"Providing an explanation of Asperger's based on a review of scientific research, Richard Bromfield describes how the characteristics of the syndrome affect the person's thoughts and experiences throughout childhood. Psychotherapy based on the practices described in this book will change the destiny of children and adults with Asperger Syndrome to one of greater connectivity to themselves and others. This should become the primary text for pshchotherapists working with children and adolescents with Asperger's."
- Tony Attwood, PhD, author of The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome
"Dr. Blomfield generously shares his wisdom and experience in this very accessible, honest, and often moving book. Any clinician who reads it in its entirely - or even selects a chapter or two at random - will no doubt discover new paths to take their most complex and challenging clients and gain a greater appreciation for those with Asperger Syndrome. Bromfield gives us all a window into a world that is hard to describe, impossible to imagine, but needs and deserves to be understood."
- Naomi Angoff Chedd, LMHC, Autism Specialist and coauthor of Replays
Cutting-edge guidance for effective treatment of children and adolescents with Asperger Syndrome
Diagnoses of Asperger Syndrome in children and adolescents are on the rise, and while some clinicians have training and experience in this area, most do not. Using vivid case material, Doing Therapy with Children and Adolescent with Asperger Syndrome offers clinicians the guidance they need to treat the young people they endeavor to help.
Important Notes xviii
1 What Asperger's Means for the Child 1
2 Meet the Parents 11
3 Beginning Th erapy 19
4 Hypersensitivity 29
5 Anxiety 43
6 Communication 61
7 Intellect, Cognitive Style, and Creativity 77
8 Feelings and Depression 101
9 Social Difficulties 121
10 Theory of Mind and Other So-Called Impediments to Therapy 147
11 Connecting It All 169
Appendix: Working with Parents 175
Author Index 201
Subject Index 205
About the Author 217