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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, DO, MA (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is an important new book from the United Kingdom on the current services and theory regarding adults afflicted with autism.
Purpose: The purpose of the book is to fill a gap in the literature, because most of the information on autism covers children. There is a paucity of literature on research and practice with adults. The editor hopes this publication will contribute to the evolving dialogue specifically relating theory and practice with adults with autism.
Audience: The book is intended for those concerned with the care and well-being of adults with autism, including parents, researchers, practitioners, and community case workers.
Features: The book features 290 pages divided into five sections. The first three chapters review service design from an international perspective. Chapter 4 reviews "inflexible behaviors" in autistic adults. Chapter 5 describes behaviors associated with attachment and loss. Chapter 6 summarizes the literature on the significance of age, status and gender. Chapters 7 and 8 are on employment and educational opportunities (mainly in the U.K.) for autistic adults. The final chapter presents a model for practitioner training. Each chapter contains helpful illustrative vignettes. Also, there is a useful index at the end of the book.
Assessment: This new book from the United Kingdom is a welcome contribution to the field. Anyone that cares for adults with autism would find this book an asset. I highly recommend it.