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From Like to Love for Young People with Asperger's Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder)


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Part 1. Introduction. 1.1. Why children and adolescents who have Asperger's syndrome (autism spectrum disorder) need a programme to understand and express affection. 1.2. Aims of the programme. 1.3. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Part 2. How the programme works. 2.4. Assessing the ability to communicate affection. 2.5. How to conduct the sessions. 2.6. Activities for each session. 2.7. Overviews of the sessions. Part 3. Sessions. Session 1. Session 2. Session 3. Session 4. Session 5. Recommended resources. References. Appendix. Affection Questionnaires.

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The world's leading expert on Asperger's Syndrome presents ready-to-use engaging activities specifically designed for children and adolescents on the autism spectrum

About the Author

Michelle Garnett, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and founder and Director of Minds & Hearts: A Specialist Clinic for Asperger's Syndrome and Autism. She has specialized in autism spectrum disorders for the past 20 years, and created the first screening instrument for Asperger's Syndrome, the Australian Scale for Asperger's Syndrome (ASAS) in 1993. Michelle has been an invited speaker at many national and international conferences. She lives in Brisbane, Australia. Tony Attwood, PhD, is a clinical psychologist from Brisbane, Australia, with over 30 years of experience with individuals with autism spectrum disorders. He is currently Adjunct Professor at Griffith University in Queensland.


This book is clear, concise and practical... in other words, it is a parent's dream. The book gives us usable information in a blessedly short book. I recommend this book for parents, caregivers, and teachers. Tony is one of the world's most empathic and creative experts on those individuals on the higher end of the autism spectrum. Michelle's work is already known in Australia, and she is a rising global star. -- Susan Moreno, founder and president of MAAP Services, Inc., editor of The MAAP and author of The Partner's Guide to Asperger Syndrome and More Cognitively Advance Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders

To me as a parent, this book is a godsend - clear, logical, easy to read and above all useful! It addresses a fundamental problem which is of concern to many parents - How can we, in practical terms, help our children learn to express and communicate their emotions, especially when they reach their teenage years and beyond? Grounded on a solid base of expertise, experience and compassionate understanding, the authors offer a clear, insightful structured solution. The sessions described in the book are easy to understand and equally easy to implement. They will go a long way to help our young people with Asperger's syndrome (autism spectrum disorder) understand the "rules of the game" and thereby achieve a more level playing field.

-- Brenda Boyd, author of Parenting a Child with Asperger Syndrome, Parenting a Teen or Young Adult with Asperger Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and Appreciating Asperger Syndrome
Some of the most basic factors determining an individual's placement on the autism spectrum are difficulty in identifying and correctly responding to cues in social situations, along with struggles with reading and expressing emotion. These are also among the most challenging aspects of life to teach a person. Coauthors Attwood (The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome; Asperger's Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals) and Garnett (founder & director, Minds & Hearts) are both clinical psychologists based in Australia with decades of experience with people on the spectrum. Here, they showcase a series of activities and worksheets that parents can use to assist their children in understanding and expressing affection. VERDICT Through storytelling, the authors describe social situations to depict different phases of affection. This easy-to-read book is good for use with a wide range of individuals and is recommended for parents and professionals alike. -- Library Journal

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