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Friday, January 29th 2016

Book Launch: Asperger's Children: Psychodynamics, Aetiology, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Robin Holloway
presented by Caversham Booksellers, Karnac Books and Stylus Publishing

Please join us Friday, January 29th, 2016, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in celebrating the release of Asperger's Children: Psychodynamics, Aetiology, Diagnosis, and Treatment

The DSM-5 (2013) classifies all autism-related disorders, including Asperger's, under the heading "autism spectrum disorder." This book argues that this lumping together is unhelpful for clinicians. Instead, finer diagnostic distinctions are helpful to clinicians who treat children with Asperger's.

This book spells out in detail the psychodynamics the author has repeatedly uncovered in Asperger's children, adolescents, and adults, and explores the central factors in the aetiology of Asperger's Disorder. There is a section suggesting how Asperger's can be adequately diagnosed from "the outside" (using external descriptive features) and more importantly from "the inside" (based on internal psychodynamic processes). Finally, there is a section outlining psychodynamic treatment approaches to Asperger's children, based on their psychodynamics and on which type of Asperger's is present.

The book includes numerous case illustrations to help the reader appreciate the central psychodynamics that are regularly observed in Asperger's children, namely splitting of the self into victim and bully aspects, and projective identification into remote objects. On the basis of their psychodynamics, and especially which aspect of their split self is predominant, three different types of Asperger's are outlined which require different treatment approaches.

'This is a very important book. It addresses all of the big issues concerning the treatment, diagnosis and aetiology of these children's condition, and it does so with great and encyclopaedic scholarship, profundity, and clinical wisdom. It is brilliant, but it is also a fascinating read.'
- Anne Alvarez, PhD, MACP, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist; retired co-chair, Autism Service, Tavistock Clinic, London

Robin Holloway provides psychoanalytic psychotherapy to children and adolescents. He is a graduate of CICAPP (the Canadian Institute for Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy) where he is a supervisor and a teacher. He worked in a public hospital and participated in weekly diagnostic intake meetings for children with autism spectrum disorders. He is now in private practice at the Willow Centre in Toronto, where, he has continued to treat high-functioning autistic children and those with Asperger's Disorder. Previous publications include an article dealing with high-functioning autism.

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