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April 11, 2013

A revealing look at High Functioning Autism and Asperger's Syndrome
The author didn't get diagnosed until he was 47. 

April 10, 2013
A revealing look at High Functioning Autism and Asperger's Syndrome


"Families of individuals with an autism spectrum disorder are bombarded with countless accounts of effective treatments for autism. A Brief Guide to Autism Treatments provides parents and caregivers with reliable and useful information that will allow them to make educated decisions regarding treatment for their loved one on the autism spectrum."

- Hanna C. Rue, PhD, BCBA-D, Executive Director, National Autism Center



A Brief Guide to Autism Treatments

By Elisabeth Hollister Sandberg and Becky L. Spritz

$19.95 Paperback

ISBN: 978-1-84905-904-6

Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2012

The number of intervention options available for children with autism can be overwhelming for parents. This book provides brief, user-friendly descriptions of the most commonly publicized treatments for autism, summarizing the available information in an objective and accessible way.

Each short chapter covers a single treatment from Applied Behavior Analysis to Gluten-Free Casein-Free diets, as well as lesser known therapies such as Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Each includes a definition and description; a summary of the prevailing information gleaned from popular press; an explanation of what the science says; and an idea of potential costs to parents and schools.

This straight-talking and practical guide will allow parents of newly-diagnosed children, as well as any professionals working alongside them, to sift through the avalanche of advice and make their own informed choices about treatment.

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"Exploring Feelings for Young Children with High-Functioning Autism or Asperger's Disorder: The STAMP Treatment Manual offers practical recommendations and creative practices that will certainly help young children with high functioning autism or Asperger's syndrome overcome their struggles with the really tough issues blocking their positive growth and development. Therapists, educators and parents caring for autistic children who endure a heavy load of anger, distrust, difficult interpersonal relationships, poor self-esteem and self-doubt need this excellent book."

- Liane Holliday Willey, author of Pretending to be Normal and Safety Skills for Asperger Women

Exploring Feelings for Young Children with High-Functioning Autism or Asperger's Disorder

The STAMP Treatment Manual

By Angela Scarpa, Anthony Wells, and Tony Attwood

$34.95 Paperback

ISBN: 9781849059206

Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2012

Young children with autism have particular difficulty in understanding and controlling their emotions, especially when those emotions are negative. This practical manual for professionals provides a set of simple strategies to help children with high-functioning autism or Asperger's syndrome who suffer from mood difficulties to decrease negative feelings and increase positive feelings in daily life.

Using a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach, The Stress and Anger Management Program (STAMP) is designed specifically for young children in their pre-school and early school years. The book outlines a 9-session group program using methods, games and activities that are developmentally appropriate. Treatment components include affective education, cognitive restructuring, social and group stories, and the emotional toolbox. The group therapy can be tailored for individual therapy when needed. A parental component is also included to support practice at home and promote generalization outside of the classroom or therapy setting.

This is a dynamic and effective resource for professionals working with young children with autism spectrum disorders including teachers, guidance counselors, psychologists, speech therapists, behavioral therapists, occupational therapists, and social workers.


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Empowering Females with Asperger Syndrome

By Rudy Simone

$22.95 Paperback

ISBN: 9781849058261

Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2010

Girls with Asperger's Syndrome are less frequently diagnosed than boys, and even once symptoms have been recognised, help is often not readily available. The image of coping well presented by AS females of any age can often mask difficulties, deficits, challenges, and loneliness.


This is a must-have handbook written by an Aspergirl for Aspergirls, young and old. Rudy Simone guides you through every aspect of both personal and professional life, from early recollections of blame, guilt, and savant skills, to friendships, romance and marriage. Employment, career, rituals and routines are also covered, along with depression, meltdowns and being misunderstood. Including the reflections of over thirty-five women diagnosed as on the spectrum, as well as some partners and parents, Rudy identifies recurring struggles and areas where Aspergirls need validation, information and advice. As they recount their stories, anecdotes, and wisdom, she highlights how differences between males and females on the spectrum are mostly a matter of perception, rejecting negative views of Aspergirls and empowering them to lead happy and fulfilled lives.


This book will be essential reading for females of any age diagnosed with AS, and those who think they might be on the spectrum. It will also be of interest to partners and loved ones of Aspergirls, and anybody interested either professionally or academically in Asperger's Syndrome.


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"This is probably the most comprehensive and wide ranging book on ASD I have ever read. It is an extraordinarily rich mine of information from neurobiology to treatment, and from infancy to adulthood. 'No stone is left unturned'. An original and perhaps controversial feature is the highlighting of links between ASD and ADHD."


