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An Interview with Timothy Kowalski on Asperger's Disorder

David Van Nuys, Ph.D.

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Tim Kowalski.Mr. Kowalski discusses his work as a speech pathologist working with Asperger's Disordered patients. Asperger's Disorder is a pervasive developmental disorder of childhood characterized by communication and social deficits. It is often thought of as identical to high functioning Autism (another, more severe disorder), but Kowalski differentiates the two disorders on the basis of social desire (Autistic individuals lacking the desire and skills to socialize, vs. Asperger's individuals having the desire to socialize but lacking the skills). The pattern of social and emotional deficits characteristic of Asperger's is described, as are ways that these deficits are measured and assessed, and ways that compensatory coping stratagies can be taught.

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About Tim Kowalski, M.A.,C.C.C.-SLP

Tim Kowalski.

Timothy P. Kowalski, M.A.,C.C.C.-SLP, is a licensed speech-language pathologist and nationally known expert on Asperger's Syndrome and high-functioning Autism. Currently, he is a consultant to private and public schools and provides diagnostic, therapeutic, and consultative services to children and adolescents with psychiatric and behavioral disorders in his office. Mr. Kowalski has worked in a variety of settings, including home health, nursing homes, hospitals and schools. He obtained his Master's degree in Speech Communications from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and earned his Bachelor's degree in Communications Disorders from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut. Mr. Kowalski is the author of The Source for Asperger's Syndrome, a practical resource for anyone working with this population. He is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Council for Exceptional Children and the Autism Society of America. Mr. Kowalski is also the recipient of the "TEAMS 2000 Speech-Language Pathologist of the Year" award for his work with Autism in the four-countywide greater Orlando, Florida metropolitan area and has served on the Board of Directors for the Greater Orlando Chapter of the Autism Society of America. He is a noted speaker on Asperger's Syndrome, Autism, and behavioral disorders, presenting on these topics for district-wide school in-services and at professional seminars both nationally and internationally. Mr. Kowalski's experience makes him a skilled and knowledgeable instructor.

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