By Genevieve Edmonds, E. Veronica Bliss

A Self-Determined destiny with Asperger Syndrome offers an empowering, sensible method of supporting individuals with Asperger Syndrome (AS) to be successful at school, at paintings, at domestic and in lifestyles.

The authors spotlight how treating AS as a 'problem' is unproductive, and recommend an answer centred technique which acknowledges and makes use of the strengths of individuals with AS to foster mutual recognize and understanding.

Drawing on either their own event and information of counseling, the authors use anecdotes and tales to teach how individuals with AS cope in day by day events. in addition they illustrate how powerful verbal exchange and realizing of a person's wishes and targets are key to bettering lifestyle for individuals with AS. the ultimate portion of the booklet includes sensible worksheets and assets to assist individuals with AS to acknowledge their achievements and paintings in the direction of their targets.

This booklet might be of curiosity to those who are tormented by AS, their households and the folks who paintings with them.

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A person with AS may not want to fit in with the non-autistic community all the time, and likely as not they will already have tried to fit in, without a great deal of success. SF work does not accommodate therapists who want to work to their own agenda of what they think would be best for their client. In order for solution focused approaches to work, the therapist needs to be confident enough to really believe that the person knows what is best for them, even when the therapist doesn’t agree with what they say.

In other words, people with AS have mental health problems just like people without AS, and ought to have access to the same sorts of help. We also recognize, however, that workers in mental health services need to learn how to work with people who process information in the way that people with autism do. In the remainder of this chapter, we look at how characteristics of someone with AS might affect the process of both problem focused and solution focused therapy. So what help is available? People with AS of course have mental health needs, and according to research appear much more likely to suffer mental health problems than their non-autistic peers (Deudney 2004; Ghaziuddin 2005).

What they need in place of this theoretical knowledge is a genuine belief that the person with AS already has strengths and skills, knows where they want to get to, and that these two things can be effectively matched up. Instead of already knowing how to fix things, the worker will be skilled at helping the person imagine the future they want, plus noticing the details of what will be different when that future is attained. It is lovely, as sometimes happens, when the therapist and client jointly notice that little bits of the preferred future are already happening.

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