Growing Up with Autism
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©2007. Edited by Robin L. Gabriels, PsyD, and Dina E. Hill, Ph.D. Written primarily for clinicians, educators, therapists, and other professionals, this important work focuses on older children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who experience unique developmental challenges as they approach puberty and young adulthood. According to the editors, this research-based handbook presents a multisystemic therapy model derived from family systems theory, and the contributing authors provide key information and practical intervention strategies that incorporate the essential connections between the individual, the family, and the community. Part one of the book addresses the individual with ASD, and chapters include: understanding behavioral and emotional issues; medical health assessment and treatment concerns; sexuality and autism, including individual, family and community perspectives and interventions; communication and language challenges in lower functioning school-age children; sensory processing disorders; and using assistive technology to help reduce social impairments. Part two focuses on the families and caregivers of individuals with ASD, and topics include: advocating for services, including legal issues for parents and guardians; family resources during the school-age years; and family vacations and leisure time, including considerations and accommodations. Part three of the book targets the community aspects of intervention, and the final chapters include: successful school transitions and educational placement; translating early intervention into positive outcomes; school consultation and interventions for middle and high school students; and criminal justice issues. Each chapter provides an overview of the subject matter, examples of related research, issues of concern, perspectives and interventions, and the authors' conclusion. The book examines a broad range of significant and pivotal issues, and the authors also address the realities of enduring impairment. Parents and caregivers will also find practical and constructive information in this volume. (Hardcover; 302 pages.)
©2007-2008. Autism Society of North Carolina.