might be autistic, or who have a family member who has been diagnosed.

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  • A Westley
  • 08-21-22

Enlightening

This has been an enjoyable journey and one that has enabled me to better understand my own Asperger's, and events in my life. I would highly recommend this

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  • Dave
  • 11-20-22

Asperger's Syndrome

A little out of date but provides a huge amount of information. My only criticism would be the phrase " Asperger's Syndrome" is said WAY too often. It became distracting. John Sackville's performance was good as usual.

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  • Nadia
  • 07-26-22

Life-changing

I came across this book while browsing Facebook. As It was relevant to the subject of a course I had been taking and also free to download, I decided to give it a go. Little did I know that the book would be not just relevant to the course but to my own life!! Shockingly relevant to my childhood and adolescence and early adulthood... 85% I would say :-) Random browsing of Facebook resulted in a revelation about my struggles and differences that would probably have remained a mystery to me for the rest of my days. But no, I have the knowledge now and lots of food for thought. And... there is sadness, too, as life could have been so much easier for both me and my mother had there been more understanding and acceptance of this phenomenon. I am grateful to the author of the book for all the work and consideration he had invested into this subject matter.

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  • MOCOCO
  • 07-17-22

Perfectly Narrated.

Full of insight from an obviously compassionate, respectful and experienced professional. Very well explained with anecdotal examples. Presented in an easy to follow speech pattern.
As a late self diagnosed Autistic person this has given me a greater understanding of myself whilst I go through the official diagnosis process. I wish I had listened to this before my prediagnostic appointment as I now recognise a great deal more within myself that could be useful to the diagnostician. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-08-19

Good insight

This book provides good insight into Aspergers, though it does get a little repetitive at times and although not a bad thing I feel it primarily focus' on the children's aspect.

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  • Wof
  • 03-30-22

Awesome!

A fantastic understanding of Autism/Aspergers. it was very helpful for me understanding who I am as a late diagnosis at 55 years.

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  • S. Emami
  • 03-01-22

Very well written!

Very thorough description of High-Functioning Autism /Asperger's Syndrome! It is read for someone without Asperger's, but is just as valuable to read as someone with Asperger's. It helped me understand myself and my syndrome far better than I expected!

The quotes from Aspy patients were very useful too!

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  • James Tayler
  • 08-04-20

A wealth of knowledge and experience.

I was told I might have Asperger's by someone that does. After reading it I don't think I would qualify for a diagnosis, but definitely have Asperger's traits. There's lots I related to and some things I couldn't relate to as much. I also watched Love On The Spectrum on Netflix which gave some amazing examples of real people with the condition which was a perfect compliment to this detailed clinical explanation.

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  • Peter
  • 06-06-20

useful tool

as an adult with suspected aspergers but never diagnosed I found this book useful with gaining insights into myself and identifying certain traits. Many 'OMG, Yes!' moments