Behavioural Concerns and Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Explorations and Strategies for Change

Behavioural Concerns and Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Explorations and Strategies for Change

Behavioural Concerns and Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Explorations and Strategies for Change

Behavioural Concerns and Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Explorations and Strategies for Change

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"Behavioural Concerns and Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Explanations and Strategies for Change is a practical and comprehensive account of how people who attract autism labels can come to behave in ways that give rise to serious concerns in other people and, sometimes, themselves. The authors identify the range of needs that may be expressed through behaviours that cause concern and provide strategies for addressing both needs and behaviours. These strategies are based on extensive research and on the authors' own clinical experience. Each aspect of need is analysed in detail. General principles for dealing with these needs are presented, and in each case a 'tips and hints' section offers more specific help on possible solutions." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

This book is about how people who attract autism labels can come to behave in ways that give rise to serious concerns in other people and, sometimes, themselves. It is about how to understand these behaviours and how to offer supports that enable the individual to move on from functioning in this way.

The book is written from the perspective of British trained clinical psychologists who are career specialists in the field of developmental disabilities. Our working lives focus upon people who engage in seriously worrying behaviours. Whilst we are involved with people who carry all sorts of labels, we have developed over the years a particular interest around our work for people who acquire one of the autism labels. Although we are psychologists, we are not 'therapists' in the traditional sense. It is our firm belief that everyday life is the real arena of change. If we have any useful role to play it is to develop in those involved in the everyday life of people with autism understandings and practices that will address the needs involved in 'spectacular' behaviours. It is the little and not so little things, done day in and day out, that make the difference.

This book is therefore addressed to those who support people with autism on a day-to-day basis. It is addressed to families, friends, teachers, residential staff of all kinds, voluntary supporters – whoever is there for the person over time. If other professionals and students find the book helpful that is a welcome bonus.

The ideas contained in this book are derived from many sources. We are firm believers in research and therefore some of our ideas come from the burgeoning literature in this field. We have, however, tremendous respect for the families and paid practitioners with whom we have worked over the years – we have learned a lot from them and have incorporated this learning into the book. It is important to stress that whilst we are developing a better understanding of people who get identified as autistic, there is still much that we do not understand. Thus . . .

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