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Asperger Syndrome in Adulthood

A Comprehensive Guide for Clinicians


Kevin Stoddart (Author), Lillian Burke (Author), Robert King (Author)

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A thorough overview of Asperger syndrome for mental health professionals.

Despite the dramatic proliferation of research, clinical perspectives, and first-person accounts of Asperger Syndrome (AS) in the last 15 years, much of this information has focused on the application of the diagnosis to children, even though AS displays persistence over time in individuals. This book is one of the only guides to Asperger Syndrome as it manifests itself in adults. It integrates research and clinical experience to provide mental health professionals with a comprehensive discussion of AS in adulthood, covering issues of diagnosis as well as co-morbid psychiatric conditions, psychosocial issues, and various types of interventions—from psychotherapy to psychopharmacology. It also discusses basic diagnostic criteria, controversies about the disorder, and possible interventions and treatments for dealing with the disorder.


“The authors of [DSM-V] have used the umbrella term “autism spectrum disorder” (ASD), which combines the currently separate diagnoses of autism, Asperger’s syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorder. This change in no way diminishes the value of this book for clinicians who work with and teach about adults with psychiatric disorders. . . . I strongly recommend this book to any and all who deal with psychiatric patients and those who rightfully advocate for their treatment. . . . The section on psychotherapy . . . can help the therapist to understand what the patient needs and how to go about achieving it. The section on psychosocial aspects can provide information for patient advocates and others involved in the field about how limited the resources are and what is needed.” — Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease

“[A]n important read not just for clinicians but for adults who are seeking diagnosis or who have attained diagnosis in adulthood. . . . [A] thoroughly documented text that will be valuable to clinicians seeking to provide support and interventions for adults on the mild end of the spectrum. . . . Research in how autism presents across the lifespan is lacking and many clinicians lack the expertise in recognizing how undiagnosed mild autism presents in adults. This book is a good solution, regardless of what we call the condition.” — Autism Blogs Directory

“This book lives up to its name of Comprehensive Guide and may well become a standard text for understanding the complexity of Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) in adults . . . . I am in awe of Stoddart, Burke, and King for their in-depth knowledge of this difficult subject. . . . I highly recommend this book.” — The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter

“Well written and highly readable . . . . [T]his volume will be invaluable for those clinicians who provide that care.” — Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

“[A] solid starting point for learning about Asperger Syndrome. Asperger Syndrome in Adulthood is unquestionably readable and undeniably exhaustive.” — PsychCentral

“An outstanding addition to the literature. This volume is comprehensive in scope and is a valuable addition to the growing body of work on this topic.” — Fred R. Volkmar, MD, Irving B. Harris Professor and Director, Child Study Center, Yale; Chief of Child Psychiatry, Yale New Haven Hospital

Asperger Syndrome in Adulthood represents a very welcome addition to the current literature on what happens to individuals on the autism spectrum after they graduate from high school or college. Maintaining an evidence-based perspective, the authors address a wide range of issues, including some controversial ones, in way that is accurate, accessible, and very applicable to the promotion of quality-of-life concerns. A very useful volume.” — Peter F. Gerhardt, EdD, Chair, Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research; Director, McCarton Upper School

“An invaluable resource for parents and clinicians alike. This book fills an important and neglected niche in our understanding of Asperger Syndrome. It is written with both clarity and compassion.” — Dr. Peter Szatmari, MD, Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences; Director, Offord Centre for Child Studies; and Head, Division of Child Psychiatry, McMaster University