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Coming Out Asperger : Diagnosis, Disclosure and Self-Confidence - Dinah Murray

Coming Out Asperger

Diagnosis, Disclosure and Self-Confidence

By: Dinah Murray (Editor), Jennifer Overton (Contribution by), Wendy Lawson (Contribution by), Jacqui Jackson (Contribution by), Dennis Debbaudt (Contribution by)

Paperback Published: 15th November 2005
ISBN: 9781843102403
Number Of Pages: 280

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Coming Out Asperger 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.The ever-difficult question of who to tell and when once a diagnosis has been confirmed is discussed in great depth. Liane Holliday Willey and Stephen Shore examine the dynamics of disclosure, its risks and the possible effect on self-confidence. Jacqui Jackson looks at how a diagnosis impacts upon family life. Tony Attwood provides a clinician's view of diagnosing adults, and Lynne Moxon, Wendy Lawson, Dora Georgiou and Jane Meyerding discuss adult issues surrounding disclosure, including how to deal with relationships and sexuality, and disclosure in the workplace, as well as social and disability issues.A unique and fascinating insight into the important issue of diagnosis disclosure, this book is an essential guide for people with AS, parents, teachers, professionals and all those who have ever felt confused about revealing a personal issue.

Whether you are a person with AS, a parent, teacher or professional who is involved with a person diagnosed with AS, this book can offer support in dealing with issues surrounding disclosure. Issues covered throughout the book range from how you might tell your child about their diagnosis to issues surrounding relationships and sexuality for adults with AS. -- Autism Matters
This collection shares the stories of people with Asperger Syndrome and offers guidance on coping with the diagnosis and deciding whether to tell other people. The 18 chapters discuss the symptoms and diagnostic assessment of the disorder, boosting confidence in people with a monotropic disposition, telling peers at school, and the need to develop tolerance in society. -- Book News
It would be particularly useful for a wide range of professionals, including educationalists who are seeking detailed information about Asperger Syndrome and Autism, and parents would benefit form reading the book too. -- www.youthinmind.net

Introductionp. 9
To tell or not to tell: that is the Aspie questionp. 19
Diagnosis in adultsp. 32
Confidence, self-confidence and social confidencep. 53
Psychiatry and Asperger syndromep. 67
Being told or being told off? Reciprocity at the diagnostic interviewp. 88
Mental health issues surrounding diagnosis, disclosure and self-confidence in the context of Asperger syndromep. 94
One that got awayp. 108
'Why's it all so difficult?' Sharing the diagnosis with the young personp. 125
Telling peers at school about Asperger syndrome: thoughts on how and whyp. 143
Disclosure at secondary school: sharing the news of Asperger syndrome with a young person's peer groupp. 149
The Conversationp. 164
Disclosure: talking about what makes us humanp. 173
Disclosure: a parent's perspectivep. 184
Coming out, variousp. 200
Diagnosis, disclosure and self-confidence in sexuality and relationshipsp. 214
Diagnosis in adulthood and community disclosurep. 230
Coming out autistic at workp. 245
Disclosing to the authoritiesp. 258
Contributor Biographiesp. 268
Subject Indexp. 273
Author Indexp. 279
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ISBN: 9781843102403
ISBN-10: 1843102404
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 15th November 2005
Publisher: JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.45