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Please try again later. Applicable resource for children's benefit! Wisdom and specificity combine in this therapist's practice, and the explanations are easily logical to understand in the book. The world needs more therapists who have the depth of intuitive response in client situations. Her book delineates well how to individualize interaction and facilitate growth for children, especially Asperger children. Less medicine, more understanding, and individual meaningfulness are in the growth opportunities for understanding Asperger children via these pages.

Therapists can learn to think and facilitate both understanding and healthy empowerment that is outside the proverbial box. The author's examples are clearly explained and patiently walked through via insightful case examples.

Asperger Syndrome and Psychotherapy: Understanding Asperger Perspectives

Details of reasoning for the interactions shed light on choices and responses of moving through a therapy conversation. One person found this helpful. I really enjoyed reading this book. I am year-old graduate student and I have Asperger Syndrome. I am also studying to be a counselor and I hope to work with children and possibly adults who have AS and their families. This book does an excellent job of explaining some of the complex thought processes that people with AS go through. I even found some new potential explanations for some of my own thoughts and behaviors.

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I am giving this book to the therapist who works with me and I would recommend it to any professional or parent who wants to understand these very special children and adults better. This is not about deep or remedial psychotherapy for Asperger's. The author has worked only with children, and seems most involved with finding a way for school and child to fit together.

In this search she has found and understood many differences between Asperger and neuro-typical approach to situations, and these are explained very well and non-judgmentally. This material is available elsewhere but it is always valuable to have many people's description of something that is subjective or perceptual. The author clearly makes the connection between children struggling in school with undisguised Asperger traits and adults in the families with slightly lesser or compensated Asperger traits.

But she doesn't delve into addressing Asperger traits in adulthood where there is a greater ability to work at change purposefully The authors love of Asperger children is evident, but she clearly herself stands with the neuro-typicals. One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. This is the kind of book I want more of -- it is a good, realistic and logical look at autism's spectrum partner, Asperger's Syndrome. I, too am one who places psychotherapy on a plane with dental extraction without novacaine and major surgery without anesthesia of things I would not want to endure.


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Without going into detail, let's just say my experience has ranged from enduring cruelty to inept advice that proved as helpful as buying shoes for a fish. This book, however is different. In short, I like her style. To her credit, Jacobsen appears to be a progressive, logical and realistic thinker.

That is sorely needed in any therapeutic relationship. Jacobsen does not resort to self aggrandizement; she admits that some methods failed dismally with certain clients and viewed these setbacks as learning opportunities.

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Judgments prononounced against people with autism from the NT world are addressed. Misinterpreted behavior is often mistaken for stubborness; arrogance; egocentricity and cruelty which just is not true. Ironically, many of the judgments the NT world world places on those on the spectrum more often than not can be found among the NT population. Behaviors wrongfully called "narcissistic" are often childhood misperceptions of what one can do in comparison with others. For many with autism, these types of concepts have to be taught cognitively as they are not innately known.

For example, I never understood why people would "go along with you" when you wanted to play a joke. It makes you feel foolish to realize that your ruse was visible to the adult s in question and that the joke backfired. For a child on the spectrum, being told the reason for "going along," e. Many of the theories used seem to explain behaviors, but don't quite fit the tab.

For people on the spectrum, so much of what the NT world takes for granted by having intuitive knowledge, e. On a purely cognitive level I understand the author's rationale for using the terms that she does; however, I am not fully convinced these terms apply in many cases. In the paradoxical case of "theory of mind," that is, people with autism having such mental theories for others on the spectrum, but not for NT people to me suggests the age old problem of communication issues.

Autism DOES negatively impact on communication - for example, many people with autism have trouble with nonverbal cues; reactions others make to certain responses, etc. It is important to keep in mind that there is no one size fits all. Not all people with autism will behave or follow the "models" of the clients described in this book. Another part that I take issue with is the on going belief that autistics have to shed more overt autistic behavior to appease the NT world. During the psychiatric Dark Ages, autism was thought to be a mental illness! Such "experts" recommended that Raun be institutionalized, which sadly happened to many people with autism.

Sadly, they relied on the theories and methods of the time and often with devastating consequences. In many books, the features of Asperger's Syndrome AS are described as they appear to others; in this book, the author tells the inside story. I am an adult with AS, and this book helped me to explain to my family, for the first time, what was going on in my head.

The importance of the therapeutic relationship, case management, the need for collaboration between professionals, school consultation and educational needs of children with AS are also discussed at length, and illustrated with case studies. Providing an in-depth analysis of AS from a psychotherapist's point of view, this original book makes compelling reading for parents, families, teachers and those with AS, as well as for professionals in this area.

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She has thirty years experience as a child psychotherapist and was also a Clinical Faculty supervisor in the Child Psychiatry Division at Stanford University.