Monday, March 4, 2013

Asperger's Syndrome

The Essential Guide to Asperger's Syndrome by Eileen Bailey and Robert W. Montgomery. Alpha, 2012.

A child with Asperger's Syndrome was recently kidnapped and thankfully was recovered after several days. Many people wondered what was Asperger's Syndrome. It is a disorder of the Autism Spectrum. It is always difficult to raise a special needs child. The Essential Guide to Asperger's Syndrome provides helpful information on raising a child with Asperger's Syndrome. Eileen Bailey has been writing about mental illness for over fifteen years. She has a grandson with Asperger's Syndrome. Robert Montgomery is a clinical psychologist who specializes in Asperger's Syndrome and autism spectrum disorder.

I found the book to be informative and easy to understand. It has many examples and case studies of the concepts explained. It covers the complete lifespan from the toddler years to young adulthood. Part one provides an overview of Asperger's Syndrome. Chapter one explains what it is. Chapter two discusses the symptoms. Chapter three covers Asperger's Syndrome in girls because it is diagnosed predominantly in boys. Chapter four discusses "related conditions." The reason for this is that people tend to have multiple conditions. For example, a child with Asperger's could also have ADHD. Chapter five discusses treatment. Part two of the book describes common behaviors of kids with Asperger's Syndrome. A common behavior is obsession with a special interest. This is covered in part three. Another common characteristic of Asperger's Syndrome is deficiency in social skills. This is covered in part four. Parts five and six discusses education and family life.

The Essential Guide to Asperger's Syndrome lives up to its name. It would be a good place to begin to better understand Asperger's Syndrome. It would be helpful to both the parent and individuals who would be working with the person who has Asperger's. It has many ideas on how to work with the Aspie person. It will serve as an excellent manual that you would refer to often.

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