Asperger Syndrome and Psychotherapy: Understanding Asperger by Paula Jacobsen

By Paula Jacobsen

Individuals with Asperger Syndrome (AS) comprehend and reply to the realm in a truly diversified means from humans with no this situation. The problem for psychotherapists operating with Asperger consumers lies in surroundings apart their very own preconceptions and studying to appreciate their client's viewpoint. habit that, in a "neurotypical" patron, might be facts of an issue, in an Asperger purchaser may possibly easily be a manifestation of Asperger methods of impending the realm. Paula Jacobsen demonstrates, via case stories, the right way to interpret vintage analytic and psychodynamic theories when it comes to individuals with AS. Readable and sympathetic, her e-book may be illuminating analyzing for individuals with AS, friends and family in addition to pros.

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For this kind of intervention to be effective, everyone involved must accept that the tape is for information. It is a mirror. It is not a judge. The intention of this intervention is awareness, not criticism. The child himself often may make a change, at least in public, once he is aware of how he looks or sounds. Central Coherence It was Dr Linda Lotspeich of Stanford University (2001), once again, who introduced me to another concept that I now consciously and purposefully consider in my work with children and their parents, as well as with schools.

The Sally and Ann situation is a test of theory of mind that was developed for a study (Baron-Cohen et al. 1985). Sally is a doll who has a basket. Ann, another doll, has a box. Sally puts a marble in her basket and then leaves. After Sally leaves, Ann takes the marble out of the basket and puts it in her box. Soon Sally comes back to look for her marble. Children are asked where Sally will look for the marble. Autistic children and normal children under four years of age say the box, where they know it is, but not where Sally put it before she left.

The mother of a child I see in my practice read the Happé (1997) paper. Anna and her husband had already identified that she had many Asperger features. The paper helped her make sense of an aspect of her own thinking and experiences. She saw that she and her son were similar in that respect. I showed this mom an example from the study described above. I drew the solid D, such as a Down’s child would draw, and Y’s that did not combine to make a coherent shape, such as a Williams child would draw, to illustrate the concept.

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