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This volume provides research-based, practical information on managing the challenges that Asperger syndrome (AS) presents in everyday life and in the classroom. Current knowledge is reviewed on the core learning, behavioral, emotional, social, and communication difficulties associated with this complex disorder. Hurdles facing children with AS and their parents and teachers are clearly identified, and effective assessment and intervention approaches described. Special features include firsthand accounts from an adult with AS and a teacher with extensive experience in the area, as well as numerous illustrative vignettes and classroom examples. While written primarily for professionals, the volume will also be of interest to many parents.
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Margot Prior, PhD, FAPS, is Professor of Psychology at the University of Melbourne and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. She has been a lecturer, clinical psychologist, and researcher in the field of family and child development for more than 30 years at several Australian universities, as well as holding visiting appointments at the University of Padua (Italy), the University of London (UK), and the University of Otago (New Zealand). Until 2002, Dr. Prior was Professor/Director of Psychology at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. She has written five books and many scientific papers on psychological disorders in childhood, and is a frequent speaker at national and international scientific meetings. Dr. Prior has specialized in research into behavioral and cognitive aspects of autism and Asperger syndrome (AS), and has produced a film to help parents and teachers understand AS.
Introduction I. Assessment and Management of Behavioral and Learning Difficulties 1. Relationship between Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism Mayes and Calhoun 2. Cognitive and Academic Problems Reitzel and Szatmari 3. Assessment of Specific Learning Difficulties Manjiviona 4. Effects of Language and Communicative Deficits on Learning and Behavior Tager-Flusberg 5. Understanding Social Difficulties Shaked and Yirmiya 6. Understanding and Managing Circumscribed Interests Attwood 7. Assessment and Treatment of Comorbid Emotional and Behavior Problems Tantam II. Asperger Syndrome in the Schools 8. Remembering School Lawson 9. Challenges Faced by Teachers Working with Students with Asperger Syndrome Gill 10. School-Based Intervention of Children with Specific Learning Difficulties Jordan 11. The Ideal Classroom Kunce 12. Longer-Term Educational and Employment Outcomes Howlin 13. What Do We Know and Where Should We Go? Prior
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