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Tony Attwood

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Tony Attwood
Born (1952-02-09) February 9, 1952 (age 65)
Occupation Psychologist Edit this on Wikidata
Scientific career
Fields Asperger syndrome
Thesis Gestures of autistic children (1983)
Doctoral advisor Uta Frith

Anthony John Attwood (born 9 February 1952 in Birmingham, England) is an English psychologist who lives in Queensland, Australia and is an author of numerous books and resource papers on Asperger's Syndrome.[1][2][3]


He received an honours degree in psychology from the University of Hull, an M.A. in clinical psychology from the University of Surrey, and a Ph.D. from University College London[4] supervised by Uta Frith.

Research and career

His books include Asperger's Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals, which has been translated into 20 languages and provides information on diagnosis, problems of social relations, sensory issues, motor control and other typical issues which face people with Asperger's and their support networks.[5] His other books include The Complete Guide to Aspergers Syndrome, Exploring Feelings for Young Children with High-Functioning Autism or Aspergers Disorder, From Like to Love for Young People with Aspergers Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder): Learning How to Express and Enjoy Affection with Family and Friends.

Attwood is also featured in a number of videos on YouTube,[citation needed] [6] [7] [8] [9] in which he speaks on various aspects of Aspergers.

Attwood has a clinical practice at his diagnostic and treatment clinic for children and adults with Asperger’s Syndrome, in Brisbane, begun in 1992.


Selected recent papers

  • Sofronoff K, Attwood T, Hinton S, Levin I. "A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Cognitive Behavioural Intervention for Anger Management in Children Diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome." Autism Dev Disord. 2006 Nov 3. PMID 17082978
  • Sofronoff K, Attwood T, Hinton S. "A randomised controlled trial of a CBT intervention for anxiety in children with Asperger syndrome. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2005 Nov;46(11):1152-60. PMID 16238662
  • Attwood T. "Frameworks for behavioral interventions." Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2003 Jan;12(1):65-86. doi:10.1016/S1056-4993(02)00054-8 PMID 12512399 (A review article)
  • Foreword and Afterword for Lucy Blackman's autobiographic account Lucy's Story: Autism and Other Adventures (2001)


  1. ^ Tony Attwood's web site. Includes autobiographical information (requires Java).
  2. ^ "About Asperger's" by Stephen Fay, Ellsworth (Maine) American, 29 July 2004, retrieved 23 December 2005.
  3. ^ "Workshop for Partners of People with Asperger's Syndrome" Archived February 24, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. by Tony Attwood, 2 May 2000, retrieved 12 January 2006.
  4. ^ Attwood, Anthony John. (1983). Gestures of autistic children. (PhD thesis). University College London (University of London). OCLC 50675342. 
  5. ^ "Meet Tony Attwood" (PDF). Autism Asperger's Digest Magazine. Future Horizons, Inc. March–April 2007. pp. 30–31. Retrieved 17 October 2013. [dead link]
  6. ^ Could It Be Aspergers? Generation Next Talk
  7. ^ Job Searching on the Autism Spectrum Epic Assist interview
  8. ^ "Ask Dr. Tony" October 2011 - Catastrophizing emotions, Discovering your Asperger's later in life autismhangout (dotcom) interview
  9. ^ "Ask Dr. Tony" October 2011 - Aspergers/NT Marriages, Genetics of ASD autismhangout (dotcom) interview