- Professor Margot Prior AO, FASSA, FAPS, Department of Psychology, University of Melbourne, Australia


Autism Spectrum Disorders Through the Life Span

By Digby Tantam

$52.95 Paperback

ISBN: 9781849053440

Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2012

This professional text covers every aspect of Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD), from science to services, from the most disabling Kanner's syndrome to the most high-functioning Asperger syndrome, and from birth to old age.


The book contains the latest research on the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, intervention and support of individuals with ASD, and examines their implications at various stages of life. A wide range of neurological, genetic, psychological, developmental, social, and emotional issues are covered, and the author also includes less accessible information on the diagnosis and treatment of associated psychiatric and medical conditions, the overlap between the ASDs and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and the management of behavioural and forensic problems. The author does not presume existing technical knowledge and the background to new methods of assessment, such as functional magnetic resonance imaging, standardized clinical and psychological assessment, and genetic testing, is explained.


This book will be an indispensable primary resource for paediatricians, psychiatrists, clinical and educational psychologists, specialist nurses, counsellors, psychotherapists, legal professionals and others working with individuals of all ages who are on the autism spectrum. It will also be of interest to any carers and people with an ASD who want to know about the up to date research into the causes and treatment of the disorder.

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Helping Children with Autism Spectrum Conditions through Everyday Transitions

Small Changes - Big Challenges


By John Smith, Jane Donlan, and Bob Smith


$25.95 Paperback

ISBN: 9781849052757

Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2012

Facing any type of change can cause confusion and anxiety for individuals with autism spectrum conditions. This book looks at the small transitions in everyday life that can be a big deal for a child with autism and offers simple and effective strategies to make change less of a daily challenge.


Explaining why seemingly minor changes to routine can be emotionally distressing for children with autism, this book teaches parents practical solutions for coping with common transitions including switching from a weekday to weekend schedule, the changing of the seasons, and sleeping in a different bed when on holiday. With insights from the authors' personal experiences and helpful scripts, signs and sketches to use along the way, this book shows that with planning and preparation parents can reduce the stress surrounding change for their child and the whole family.


This book is the perfect tool to help children with autism deal with change in a calmer and more confident manner and will be essential reading for parents and any professionals working alongside them.


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"Written in a friendly voice that is readily accessible to both professionals and families, Getting into the Game offers concrete suggestions for including people with autism in sports and other physical activities. The authors clearly understand both the challenges faced by individuals with autism and the need for clear, visually-supported teaching strategies that lead to success. This is a 'must-have' book for parents, teachers, and coaches who are dedicated to the eradication of 'couch potato syndrome' as a side effect of autism!"


- Dr Pat Mirenda, Professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education, University of British Columbia


Getting into the Game

Sports Programs for Kids with Autism


By  Veronica Smith and Stephanie Y Patterson


$24.95 Paperback

ISBN: 9781849052498

Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2012

Getting into the Game: Sports Programs for Kids with Autism will help families, clinicians and coaches support children with autism in taking their first steps into sport and recreation.


Participation in individual and team sports plays an important part in children's development and promotes growth in a number of areas. As well as the obvious health benefits, sport also provides the perfect backdrop to teach young people with autism about rules, strategy and teamwork all invaluable lessons that can be applied to wider society. By detailing six of the most popular sports: cycling, ice skating, swimming, soccer, taekwondo and tennis and including the unique experiences of families of children with autism, it offers all the information, advice and support needed to help get kids with autism engaged in fun and positive sport environments.


This book is an invaluable resource for parents, teachers, coaches and anyone supporting children with autism spectrum disorders in a sport or recreation environment.


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"A practical guide for professionals, from many disciplines, that includes a thorough review of the research literature, and the personal experiences and wisdom of the authors and parents. It will be one of the most read and valuable resources in the library of early intervention services and professionals specialising in autism spectrum disorders."


- Professor Tony Attwood, Minds & Hearts clinic, Brisbane, Australia


Working with Parents of a Newly Diagnosed Child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

A Guide for Professionals


By Deb Keen and Sylvia Rodger 


$38.95 Paperback

ISBN: 9781849051200

Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2012

Finding out that a child has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can put an enormous strain on families, and the quality of support offered by professionals at this time can make a huge difference to how they adjust to the news. This book comprehensively sets out the type of support that is most beneficial to families immediately following an ASD diagnosis, and will equip professionals with the information and tools they need to best provide that support.


The authors provide all of the key information professionals supporting families at the time of an ASD diagnosis need to know about the diagnostic criteria of ASD, key characteristics, aetiology, prevalence, and prognosis, and explain how to pass on accurate and meaningful information to families, and how to build effective family-professional partnerships. Drawing on extensive research and interviews with 50 families of children with ASD, they provide strategies for helping families understand the options and make informed choices about early intervention programs, set realistic goals, develop effective parenting strategies that build upon the strengths and capacities of the child, and strengthen family support networks.


