This book is divided into sections that provide information about Asperger syndrome, principles for group intervention, and curricula for group intervention for three different age groups. Adams outlines original exercises for children of preschool age (ages 4 and 5), elementary age (ages 6 though 9), and late elementary/middle school age (ages 10 through 12). The book is unique in its subject matter and approach, and has been written to fill a void in the current clinical literature. Clinicians who work with children with Asperger syndrome will find this friendly resource manual an easy to use, highly interactive learning tool that will improve their clinical repertoire by allowing them to provide effective group treatment for children with Asperger syndrome.
Lynn Adams, PhD, CCC-SLP is an Associate professor in the department of Communication sciences and Disorders at Valdosta State University, Georgia. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence form the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Her areas of clinical expertise include autism spectrum disorders and child language development and disorders.
Dr. Adams has taught at the university level for over 15 years. She received her doctorate from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and her MS and BS from The Florida State University, Tallahassee. She is active in both state and national professional associations.
* Honorary Mention in the 2010 BOTYA Awards Women's Issues Category *
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.