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All Birds Have Anxiety

Kathy Hoopman

Life as a bird can be stressful! From worrying about airplanes, windows, and getting enough worms to eat, it is clear that birds can be anxious beings. Through a light-touch, quizzical depiction of bird behaviour, All Birds Have Anxiety uses colourful images and astute explanations to explore with gentle humour what it means to live with anxiety day-to-day, and how to begin to deal with it.
Following the style of the bestselling All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome and All Dogs Have ADHD, wonderful colour photographs express the complex and difficult ideas related to anxiety disorder in an easy-to-understand way. This simple yet profound book validates the deeper everyday experiences of anxiety, provides an empathic understanding of the many symptoms associated with anxiety, and offers compassionate suggestions for change.
The combination of understanding and gentle humour make this the ideal introduction to anxiety disorder for those diagnosed with this condition, their family and friends and those generally interested in understanding anxiety.

21x21cm  72 pages  $24.00  

All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome

Kathy Hoopman

Takes a playful look at Asperger Syndrome (AS), drawing inspiration from the feline world in a way that will strike a chord with all those who are familiar with AS. Delightful colour photographs of cats bring to life familiar characteristics such as sensitive hearing, scampering at the first sign of being stroked, and particular eating habits. Touching, humorous and insightful, this book evokes the difficulties and joys of raising a child who is different and leaves the reader with a sense of the dignity, individuality, and potential of people with AS.

22x22cm  65 pages  $24.00  

Appreciating Asperger Syndrome

Looking at the Upside - with 300 Positive Points

Brenda Boyde

In many respects, Asperger Syndrome (AS) has a more negative image than it deserves, and often this is because of the challenge it represents to other people. In this book, Brenda Boyd challenges negative perceptions of AS and shows that, in the right circumstances and with the right attitude, a diagnosis of Aspergers can be viewed as a positive experience.Exploring 300 different characteristics of AS, Boyd acknowledges the negative perceptions of these characteristics but goes on to advocate the large number of advantages to the Aspergers way of thinking for individuals with AS, those around them and society as a whole. For every negative, Boyd proves there are many more positives. From their refreshing honesty to their originality and potential to become leaders rather than followers, people with AS have many admirable personality traits. Boyd argues that, by adjusting our perceptions of what is 'normal' and embracing diversity, AS can genuinely be understood, accepted and appreciated." Appreciating Asperger Syndrome" is an insightful celebration of AS which should be read by anyone who knows or works professionally with individuals with AS, and anyone with an interest in the subject

24x16cm  250 pages  $35.00  

Asperger Dictionary of Everyday Expressions

second edition

Ian Stuart-Hamilton

This dictionary aims to dispel any confusion that arises from the misinterpretation of language. It provides explanations of over 5000 idiomatic expressions and a useful guide to their politeness level. Each expression is accompanied by a clear explanation of its meaning and when and how it might be used.

23x16cm  256 pages  $34.00  

Asperger Syndrome and Anxiety

A Guide to Successful Stress Management

Nick Dublin

Many people suffer from feelings of stress and anxiety in their everyday lives. For people with AS this stress can be particularly difficult to manage. On a daily basis they must fit into a world that seems totally foreign to them and this can increase feelings of alienation and anxiety, making life's challenges especially hard to cope with.
The first book on anxiety written specifically for adults with Asperger Syndrome, this book offers practical advice on how individuals with AS can manage their anxiety more effectively. As a person with AS who has struggled with feelings of anxiety and learnt how to overcome them, Nick Dubin shares his own tried and tested solutions along with up-to-date research on stress management for individuals with AS, including a chapter on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Dubin explores the key problem areas that can lead to anxiety for people with AS such as lack of social skills, difficulties establishing romantic relationships and uncertainty about employment.
Asperger Syndrome and Anxiety provides real solutions to a common problem and is essential reading for anyone with AS who has trouble managing stress. The book will also be of interest to family members, teachers and other professionals working with individuals with AS. "A remarkable and keenly insightful work from a brilliant and emerging leader in the autism self-advocacy community." - William Stillman, author of Autism and the God Connection and Demystifying the Autistic Experience

23x15cm  220 pages  $35.00  

Asperger's and Girls

World-renowned experts join those with Asperger's Syndrome to resolve issues that girls and women face every day

Tony Attwood and Temple Grandin, plus ...

