Should You Explain the Diagnosis?

by Tony Attwood, Ph.D. author of the bestselling book, Asperger Syndrome, has written this essay which applies to AS or High Functioning Autism. It covers the whys, when, and hows of explaining the diagnosis with emphasis on the strengths of the individual. Dr. Attwood is a member of AHA’s Advisory Board.

Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT) – PDF

by Valerie Gaus, Ph.D., author of Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Adult Asperger Syndrome. With the recent growth in awareness of autism spectrum disorders, there are increasing numbers of adults with Asperger syndrome (AS) and High-Functioning Autism (HFA) seeking diagnosis and help for their problems in daily living. Psychotherapists who work to meet the needs of this expanding patient population may find guidance in the literature on cognitive-behavior therapy. As outlined in this article, there is evidence that these approaches can be useful in helping these adults find relief from their daily stress while also capitalizing on their strengths. Dr. Gaus is a member of AHA’s Advisory Board.

Principles for Prosecutors Considering Child Pornography Charges Against Persons with Asperger’s Syndrome – Revised 10/3/17

This position paper was prepared for the Asperger/Autism Network through a project sponsored by Ami Klin, PhD, Fred Volkmar, MD, and several Autism research and support organizations, including the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association (AHA). Among the difficulties faced by young persons with Aspergers’ Syndrome (AS) and their families is the misinterpretation of the atypical behavior of the AS patient as dangerous and criminal. AS, defined in the DSM-IV, is an “Autism Spectrum Disorder” (ASD) typified by extreme social and emotional immaturity, the inability to “read” others or respond appropriately in social settings, lack of intuitive awareness of social/moral/legal constraints, and intense and narrowly directed repetitive activities. These features combine to create a risk of engaging in behavior offensive toward others but with no offensive purpose. Accessing child pornography is not known to be a frequent behavior of young persons with AS, but enough cases have arisen to demonstrate the need for prosecutors to inform themselves of the condition and adopt a policy of restraint in the investigation and prosecution of such cases.

What Does A Student With Asperger Syndrome Need In A School Program? – PDF

by Lynda Geller, Ph.D. Least restrictive placement is an educational term that means that we want to provide students with the proper level of support for success without placing them in unnecessarily restrictive environments. Dr. Geller is a member of AHA’s Advisory Board, and Director of Spectrum Services, a cooperative of independent practices and organizations which have located together for the benefit and convenience of clients. See

College Coaching: What It Is and How It Works – PDF

by Grace Barrett-Snyder, college student, as well as writer and artistic design contributor for AHA. This article was published in AHA’s print publication, On The Spectrum, Fall 2013 issue. It is a first-hand account from a college student with ASD on the benefits of college coaching.

How Do I Explain My Decision To Use Science-Based Treatments For Autism When Friends And Relatives Insist I Try Something – PDF

by David Celiberti, Ph.D., BCBA-D and Pamela F. Colosimo, Ph.D. of the Association for Science in Autism Treatment. This article is an essential read for all; families, professionals – seasoned and new to the field, and all interested in the spectrum.

One-on-One Play Dates – PDF

by Marsha Parrish, the mother of a 9 year old with Asperger Syndrome. It was originally printed by Aspen of New Jersey and then used in the booklet given out at Common Connections which AHA cosponsored. These tips for helping your child make friends are well thought out and very helpful.

Talking To A Family Member About Your Concerns About Their Child – PDF

by Peggy Halliday, M.Ed., BCBA (Virginia Institute of Autism) and David Celiberti, Ph.D., BCBA-D (Association for Science in Autism Treatment). This article answers a grandparent’s question: I am concerned that my grandson may have signs of autism, but I am uncomfortable bringing this up with my son and daughter-in-law. Do you have any suggestions about how best to approach them?