The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome: A book review

The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome by Tony Attwood is a must read. This is an accessible text book that will introduce the condition to someone who has received or who is seeking a diagnosis. Family and interested friends will find this useful too. It also serves as an introduction to students or a reference for professionals.

Intense World Theory: A new theory of autism

Intense World Theory is a theory of autism that has gained popularity over the last few years. This theory sees autism as stemming from oversensitivity to incoming stimuli, rather than from defects such as lack of empathy or an inability to understand other’s viewpoints often referred to as Theory of Mind.

 What is Asperger syndrome?

Asperger syndrome (also known as Asperger's) is a condition on the autistic spectrum. An autism spectrum disorder is a lifelong developmental condition that means we often have some difficulties with relationships, and communication, and that we think very differently to others. This can sometimes lead to problems understanding people, communicating effectively, especially non-verbally, and thinking flexibly.

Becoming an Asperger’s hero

My story is that of someone who received a very late diagnosis of Asperger syndrome in my early 50s. Having studied psychology at university and now teaching it and having helped students on the autistic spectrum you would think I would have recognised it. But no! It was really my wife’s insight that made me aware of it.