Asperger’s Syndrome expertise from ‘Down Under’

08/21/2012  |  BY KIM FRITSCHEN
Special Needs

Dr. Tony Attwood, from Brisbane, Australia, is a practicing clinical psychologist with over 30 years of experience. He has worked with thousands of children and adults with Asperger’s syndrome, an extension of the autism spectrum. He has traveled the world bringing his knowledge and insight to parents, teachers, therapists, and counselors. As an expert on the subject, he has produced valuable resources that provide insight into a disorder that is multi-faceted and impacts every person in a unique way. Asperger’s syndrome is also referred to as high functioning autism. Dr. Attwood’s years of study in this field have led to groundbreaking practices.

As a renowned international author, Dr. Attwood is revered for his publications on Asperger’s syndrome and for the Cognitive Affective Training program he developed in cooperation with Dr. Kirsten Callesen and Dr. Annette Moller Nielsen of Denmark. It is highly respected by educators and therapists for its effectiveness in teaching social skills, emotions, communication, and perspective taking. The CAT-kit offers an easy, hands-on way for those on the spectrum to communicate with adults and each other.

What is Asperger’s Syndrome?

Twenty years ago hardly anyone had heard of the term, yet today almost every school seems to have a child with this syndrome or on the autism spectrum. Yet the first definition of such children was published 50 years ago by Hans Asperger, a Viennese pediatrician. He identified a consistent pattern of abilities and behaviors that predominantly occurred in boys. The pattern included a lack of empathy, little ability to form friendships, one-sided conversations, intense absorption in a special interest and clumsy movements. However, his pioneering work did not achieve international recognition until the 1990s. Until recently, parents and teachers may have realized the child was unusual but had no idea why, nor knew where to go for help.

Dr. Attwood’s publications, along with articles published in magazines everywhere, include “Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals,” “Asperger’s and Girls,” “The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome,” and “Exploring Feelings — Cognitive Behavior Therapy to Manage Anger and Anxiety.”

Dr. Attwood presents annually at conferences held by Future Horizons, world leader on publications for Autism, Asperger’s syndrome and Sensory Processing Disorder. He will be the speaker in Atlanta, Georgia on October 19th, presenting on Asperger’s syndrome for parents and professionals.

In addition to his world-wide presentations, Dr. Attwood also conducts clinics in Australia, New Zealand, England, and India. Therapists and doctors come from around the world to sit in on his clinics to learn his techniques and bring them back to their practices.

Kim Fritschen is the Advertising/Marketing Coordinator for Future Horizons Inc (FHI) and the Account Manager for FHI European Distributor. For more information, please visit
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