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From Like to Love for Young People with Asperger's Syndrome (Autism Spec

trum Disorder): Learning How to Express and Enjoy Affection with Familyand Friends
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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.
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.
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.
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