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Help for the Child with Asperger's Syndrome

Help for the Child with Asperger's Syndrome

Gretchen Mertz Cowell | Tony Attwood



Parents of children diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome frequently find themselves embarking on an exhausting and disheartening hunt for the services and interventions that their child needs - and is entitled to. Gretchen Mertz presents a readable and comprehensive parent's guide to developing an intervention program for a child with AS.

Beginning with the search for a diagnosis, she outlines an accessible overview of the helpful and appropriate services that are available, how to find them and get funding for them, what to expect of them, and how to evaluate them. The issues raised and the information given will be pertinent to any parent of a child that has (or may have) AS. It will also be an invaluable resource for social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists who wish to find or offer appropriate support for children with Asperger's Syndrome.

Gretchen Mertz has a son with Asperger's Syndrome. She researched many of the legal and medical issues surrounding this condition to deal with government officials, school administrators, insurance company representatives and medical and therapeutic professionals to create and implement an appropriate program for her son. Her professional experience includes working as an educator and a legal assistant. She lives with her husband and two children in Philadelphia, where she works all day and writes all night.

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Before you begin ...!
First open community meeting
Theme One – Group cooperation
Session A: Let’s communicate
Session B: Our perceptions
Session C: What is love?
Session D: Our prejudices
Theme Two – HIV and safer sex
Session E: HIV
Session F: Condoms and male circumcision
Theme Three – Why we behave in the ways we do
Session G: Our options
First full workshop meeting
Session H: Let’s look deeper:
Part 1
Session I: Let’s look deeper:
Part 2
Session J: Let’s support ourselves
Theme Four – Ways in which we can change
Session K: Let’s assert ourselves
Session L: Let’s change ourselves
Second full workshop meeting
Session M: Let’s work together
Session N: Let’s prepare for the future
Second open community meeting
Theme Five – Moving forward together
Session O: What happened next?
Session P: Nurturing common ground: Promoting care and support amongst partners, families and the wider community
Session Q: Supporting mothers and their children: Our community’s future in their hands
Session R: Accepting HIV within the family: Supporting family members who are living with HIV
Further open community meeting
Annexes Annex 1: Notes on role plays and tableaux
Annex 2: Technical notes on using DVD
Annex 3: Synopsis of DVD Clips