The Jumbled Jigsaw: An Insider's Approach to the Treatment of Autistic Spectrum 'Fruit Salads'

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The Jumbled Jigsaw exposes Autism spectrum conditions not as a single entity, but as the combination of a whole range of often untreated underlying conditions. Exploring everything from mood, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive and tic disorders to dependency, identity and personality issues, information processing, sensory perceptual problems and gut and immune disorders, Donna Williams demonstrates how such common conditions can combine to form a 'cluster condition' that underpins ...
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Overview

The Jumbled Jigsaw exposes Autism spectrum conditions not as a single entity, but as the combination of a whole range of often untreated underlying conditions. Exploring everything from mood, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive and tic disorders to dependency, identity and personality issues, information processing, sensory perceptual problems and gut and immune disorders, Donna Williams demonstrates how such common conditions can combine to form a 'cluster condition' that underpins the label 'Autism Spectrum Disorder'.

The Jumbled Jigsaw empowers and challenges families to look at what they can do to alter their child's environment and address the combination of underlying issues that up the tempo of each person's 'Autism'. It provides carers with the information they need to navigate the expanding Autism 'marketplace' and demand the right tools for the job. Donna also confronts society's reluctance to embrace diversity and puts up a challenge to professionals to recognise the various, often treatable conditions that lead to an Autism spectrum diagnosis, and deliver a more effective service to those in need.

Written in a user-friendly style, this thought-provoking book is an invaluable resource for Auties, Aspies and parents, as well as professionals, policy makers and service providers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843102816
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/15/2006
  • Pages: 396
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 Getting Oriented 7
Introduction 9
Part 2 Into the Depths 21
1 Fuel System and Electrical Problems: Health and Autism 23
2 Different Ways of Navigating the World: The System of Sensing versus Interpretation 39
3 Issues of Overload: Being Mono and Delayed Information Processing 83
4 Experiencing the World Rather Differently: Sensory-Perceptual Issues 119
5 Losing Control of One's Body: Impulse-Control Problems 143
6 Strange Emotional Spaces: Mood-Regulation Problems 159
7 Invisible Cages: Anxiety Issues 186
8 Being Joined at the Hip: Dependency Issues 231
9 Bad Parenting or Bad Match? Boundary Issues 257
10 A Matter of Perspective: Trauma, Neglect, Abuse and Grief 269
11 Who Am I and Which Side Am I On? Identity Issues 293
Part 3 The Fallout 339
12 The Fallout 341
Appendix 1 Sources of Help: Professionals, Places and Services 365
Appendix 2 Autism Spectrum Cluster Checklist 369
Appendix 3 Referral List Based on Checklist 374
References 383
Index 384
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