Business for Aspies.

Author:Thompson, Joseph
Position:Book review

Ashley Stanford (author); BUSINESS FOR ASPIES; Jessica Kingsley Publishers (Nonfiction: Self-Help) $19.95 ISBN: 9781849058452

Byline: Joseph Thompson

For many people, the corporate office is a weird extension of high school. It is a setting where social professional norms blend as coworkers politic and backstab their way to the top. Smiles, nods, small talk and handshakes are expected, but must follow the guidelines of an unwritten code. For people living with Asperger Syndrome, self-appellatively known as Aspies, these interactions can be terrifying. Their defensive responses, everything from zoning out to various tics and gestures, make it difficult for bosses, coworkers, and even the Aspies themselves to see the strengths they bring to a job.

Using the DSM-IV's structure as her guide, Ashley Stanford explores each aspect of the syndrome within the contexts of business relationships and job productivity in her new book, Business for Aspies: 42 Best Practices for Using Asperger Syndrome Traits at Work Successfully. The result is a well-written resource that shifts the focus of Asperger Syndrome in the office environment from a liability to an asset.

While Stanford does not have Asperger Syndrome herself, she does have an intimate understanding of it. In her 2002 book, Asperger Syndrome and Long-Term Relationships, she supplemented her research with her own experiences with her husband. He and two of her sons live with Asperger diagnoses.

The identifying characteristics of Asperger Syndrome cover four basic categories...

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