Adaptations to Autism By Professor Tony Attwood, Clinical Psychologist

One of the central characteristics of autism in DSM 5 is a deficit in social communication and social interaction. The social and interpersonal aspects of life are a challenge, so how does the person who has autism adapt to these challenges? Clinical experience suggests there are three potential adaptations: the introvert, the “intensive” extrovert, and the “camouflaging” extrovert. The Introvert…

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Coping with ‘Meltdowns’ By Professor Tony Attwood, Clinical Psychologist

Those who have an ASD are prone to have a catastrophic reaction or meltdown when overly stressed, anxious or frustrated. The meltdown may be externalised, with an intense despair that manifests as an expression of anger, perhaps with destruction of property or aggression towards a person. The meltdown can also be internalised, with intense self-blame and hatred and even suicidal…

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Exploring Depression, and Beating the Blues: Additional Free Audio Recordings

by Tony Attwood and Michelle Garnett Depression is common among people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and has particular features and causes. Below are a variety of free audio recordings to accompany the highly regarded book and resource on depression, Exploring Depression, and Beating the Blues. For more information on the book please click HERE. Download Links to each track:…

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Exploring Feelings for Young Children with High-Functioning Autism or Asperger’s Disorder — Angela Scarpa, Anthony Wells and Tony Attwood

The STAMP Treatment Manual The Stress and Anger Management Program (STAMP) uses a cognitive behavioral approach to encourage children who suffer from mood difficulties to explore and control their emotions. This practical manual outlines a dynamic and effective 9-session program designed specifically for young children with high-functioning autism or Asperger's syndrome. Young children with autism have particular difficulty in understanding…

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The Autism Spectrum, Sexuality and the Law — Tony Attwood, Isabelle Hénault and Nick Dubin

What every parent and professional needs to know. This ground-breaking book explores the problems that can arise surrounding the autism spectrum (ASD), sexuality and the law. Covering everything from how the ASD profile can affect sexual development to information about current laws, it is essential reading for parents of children with ASD, and mental health and legal professionals. Based on…

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The CAT-kit — Tony Attwood, Kirsten Callesen and Annette Moller Nielsen

Dr. Tony Attwood has teamed up with Dr. Kirsten Callesen and Annette Moller Nielsen of Denmark to create a powerful yet user-friendly tool that gets straight to the core of the thoughts and emotions behind behavior. The CAT-kit offers an easy, hands-on way for young people to communicate with adults, and each other. Years in the making, The Cognitive Affective Training (CAT)…

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CBT to Help Young People with Asperger’s Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder) to Understand and Express Affection — Tony Attwood and Michelle Garnett

A Manual for Professionals The authors provide CBT programme for use by professionals to address the difficulty children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorders have in expressing, experiencing and enjoying affection appropriately with friends, family members and other adults. Children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are often not instinctive and intuitive in expressing their liking or love…

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From Like to Love for Young People with Asperger’s Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder) — Tony Attwood and Michelle Garnett

Learning How to Express and Enjoy Affection with Family and Friends Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often find it difficult to express like or love for someone. This book, by the leading experts, addresses this issue in practical terms, providing carefully created activities in which parents can help a child with ASD to develop their ability to understand…

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