Here is a book that provides up-to-date information about girls and women with Asperger's Syndrome. Covering topics such as diagnoses, education, puberty, relationships, and careers, experts in the field share practical advice for both caregivers and the women and girls who are affected by Asperger's. Other chapters are written by women who have been diagnosed with ASD. They candidly reveal their experiences and compassionately advise others. Finally, this book recognizes the unique problems of girls on the spectrum.

15x23cm  150 pages  $40.00  

Asperger's Answer Book

The Top 300 Questions Parents Ask

Susan Ashley

In a time when parents are overwhelmed with confusing--and often conflicting--information, this resource provides them with clear and confident counsel. Written by an experienced child psychologist, it helps parents understand and accept their child's illness and develop a plan for success.

20x15cm  309 pages  $40.00  

Coming Out Asperger

Diagnosis, Disclosure and Self-Confidence

Dinah Murray, ed

Explores the complexity of diagnosis for Asperger Syndrome, the drawbacks and benefits of disclosing a diagnosis of a "hidden disability," and how this impinges on self-esteem. The contributors include some of the best-known and most exciting writers in the field of Asperger Syndrome (AS) today, and include individuals on the autism spectrum, parents and professionals. The broad range of the chapters, which draw on anecdotal, professional and research-based evidence, make this book a comprehensive and highly original consideration of the implications of an AS diagnosis.

272 pages  $32.95  

Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome

Tony Attwood

The definitive handbook for anyone affected by Asperger's Syndrome, this work brings together a wealth of information on all aspects of the condition for children as well as adults.

24x17cm  397 pages  $39.95  

Creative Expressive Activities and Asperger's Syndrome

Social and Emotional Skills and Positive Life Goals for Adolescents and Young Adults

Judith Martinovich

This forward-looking book focuses on building individual strengths and resilience, rather than modifying perceived weaknesses, through individualized therapy within a group context. Integrating psychological and educational theory with a variety of creative therapies, Judith Martinovich combines activities such as art making, drama, music, puppetry, yoga and photography with conventional cognitive-behavioural interventions to support individuals with AS.

22x15cm  287 pages  $32.95  

Genius Genes

How Asperger Talents Changed the World

Michael Fitzgerald & Brendan O'Brien

Illustrates how some of the greatest innovators in history may have had a significant number of autistic traits or might have warrated a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome, had they been alive today. While this can't be validated the point is well made that while people with AS might have difficulties coping with rapidly changing social situations, they have many talents that can often help make the world a better place.

23x16cm  309 pages  $39.00  

Getting IT

Using information technology to empower people with communication difficulties

Dinah Murray and Ann Aspinall

Information technology (IT) has great potential to be an effective and empowering means of communication for people with communication difficulties. Getting IT explores how IT can help such people increase their independence, communicate in more direct ways and express themselves as part of society. Examines common problems faced by people with learning and communication difficulties being judged on appearances, encountering impatience from communication partners, problems identifying and understanding key information and difficulties communicating decisions. They show how IT can help solve these problems: for example internet search tools for accessing information at home, typing and email as socially neutral, universally acceptable modes of expression, anonymous, non-judgmental internet chatrooms and discussion forums.

16x23cm  192 pages  $39.95  

Hidden Curriculum

Practical Solutions for Understanding Unstated Rules in Social Situations

Brenda Smith Myles

This book offers practical suggestions and advice for how to teach and learn those subtle messages that most people seem to pick up almost automatically but that have to be directly taught to individuals with social-cognitive challenges. Given the serious consequences that can befall a person who violates a social rule, the strategies and detailed lists of curriculum items make The Hidden Curriculum a much-needed resource.

