Adults with Autism: A Guide to Theory and Practice / Edition 1

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Overview

As many health care professionals will attest, there is a scarcity of literature that specifically addresses autism in adults. This volume sets out to fill this gap by providing practical help and guidance specifically for those caring for the growing recognized population of adults with autism. Throughout the first several chapters, the contributors to this volume probe issues of theory and practice from both local and international perspectives. Subsequent chapters analyze the implications that arise from thought and behavior inflexibility, with emphasis on the management of transition and bereavement. Later chapters explore themes such as models for practice in employment and further education, pharmacological and educational approaches to mental health problems, and epilepsy and challenging behavior. This work concludes with a chapter that develops many themes of this text as the basis for a medical training program. This is an essential guide for all those concerned with the care and well-being of adults with autism, including parents, researchers, practitioners, and community care workers.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: 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.
From the Publisher
'… offers a comprehensive summary of both theory and practice.' Autism

'Practical help and guidance for those caring for adults with autism.' Professional Nurse

Michael J. Schrift
This is an important new book from the United Kingdom on the current services and theory regarding adults afflicted with autism. 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. 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. 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. 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.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521456838
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction H. Morgan; 2. Services to adults with autism: an international perspective H. Morgan; 3. Underpinning philosophy in the provision of services to adults with autism: a critique of global values in relation to specific practice H. Morgan; 4. Evaluating services to adults with autism: the autism quality audit and accreditation scheme H. Morgan, and B. Reynolds; 5. Encouraging flexibility in adults with autism R. Jordan, and S. Powell; 6. Attachment and loss: a focus on transition and bereavement for adults with autism H. Morgan; 7. The significance of age, status and gender to adults with autism E. Matthews; 8. Developing a support model within a further education colledge for adults with autism H. Morgan, G. Edwards, and L. Mason; 9. Developing a support model within employment for adults with autism and Asperger syndrome A. Matthews; 10. Adults with autism: physical health J. Corbett, and G. Wainscott; 11.Psychiatric and behavioural problems and pharmacological treatments D. J. Clarke; 12. Appreciating the style of perception and learning of autism as a basis for anticipating and responding to challenging behaviour from adults with autism H. Morgan; 13. Working with adults with autism in residential settings: a strategy for practitioner training H. Morgan; 14. Epilogue: trends in the service design H. Morgan; Index.

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