2nd Edition

Recognising Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome A Practical Guide to Adult Diagnosis and Beyond

By Trevor Powell Copyright 2021
    262 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    262 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Recognising Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome is an accessible guide, offering information and guidance, self-help and coping strategies and illustrated throughout with personal quotes, vignettes and anecdotes from clients with autism with whom the author has worked clinically.

    The book captures the individual stories, quotations and experiences, observed in adult autism diagnostic services, woven in with contemporary research, theory and clinical insights. It outlines the history of the condition and the present criteria for obtaining a diagnosis. With exercises, tips, questionnaires, psycho-educational work and advice sheets, this new edition also elucidates the female presentation of autism that has attained significance in the recent times.

    The book is deliberately aimed at a broad audience of people: those who have just received a diagnosis and want to know more, those who are considering seeking a diagnosis, family members, relatives, friends and clinicians, including mental health workers, psychologists, support workers and all those who work with autistic people.

    Chapter 1 Considering a diagnosis of Autism; Chapter 2 Theory and facts about autism; Chapter 3 The Diagnostic Assessment; Chapter 4 Diagnosis - in my own words; Chapter 5 Processing information: cognition, language and sensory issues; Chapter 6 Emotions and the social and relational world; Chapter 7 Mental health and related issues; Chapter 8 Work; Chapter 9 After diagnosis: reactions, disclosure, stages and advice


    Trevor Powell is an experienced clinical psychologist and author, who has spent the last 40 years, mainly working in the NHS, in the fields of mental health, neuropsychology and more recently, with adults with autism/Asperger’s syndrome. His previous books include The Mental Health Handbook and The Brain Injury Workbook.

    'A perfect balance of theory and lived experience, this book is a great starting point for those seeking a better understanding about autism. Although it is primarily discussing autistic adults, I think it is a valuable book for those teaching autistic children, to read. All of our children eventually turn into adults - it is so important for those in education to listen to autistic adult's experiences so we can better support the new generation.' - Lucy Brookes

    'This book covers a broad range of topics which have been brought to life through the unique collaboration of autistic people.
    It gives the reader excellent practical resources to support autistic adults. Its chapter on mental health and identifying the similarities and differences is particularly useful in addition to the book highlighting the shortfalls of current assessment tools and the need of a clinician to use their clinical judgement.
    This is a really useful, well thought out book which provides an overview of number of topics with useful information and guidance but also highlights the positives of autism.' - Dr Sonia Anderson, Clinical Lead for Autism Service