Synopses & Reviews
Therapists play a crucial role in helping children and their families as they navigate the often stormy course of living with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). As cases of autism are increasingly diagnosed, the number of therapists with specialized training cannot keep pace. What is the clinician without prior experience with this disability to do when considering working with a child on the autism spectrum? This "start here" book--a practical beginner's guide to ASD for therapists--provides the answer. Without getting bogged down in the complexity of the disorder or attempting to turn practitioners into autism specialists, it points therapists--novices and seasoned alike--in the right direction so they're better equipped to provide support. Because autism can manifest in so many different ways, no cookie-cutter treatment exists and therapists need to be conversant with the basics, from assessment and treatment approaches to common therapeutic issues that can arise. This book serves as an invaluable road map. is an important therapist's guide representing an all-encompassing approach to working not only with children and their parents, but also with their siblings, family members, and those in the community who are involved in their lives. Ultimately, this book provides a reassuring anchor for any clinician new to treating this disability as well as for those who are seeking alternative approaches to their ongoing work with children diagnosed with ASD.
Kelly and D'Avignon present this guide for the nonspecialisttherapist in working with children on the autism spectrum, approaching it as a disorder of social communication. The firstchapter introduces autism spectrum disorders and screening, with the second chapter discussing differences in development to be expectedbetween autistic and neurotypical children. Initial interviewing of the parents and child is covered in detail, followed by the processof developing a treatment plan. Boundary-setting also receives two chapters, focusing on boundaries with the parents and boundaries withthe child. Finally, working with siblings and having a long-range plan are covered. The chapters include many checklists andassessments, and an extensive collection of appendices provides a suite of sample forms, which are also included on the CD.Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
A practical, hands-on guide for working with children diagnosed with high functioning autism spectrum disorders.
This book is a guide for professionals to support them in charting the course of treatment when working with children and parents dealing with high functioning autism.
The skilled therapist has a crucial role to play in helping these children and their families to navigate what often will be a stormy course. Viewing ASD as a social communicative disorder, this book provides sound background and a discussion of therapeutic interventions. It also offers concrete tools that can be used to determine a "goodness of fit" between therapist and client. Additionally, the resources provided help to define treatment issues more clearly and will assist the therapist in preparing for potentially difficult encounters.Charting the Course
emphasizes an all-encompassing approach to working not only with the children and their parents, but also with their siblings, family members and those in the community who are involved in their lives. Checklists, descriptives, and forms are included in the book, in addition to an accompanying CD, to be used as tools for establishing an effective therapeutic relationship and charting the course of treatment.
The book will provide an anchor for any therapist new to treating this disability as well as for those who are seeking alternative approaches to their ongoing work with this population.
So many patients present with ASDs, where should a therapist begin? With many factors to consider—family of origin, behavioral and psychological issues, basic assessment—establishing therapeutic goals can be overwhelming. This book provides essential forms and explanations for navigating early treatment, emphasizing family engagement.
This book is a guide and support for professionals—particularly those who have not dealt with this issue very much—for working with children and parents dealing with high functioning autism.
The skilled therapist has a crucial role to play in helping these children and their families to navigate what often will be a stormy course. Viewing ASD as a social communicative disorder that responds to specific cognitive behavioral interventions, this book provides not only sound background and information on the use of tried-and-true therapeutic interventions, but also offers concrete tools that can be used in conjunction with therapy to help more clearly define the issues and be prepared for potentially difficult encounters.
It emphasizes an all-encompassing approach to working not only with the children and their parents, but also with their siblings and other family members, as well as others in the community who are involved in the lives of these children. Checklists, descriptives, and forms designed as pull-out sections can be used as homework assignments to be completed and discussed within individual therapy sessions with parents, children, and families alike.
The book will provide an anchor for any therapist facing this issue for the first time in their practice, as well as for those who want a solid foundation to map out a course of treatment.
About the Author
Linda Kelly , PhD, is a school psychologist with the Brookline Public School district and a lecturer in ASD-related topics. She lives in Braintree, Massachusetts. Please visit PDKAutism.org to contact Dr. Kelly.Janice Plunkett D'Avignon, PhD, a clinical psychologist, lectures at Boston College and is in private practice specializing in ASD. She lives in Hingham, Massachusetts. Please visit PDKAutism.org to contact Dr. D'Avignon.