This is the first book on the psychoanalytic treatment of children, young people and adults with Asperger’s syndrome. It includes multidisciplinary contributions on psychiatric perspectives and psychological theories of the condition. There is an overview of relevant psychoanalytic theory, and chapters on Asperger’s original paper, on firstperson accounts, on assessment and on care in the community. Clinical case histories of children, young people and the first published account of work with adults provide the possibility of using psychoanalytic work as a means of diagnostically differentiating between sub-groups, as well as providing a detailed insight into the emotional experience of people with Asperger’s syndrome.
Series Editor’s Preface -- Preface -- Introduction -- This is Asperger’s Syndrome -- Asperger’s syndrome and Autism: distinct syndromes with important similarities -- A psychological perspective on theories of Asperger’s syndrome -- A child psychotherapist’s commentary on Hans Asperger’s 1944 paper, “‘Autistic Psychopathy’ in Childhood” -- What does it feel like? Two first-person accounts by adults with Asperger’s syndrome -- Finding the bridge: psychoanalytic work with Asperger’s syndrome adults -- Is this Asperger’s Syndrome? Issues of Assessment -- Issues in assessment: Asperger’s syndrome and personality -- A matter of life and death: bodily integrity and psychic survival -- Clinical Case Histories -- Sleeping beauty: the development of psychic strength, love, and imagination in a 4-year-old girl -- Out of the nightmare: the treatment of a 5-year-old girl with Asperger’s syndrome -- Hiding and learning to seek: becoming a somebody -- The lure of a mad world: supporting a 10-year-old boy’s capacity for ordinary contact -- “I need my scripts”: A boy with Asperger’s syndrome entering adolescence -- On becoming of consequence -- Psychotherapy and community care -- Endpiece