Synopses & Reviews
An invaluable resource for therapists, this lucidly written book provides research-based strategies for addressing the core problems of Asperger syndrome (AS) and helping clients manage frequently encountered comorbidities, such as anxiety disorders and depression. Detailed case examples illustrate the complexities of AS and the challenges it presents in daily life, relationships, and the workplace. The author presents a cogent rationale for cognitive-behavioral intervention and offers clear guidelines for conducting assessments and designing and implementing individualized treatment plans. Throughout, the emphasis is on helping people with AS decrease distress while preserving and building on their unique strengths. Special features include a case formulation worksheet and other helpful reproducibles.
About the Author
Valerie L. Gaus, PhD, has been a practicing cognitive-behavioral therapist serving adults and adolescents with dual diagnosis (intellectual disability with comorbid psychiatric disorder), autism spectrum disorders, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders since she received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Stony Brook University in 1992. Since then she has maintained a private practice on Long Island, New York, and serves as the staff psychologist for the Vincent Smith School in Port Washington, New York. Dr. Gaus is on the advisory board of the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association, the grant review committee of the Organization for Autism Research, and the adjunct faculty at Long Island University/C. W. Post. She was also a founding board member of the New York Metro chapter of the National Association for the Dually Diagnosed. Dr. Gaus has written numerous articles and book chapters on mental health issues in developmental disabilities and has lectured extensively on these topics across the United States and abroad.
Table of Contents
1. Defining Asperger Syndrome in Adulthood
2. Conceptualization of Mental Health Problems in Adult Asperger Syndrome
3. The Initial Assessment
4. Individualized Case Formulation and Treatment Plan Design
5. Psychoeducation and Orientation to Treatment
6. Intervention: Increasing Skills to Address the Core Problems of Asperger Syndrome
7. Intervention: Addressing Comorbid Mental Health Problems
8. Adjunctive Therapies and Interdisciplinary Collaboration
9. Obstacles to Treatment and How to Address Them
10. Ending Treatment and Looking Ahead
Appendix: Therapy Resources