27x20cm  64 pages  $46.95  

Hidden World of Autism

Writing and Art by Children with High-Functioning Autism

Rebecca Chilvers

A celebration of the talents and insights of children on the autism spectrum, The Hidden World of Autism presents a collection of writings and drawings contributed by 21 autistic children.
The children's work covers topics that are of primary importance in understanding some of the common experiences that children with autism, and their families, go through. These include life before diagnosis, friendships, relationships, feelings, bullying and the future. A key characteristic of having autism is the inability to express emotions; but too often that prevents children with autism from being listened to. This book gives them both a voice and a forum for creative expression and provides direct insight into what having autism means for the children themselves and how they feel about their experiences.
This unique collection provides invaluable insights into the autistic experience for professionals, families and friends of children with autism, as well as the children themselves.

24x17cm  124 pages  $38.95  

Inside Asperger's Looking Out

Kathy Hoopman

Through engaging text and full-color photographs, this book shows neurotypicals how Aspies see and experience the world.
Each page brings to light traits that many Aspies have in common, from sensitive hearing and an aversion to bright lights and strong smells, to literal thinking and difficulty understanding social rules and reading body language and facial expressions. At the same time, the book highlights and celebrates the unique characteristics that make those with Asperger's Syndrome special.
This is the perfect introduction to the world of Aspies, told from their own perspective, for the people in their lives: including family, friends, and classmates. Those with Asperger's Syndrome will also appreciate this book for the way it shares their own singular perspectives on life.

22x22cm  72 pages  $21.95  

Kids in the Syndrome Mix

Of ADHD, LD, Autism Spectrum, Tourette's, Anxiety and More!: The One Stop Guide for Parents, Teachers and Other Professionals Revised ed

Martin Kutscher

The completely updated and expanded new edition of this well-established text incorporates DSM-5 changes as well as other new developments. The all-in-one guide covers the whole range of often co-existing neuro-behavioral disorders in children from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety, to autism spectrum disorders, nonverbal learning disabilities, Tourette's, sensory integration problems, and executive dysfunction.

256 pages  $42.95  

Many Faces of Asperger's Syndrome

Maria Rhode, Trudy Klauber

This is a multidisciplinary collection of papers from psychiatrists, psychologists and child psychotherapists that aims to address the issue of variation within the diagnostic category of Asperger's Syndrome. Children diagnosed with Asperger s Syndrome share core anxieties but present a wide spectrum of strikingly different character traits and coping devices. There exists considerable overlap with other conditions such as Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Borderline Personality, Schizoid Personality Disorder and psychopathy.
The collection boasts a new translation of Asperger's original paper and a historical review of the changing psychiatric perspectives on Asperger s Syndrome, including recollections from Lionel Hersov, a personal acquaintance of Asperger. A child psychotherapist provides a commentary on Asperger s paper from the perspective of recent developments in the psychoanalytic treatment of children with autistic spectrum disorders. Cognitive approaches are reviewed and compared and contrasted to psychoanalytic theory. Two first-person accounts are included and studied as to how they link with and differ to psychoanalytic theory and the case study of a 10-year-old boy is discussed in relation to various diagnostic criteria. We have a copy in stock at this price. New stock will cost in the order of $72.00

23x15cm  302 pages  $64.00  

Sensory Perceptual Issues in Autism and Asperger Syndrome

Different Sensory Experiences - Different Perceptual Worlds (2ND ed.)

Olga Bogdashina

Completely revised and updated, this book focuses on sensory perceptual problems as identified by individuals on the autism spectrum.
Despite frequently being identified by individuals with autism as one of the main problems they face, sensory perceptual issues are still often overlooked by professionals. The author covers the sensory perceptual experiences and sensitivities seen in autism spectrum conditions, and the cognitive differences caused by them. She considers assessment and intervention, and makes practical recommendations for selecting appropriate methods and techniques to eliminate sensory perceptual problems and enhance individual strengths.
Brought up-to-date with current research and the latest thinking on autism, this book enables teachers, parents, professionals and individuals with autism fully to understand and address the problematic aspects of the sensory perceptual differences of people with autism spectrum conditions.

