Coming out Asperger Diagnosis, Disclosure and self- confidence

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Author: Dinah Murray


With contributions from some of the best-known and most exciting writers in the field of Autism and Asperger Syndrome (AS), this new book examines AS diagnosis and disclosure (selective or otherwise) from many different perspectives. Drawing on anecdotal, professional and research-based evidence, Coming Out Asperger looks at the impact on children and adults of an AS diagnosis, as well as the effect on parents, teachers, colleagues, siblings and partners. Having considered the social model of disability and the role of diagnosis within it, the contributors go on to cover a range of issues, from the effect of a diagnosis on self-confidence and esteem (Liane Holliday Willey), to a clinician’s view of sensitively disclosing a diagnosis to parents (Tony Attwood). Luke Jackson and Eoin Mason write first hand about the effect of being diagnosed with and experiencing AS children and adolescents; Jacqui Jackson and Jennifer Overton look at how a diagnosis impacts upon family life and how to tell children that they have AS. The ever-difficult question of who and when to tell once a diagnosis has been confirmed, and how to deal with relationships and sexuality, are also discussed. 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.