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Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult Asperger Syndrome by Valerie L. Gaus

By Valerie L. Gaus

An worthy source for therapists, this lucidly written booklet presents research-based innovations for addressing the middle difficulties of Asperger syndrome (AS) and aiding consumers deal with usually encountered comorbidities, reminiscent of nervousness issues and melancholy. special case examples illustrate the complexities of AS and the demanding situations it offers in lifestyle, relationships, and the office. the writer provides a cogent cause for cognitive-behavioral intervention and provides transparent instructions for accomplishing checks and designing and enforcing individualized therapies. all through, the emphasis is on aiding individuals with AS reduce misery whereas conserving and development on their certain strengths. unique positive factors comprise a case formula worksheet and different worthy reproducibles.

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When using the individualized case conceptualization approach outlined in this book, it is important to focus on symptoms of inattention or impulsivity if they are present, and to ensure that the best empirically supported therapies are included in the treatment plan for these types of problems. Defining AS in Adulthood 31 Anxiety Disorders Every adult patient with AS I have met has struggled with anxiety in one form or another. The high rate of anxiety disorders comorbid with AS makes differential diagnosis a complex task (Tsai, 2006).

Bob and his parents came to the intake together. During the interview he made no eye contact and displayed psychomotor retardation, sitting in a slumped posture and looking steadily toward the floor. However, he appeared to attend to the interview, in that he responded to each question and interchange—albeit in a very negative and defensive fashion, with a constant scowl on his face and expressions of anger and hostility toward the therapist and his parents throughout the session. Bob was manifesting many acute mood and anxiety symptoms at the time of intake, leading to differential diagnosis challenges when considering the presence of AS.

His “inflexible adherence to specific, nonfunctional routines or rituals” could be seen in his total inability to shift his rent-paying routine and to practice adaptive problem solving when he received eviction warnings. Joe also demonstrated “restricted patterns of interest”: his leisure activities focused solely on wild birds. In the social domain, he demonstrated a “failure to develop peer relationships” and “lack of social or emotional reciprocity” in the way he interacted with his family as well as the therapist.

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