22x15cm  288 pages  $36.95  

Social Skills Training for Children with Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism

Susan Williams White

This book provides a guiding framework that can be easily adapted to any client's or student's needs. The author has integrated useful information on a variety of treatment approaches into a cutting-edge synthesis of the best available research and clinical practices. She addresses everything from how to understand and measure target behaviors to how to structure sessions for success, the type of content to cover, and specific strategies to employ. Many case examples make the information easy to understand, and handouts are provided that can be utilized in treatment or teaching. The end result is a book that is very comprehensive and easy to apply--a 'must read' for anyone doing social skills intervention with children with ASD.

23x16cm  182 pages  $49.95  

Teaching the Basics of Theory of Mind

A Complete Curriculum with Supporting Materials for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Related Social Difficulties Aged Approximately 5 to 9 Years

Krstina Ordetx

This manual contains a 12-week curriculum designed to incorporate a multi-sensory approach to developing the critical and basic aspects of Theory of Mind (ToM). The activities are designed to be used with children aged 5-9, who have been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or who have related social challenges.
By building on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy principles, this book shows how teaching ToM to young children can help them to better understand the emotions and actions of people around them. This curriculum has been designed to enhance the development of ToM and subsequently enhance social understanding in children who demonstrate challenges with pre-requisite skills that lead to successful social relationships and situations. As well as practical advice and supplementary materials such as worksheets and cut-out-and-use flash cards, this book includes reinforcement activities to be carried out at home with parents and care givers.

28x22cm  144 pages  $49.00  

Teaching Theory of Mind

A Curriculum for Children with High Functioning Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, and Related Social Challenges

Kirstina Ordetx

This book provides teachers and other professionals with a highly effective, easy-to-follow curriculum for teaching children with high-functioning autism, Asperger syndrome and related social challenges to relate to and interact with others successfully by developing a solid, basic foundation in Theory of Mind (ToM).
Dr. Kirstina Ordetx provides an accessible overview of the key concepts of ToM, and explains how to assess each child's readiness for the curriculum, suggesting practical ways in which to support those who do not yet meet the minimum criteria. Twelve 60-90 minute lesson plans for use with small or large groups of children aged approximately 7-16 are then presented, each of which is accompanied by a photocopiable letter to provide parents and carers with suggested activities for practicing and reinforcing the concepts and skills learnt at home. The lesson plans are engaging and varied, and are grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), an approach which is recognized as one of the most effective methods of providing developmental interventions to children on the autism spectrum. All of the supplementary materials needed to teach the curriculum are included in the book: a photocopiable assessment checklist, a photocopiable social skills poster, and over 200 cut-out-and-use flash cards.
Developed by the author over twenty years' of working with children with autism and related social challenges, and used effectively with many hundreds of students, this curriculum is an essential resource for teachers in special and mainstream education settings. It will also be of interest to other professionals involved in supporting this group, including behavioral therapists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, and school and guidance counsellors

28x21cm  $45.00  

Thinking in Pictures

And Other Reports from My Life with Autism

Temple Grandin

In this unprecedented book, expanded and updated, a gifted animal scientist who is also autistic, delivers a report on autism, written from her unique perspective. What emerges is the document of an extraordinary human being, one who bridges the gulf between her condition and our own, shedding light on the riddle of our common identity.

14x21cm  270 pages  $30.00  

What Did You Say? What Do You Mean?

An Illustrated Guide to Understanding Metaphors

Jude Welton, illus Jane Telford

Children with A.S. usually have difficulties understanding metaphors. Using words and illustrations this book sets out to explain the meaning of many of them. Any parent or teacher working with Asperger's will find it beginning to open the doors of imagination for the child in ways that they might not have thought possible. A lovely and practical book, which children and grownups can enjoy - and giggle over - together. There is now a set of cards What Did You Say? What Did You Mean? For information see "Card Sets"

25x17cm  128 pages  $26.95