Stress and Coping in Autism

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This important volume provides a theoretical framework for the usefulness of the stress construct in understanding and treating autism. Contributions by researchers, clinicians, teachers and persons living with autism illustrate how stress influences the lives of persons with autism; how those touched by autism cope with stress; and how clinicians, teachers and caregivers can reduce the impact of stress in autism.

The authors explore how stress contributes to the physiological, psychological, and overt behavioral manifestations of autism. Narratives by individuals with autism, family members, clinicians, and a musician help the reader to understand in a rich and unique way the role and impact stress can have in the life of people living with autism and also highlight creative coping strategies over a lifetime. Clinicians and educators offer a range of intervention and instructional strategies to reduce stress and to prevent or alleviate anxiety and other disruptive responses inherent in autism. This volume's biological, psychological and social perspectives on stress and autism reflect many modes of inquiry and types of information. Stress, Coping and Autism will be of great help to mental health professionals, researchers and caregivers alike.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195182262
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/16/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Wheaton College

University of Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island

Brown University (Emeritus)

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Table of Contents

I Foundations in stress, coping, and autism 13
1 Assessment and coping strategies 15
2 Scientific foundations for research and practice 42
II The experience of stress in autism 69
3 Stopping the constant stress : a personal account 71
4 Living with autism : a collaboration 82
5 Blind Tom : a celebrated slave pianist coping with the stress of autism 96
III Emerging pathways for the study of stress, coping, and autism 127
6 Is autism a stress disorder? : what studies of nonautistic populations can tell us 129
7 Autism and the physiology of stress and anxiety 183
8 I can't get started : stress and the role of movement differences in people with autism 205
9 Therapist insights in working with stress in people with autism spectrum disorder 246
IV Strategies for coping with stress 275
10 Stress and coping among family members of individuals with autism 277
11 Communication and stress in students with autism spectrum disorders 302
12 Understanding the role of stress in autism : the key to teaching for independence 324
13 Asperger's syndrome and problems related to stress 351
14 The experience of bereavement for those with developmental disabilities 371
15 Diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders in individuals with autism spectrum disorder 388
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