This is an essential resource for any professional involved in supporting families at the time of, or immediately following, an ASD diagnosis, including psychologists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, general medical practitioners, and educators.


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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.’

–-- from The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome


The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome


By Tony Attwood


$27.95 Paperback

ISBN: 9781843106692

Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2008

Tony Attwood’s breadth of knowledge and expert understanding of Asperger’s syndrome (AS) has been encapsulated in this fully comprehensive Complete Guide – essential reading for parents, professionals and people who have the syndrome.


Professor Attwood revisits the theoretical basis for understanding AS, its manifestations and the commonly shared experiences of individuals with Asperger’s. He explains current theories on the possible causes of AS, as well as evaluating psychotherapeutic interventions and providing professional advice for their successful application. One by one, chapters cover all of the key issues relating to Asperger’s Syndrome in depth, including diagnosis, cognitive and linguistic ability, sensory issues and areas of life that frequently present a challenge to people with AS such as careers and relationships. Professor Attwood draws on 25 years of knowing and working with individuals of all ages with Asperger’s and includes frequent personal accounts, making this a Complete Guide for children, young people and adults alike.


This will be an indispensable book for people with AS, their parents and the professionals working with them.


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“Throughout this book, the author's aim is to write in a way that parents of children with autistic conditions can understand and she succeeds brilliantly. [...] A beautifully clear and simple, but detailed translation that parents of children with autistic conditions will find enormously helpful and comforting.”


- From the foreword by Dr Lorna Wing, Consultant to the NAS Lorna Wing Centre for Autism


Raising Children with Asperger's Syndrome and High-functioning Autism

Championing the Individual


By Yuko Yoshida

Translated by Esther Sanders and Cathy Hirano


$22.95 Paperback

ISBN: 9781849053174

Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2012

If you have a child with Asperger's syndrome (AS) or high-functioning autism, conventional parenting principles will often prove insufficient and unproductive. This intelligent companion has all the answers, explanations and advice to enable parents to feel confident in providing effective support for their child with AS or high-functioning autism. The author explains how to help develop social and communication skills, clarifies the type of assistance needed from outside the family (and where to find it), and includes suggestions on how to ensure that the needs of other siblings are also met.


Written from the insightful perspective of a child psychiatrist, this very practical book will provide concrete help for parents and carers. The experience and expertise shared will also be useful for all professionals working with children with AS or high-functioning autism and their families.


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'Essential reading to help families cope with the stress of parenting a child with autism. Friends and relatives often do not know how to be supportive. This book will provide many insights into the complex emotions of receiving a diagnosis. Insights gained from reading this book will help maintain relationships between friends and relatives of a family with a child with autism.'


- Temple Grandin, author of Thinking in Pictures and The Way I See It

  A Friend's and Relative's Guide to Supporting the Family with Autism

How Can I Help?


By Ann Palmer  


$22.95 Paperback

ISBN: 9781849058773

Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2012

When a child is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), what the family really need, and often lack, is positive reassurance and understanding from those closest to them. This book is packed with advice on how extended family members and friends can provide the necessary support.


Explaining the diagnosis and characteristics of ASD, this helpful guide uses examples from real families to illustrate the complex feelings that parents and each member of the family are likely to go through after a child is diagnosed. It gives practical tips on help that might be needed most, details the possible changes that will take place as the family adjusts and concludes with a comprehensive guide to other useful sources of information.


This book will help strengthen relationships between parents and their extended family and friends, enabling a reliable support system to develop which will remain crucial to the child throughout their life.


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"This book provides practical guidance for those engaged in the education of young people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in secondary education. It is clearly written, based on best practice, and takes a 'can do' attitude to what the youngsters can achieve and how mainstream staff can understand and support them. It is full of helpful strategies and examples. This book meets a gap in the literature and will help improve life for young students with ASD and those who educate them."

- Professor Rita Jordan, PhD, OBE, Emeritus Professor in Autism Studies, University of Birmingham, UK


A Practical Guide for Teachers of Students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder in Secondary Education


By Debra Costley, Elaine Keane, Trevor Clark, and Kathie Lane


$29.95 Paperback

ISBN: 9781849053105

Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2012

Students on the autism spectrum often face difficulties in the secondary education environment that result from a lack of awareness on the part of their teachers and peers. This guide acquaints teachers with all the information and practical tools needed to understand and support their students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).


The book presents specific, ready-to-use classroom initiatives with example worksheets, checklists and timetables to help students keep organised with their school work. It also covers general obstacles such as social situations, anxiety, mental health issues and extracurricular activities and how adults can help. Guidance about the leaving school stage and how to ensure the teen is equipped to make the best possible decisions about their future is included.


Packed with useful information and examples, this book will be a lifesaving resource for teachers, and everyone else working in secondary education, who want to help their students with autism to stay focused and positive at school.


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