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The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome is the definitive handbook for anyone affected by Asperger’s syndrome. It brings together a wealth of information on all aspects the syndrome for children through to adults.

Chapters examine:

– causes and indications of the syndrome
– the diagnosis and its effect on the individual
– theory of mind
– the perception of emotions in self and others
– social interaction, including friendships
– long-term relationships
– teasing, bullying and mental health issues
– the effect of AS on language and cognitive abilities, sensory sensitivity, movement and co-ordination skills
– career development.

There is also an invaluable frequently asked questions chapter and a section listing useful resources for anyone wishing to find further information on a particular aspect of AS, as well as literature and educational tools.

Essential reading for families and individuals affected by AS as well as teachers, professionals and employers coming in contact with people with AS, this book should be on the bookshelf of anyone who needs to know or is interested in this complex condition.

Find this book at Resources At Hand, www.resourcesathand.com.au

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Publication in the Pipeline

Autism Working: A Seven-Step Plan to Thriving at Work by Michelle Garnett and Tony Attwood

Autism is associated with many qualities that are highly sought after by employers such as reliability, persistence, attention to detail, creativity in problem solving and many others. The key to success in the workplace is understanding these strengths and identifying the support you need to help you flourish. This self-guided workbook provides advice, strategies and activities to manage the difficulties that can arise at work. You will be given the tools to help minimise anxiety, sensory overload, unhelpful thinking patterns, difficulties with social communication, and organisation and planning problems. The activities are interactive, and you can approach them on your terms. They can be dispersed throughout the day or week, and the workbook and accompanying videos include everything you need to set and achieve your employment goals. The course can also be undertaken with the assistance of a mentor, and the workbook includes resources and videos to help them support you.

Scheduled for publication in August 2021 by www.jkp.com

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Having Fun with Feelings & 10 Steps to Reducing Your Child's Anxiety

Tony is a joint author with Michelle Garnett, Loise Ford, Stefanie Runham and Julia Cook. The manual and workbook were written for autistic children age 4-8 years and is based on adaptations to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to understand and reduce anxiety. The manual prepares parents to implement the ‘Fun with Feelings’ programme with their child. The programme can also be used by teachers and therapists.

Neurodiverse Relationships

Neurodiverse Relationships contains the accounts of twelve heterosexual couples in which the male is on the autism spectrum. Both partners discuss their own perspectives of different key issues in the relationship. Tony contributes a commentary for each of the twelve accounts. Published by www.jkp.com in 2019.

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Autism and Girls

Autism and Girls. This is the revised and updated edition of the original Asperger’s and Girls published by Future Horizons www.FHautism.com The book includes a chapter by Tony and Michelle Garnett on Adaptations to Autism that explains introvert and extrovert personality adaptations, and the stages and consequences of camouflaging. Other contributors include Temple Grandin, Jennifer McIlwee Myers and Catherine Faherty.

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Ask Dr Tony

Ask Dr. Tony book contains transcripts of Skype interviews that Craig Evans of ‘Autism Hangout’ website, www.autismhangout.com, conducted with Tony Attwood over several years. Tony answered a wide variety of questions on ASD posed by the members of Autism Hangout and these have been transcribed for all to read and learn.

Published by: Future Horizons Inc., Arlington, TX

Web: www.fhautism.com

Publication Date: September 2018

ISBN: 9781941765807

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Exploring Depression And Beating The Blues

A CBT Self-Help Guide to Understanding and Coping with Depression in Asperger’s Syndrome [ASD-Level 1] written by Tony Attwood and Michelle Garnett. Illustrated by Colin Thompson.

Quick Overview

The book explains and describes depression, the forms it can take, and how it looks and feels for teenagers and adults who have Asperger’s syndrome. It includes a 10-stage CBT self-help programme with self-assessment tools and practical activities designed specifically for individuals with Asperger’s syndrome. Although developed as a self-help guide for use with minimal professional support, the programme can also be used in group or individual treatment.

Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers with more information at www.jkp.com and available in Australia from Resources at Hand, www.resourcesathand.com.au

Here’s the link to the audio recordings used in the book.

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Been There. Done That. Try This!

Edited by Tony Attwood, Craig R. Evans and Anita Lesko

The world’s Aspie mentors pass on their insights for successful living! Launching a mentorship movement within the autism community to help each other find success, this is an inspirational guide to life by Aspies for Aspies.

Temple Grandin, Liane Holliday Willey, Anita Lesko, Dr. Stephen M. Shore, and many others offer words of wisdom on coping with daily stressors such as self-esteem, employment, friendship, and love. Each chapter is chock full of advice from Aspie mentors who have all been there and done that and ends with recommendations from Tony Attwood.

Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers with more information at www.jkp.com available in Australia from Resources at Hand, www.resourcesathand.com.au

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CBT for Children and Adolescents with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders.

This book helps clinicians harness the benefits of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for children and adolescents with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Leading treatment developers describe promising approaches for treating common challenges faced by young people with ASD—anxiety and behavior problems, social competence issues, and adolescent concerns around sexuality and intimacy.

Chapters present session-by-session overviews of each intervention program, review its evidence base, and address practical considerations in treatment.

The book also discusses general issues in adapting CBT for this population and provides a helpful framework for assessment and case conceptualization.

Read more about this book … 

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Exploring Affection

These two books present carefully designed and evaluated activities for parents, teachers and psychologists to help children who have Asperger’s syndrome understand and express affection to friends and family members.

The programme can be incorporated into a social skills or friendship programme or a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy programme for the expression of emotions. The books have been published in 2013 by www.jkp.com

For more information about these books:

From Like to Love, and 

CBT to Help Young People with Asperger’s Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder) to Understand and Express Affection

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Females on the Spectrum

New book on females on the spectrum from Barb Cook and Michelle Garnett
Walking to the Beat of Autism

Edited by Barb Cook and Dr Michelle Garnett. Foreword by Lisa Morgan.


This is an edited collection that tackles a range of issues that affect autistic women, including chapters on growing up, identity, diversity, parenting, independence and self-care. Well-known writers provide advice, support and empowerment to fellow autistic women, and expert Michelle Garnett provides professional commentary for each chapter.

Barb Cook and 14 other autistic women describe life from a female autistic perspective, and present empowering, helpful and supportive insights from their personal experience for fellow autistic women. Michelle Garnett’s comments validate and expand the experiences described from a clinician’s perspective, and provide extensive recommendations.

Autistic advocates including Liane Holliday Willey, Anita Lesko, Jeanette Purkis, Artemisia and Samantha Craft offer their personal guidance on significant issues that particularly affect women, as well as those that are more general to autism. Contributors cover issues including growing up, identity, diversity, parenting, independence and self-care amongst many others. With great contributions from exceptional women, this is a truly well-rounded collection of knowledge and sage advice for any woman with autism.

Published by: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Web: www.jkp.com
Publication Date: September 2018
ISBN: 9781785924347

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