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1. Asperger Syndrome and Psychotherapy:
2. Jacobsen syndrome: An entry from
3. Understanding How Asperger Children

1. Asperger Syndrome and Psychotherapy: Understanding Asperger Perspectives
by Paula Jacobsen
Paperback: 176 Pages (2003-03)
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Asin: 1843107430
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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People with Asperger Syndrome (AS) understand and respond to the world in a very different way from people without this condition. The challenge for psychotherapists working with Asperger clients lies in setting aside their own preconceptions and learning to understand their client's perspective. Behavior that, in a "neurotypical" client, may be evidence of a problem, in an Asperger client may simply be a manifestation of Asperger ways of approaching the world. Paula Jacobsen demonstrates, through case studies, how to interpret classic analytic and psychodynamic theories in relation to people with AS. Readable and sympathetic, her book will be illuminating reading for people with AS, family and friends as well as professionals. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This is More Like It!
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.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.The therapist/author was a person with good old fashioned common sense who did not fall into the harmful practice of labeling children with damning diagnoses that would hound them for years to come; did not try to force a culturally popular label onto any of her clients.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.At all times she admits to being an outsider to the autism/Asperger's (a/A) world, but yet maintains a level and intelligent view of these related spectrum conditions.

Jacobsen does not resort to self aggrandizement; she admits that some methods failed dismally with certain clients and viewed these setbacks as learning opportunities.The descriptions of her clients was interesting and well fleshed out; the behaviors described sounded like a/A behaviors.

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.g. pretending to be fooled by something the child has said or done has to be explained.

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.g. decoding body language; seeing shades of gray as opposed to black and white is not readily explained by the terminology this author uses, e.g. executive decision.

Sadly, a chasm exists between NT and a/A in terms of understanding behavior in so many cases.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.Raun Kaufman, whose father Barry Neil Kaufman wrote of his stellar "recovery" from autism, says in SON-RISE II: THE MIRACLE CONTINUES that "expert" is "the biggest misnomer" in creation because those "credentialled experts" often did more harm than good based on the limited knowledge of the times.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."Expert" is a misnomer because the people in question did not always know what they were doing and did not want to lose face by admitting this.Sadly, they relied on the theories and methods of the time and often with devastating consequences.

5-0 out of 5 stars best resource on Aspergers
This is an excellent, quick read that provides a wealth of information on autistic spectrum disorders useful for counselors, clients, families, and anyone interested.It is written so well that I didn't put it down until I read it from cover to cover. Enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars A unique insight into the Asperger mind
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. Compared to the 'neurotypical' people around me, I have such unusual patterns of thinking. What I find most distressing is being unable to understand and explain to other people these ways of perceiving and thinking about things. Now I can! It has made such a difference to me: it's as though I've been given the key to a prison that I have been in all my life.

This book is rare among books about AS because it takes an inside approach; it focuses on patterns of thinking and the problems that arise from this. The author is a psychotherapist with many years experience of working with AS. She has enormous insight and understanding, and I found myself thinking "Yes!! That's EXACTLY IT!!!" in response to just about every paragraph.

Another useful book on the subject is "Autistic Thinking: this is the title" by Peter Vermeulen.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
This book has been extremely helpful in my work with an Asperger's patient I am seeing.It is a quick read and is especially useful for the beginning therapist who needs a basic framework for how to approach these patients!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for parents and professionals
I really enjoyed reading this book.I am 24-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.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. ... Read more

2. Jacobsen syndrome: An entry from Thomson Gale's <i>Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders, 2nd ed.</i>
by Dawn, MS, CGC Cardeiro
 Digital: 4 Pages (2005)
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Asin: B000M5B1RO
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Information on many genetic disorders, and the frequent new findings on them, has been extremely difficult to come by—until now. The “Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders” addresses the need for current, hard-to-find facts on emerging discoveries. The two-volume Encyclopedia, presented in a single alphabetical sequence, provides clear, complete information on genetic disorders, including conditions, tests, procedures, treatments and therapies, in articles that are both comprehensive and easy to understand, in language accessible to laypersons. The articles are arranged in a standardized format for quick comparison and ease of use, while non-disorder topics are covered in detail with extended entries. Students will want to consult the “Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders” for useful information on a range of well known disorders, including Down Syndrome, Trisomy, Hemophilia and Tourette Syndrome, and rarely seen diseases such as Meckel Syndrome, Neuraminidase Deficiency and Phenylketonuria.

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3. Understanding How Asperger Children and Adolescents Think and Learn: Creating Manageable Environments for AS Students
by Paula Jacobsen
Paperback: 120 Pages (2005-06-15)
list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$15.26
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Asin: 1843108046
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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"Understanding How Asperger Children and Adolescents Think and Learn" helps educators appreciate the learning process and improve its effectiveness for students with Asperger Syndrome. The author provides a compelling inside view of how AS pupils perceive and understand what goes on in the classroom, and how they, in turn, are perceived by fellow pupils and teachers. She adopts a pragmatic approach to improving communications in the classroom and offers practical intervention strategies to increase mutual understanding and create a rewarding and supportive learning environment. The book also includes many examples of behavior commonly observed in AS children, and illuminating accounts of specific children's experiences, which help to understand the learning process and avoid misunderstandings. This accessible book is a key resource for educators and parents of AS children and provides invaluable guidance and strategies for professionals who need to understand how AS pupils learn and communicate. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars lots of good info
This book gave me lots of helpful tips, and for my son's teacher's too! It helped to know that my son's behavior is very typical of Asperger's, and that we are not alone in learning how to deal with it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Easy to Read
This book by Paula Jacobson has been a lifesaver for my aspie son and his teachers. So many of the books on this topic are technical and all encompassing. This one captures the "spirit" of the issues that most affect day to day survival in the neuro-typical world. The many examples are very helpful in seeing the subtleties that are often not noticed but make all the difference. ... Read more

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