Counselling People on the Autism Spectrum

A Practical Manual

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Author: Katherine Paxton,Irene Estay

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 9781846426278

Category: Education

Page: 208

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The characteristics of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) present unique challenges, not only to people themselves affected, but also to counselling professionals. This manual provides counselling techniques that work not only for professionals, but also for individuals either coping with being on the spectrum themselves, or living with someone who has an ASD. Regardless of intellectual and linguistic ability, people on the autism spectrum often have significant impairments in emotional expression, regulation, and recognition, and they are known to have higher rates of depression and anxiety than the general population. This comprehensive book shows how to develop the tools necessary to help people on the spectrum cope with their emotions, anxieties, and confusion about the often overwhelming world that surrounds them. Illustrated with useful case studies, it covers a range situations where counselling may be helpful for individuals with ASD, both children and adults, families where a member is on the spectrum, and couples where a partner has ASD. It also addresses specific issues, including depression, anxiety, emotional regulation, social skills, and stress, with effective strategies for dealing with each issue. As well as being indispensable for counsellors, this book provides valuable information and advice for anyone working with people and families affected by ASDs.

Art Therapy with Children on the Autistic Spectrum

Beyond Words

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Author: Kathy Evans,Janek Dubowski

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 1853028258

Category: Psychology

Page: 111

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Art Therapy with Children on the Autistic Spectrum presents a new model of practice, which primarily focuses on communication difficulties. The authors describe how negative behaviours and subsequent tension may be alleviated when the autistic child is involved in interactive art making with the therapist.

A Self-determined Future with Asperger Syndrome

Solution Focused Approaches

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Author: E. Veronica Bliss,Genevieve Edmonds

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 1843105136

Category: Psychology

Page: 160

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Examines Asperger's from the perspective of the social model rather than the medical model. It is based on a 'solution focused' approach, which looks at the expertise of the autistic individual and how the skills and coping strategies they have will help them reach their preferred future.

Integrative Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Autism Spectrum Conditions

Working with Hearts of Glass

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Author: David Moat

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 0857007505

Category: Psychology

Page: 160

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People on the autism spectrum often present with symptoms indicating poor self-awareness or hyper-awareness, low self-esteem, depression and difficulty connecting with others. Treatment which relies on medical and behavioural views of autism risks ignoring emotional factors. This book demonstrates that counselling and emotional support is not only possible for people on the autism spectrum, but essential. David Moat describes the impact of autism on emotional perception and regulation, and looks at how various therapeutic principles can helpfully be applied to address these issues. He identifies strategies for dealing with common emotional difficulties, including anxiety, anger and depression, as well as techniques for aiding relaxation. Specific approaches to use as part of holistic care are described, including play therapy, the use of imagery and story-making, hypnotherapy, intensive interaction, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and positive psychology. This is essential reading for all those working therapeutically with people on the autism spectrum, including counsellors, therapists and psychologists, as well as parents.

Contemplative Therapy for Clients on the Autism Spectrum

A Reflective Integration TherapyTM Manual for Psychotherapists and Counsellors

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Author: Rachael Lee Harris

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 1784507687

Category: Psychology

Page: 184

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Drawing on the ancient tradition of contemplation, Reflective Integration TherapyTM shows how mantra meditation and reflective therapy can be used with clients with high functioning autism. The Reflective Integration TherapyTM programme uses the cognitive differences in those with autism, such as their innate capacity for silence, withdrawal, intense focus and repetition as sources of therapeutic healing. This manual introduces this fresh, unique therapeutic approach, creating an essential resource for all practitioners working in the field of autism. All the material for twelve weekly sessions of therapy is included within the book.

Autism Spectrum Disorders Through the Life Span

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Author: Digby Tantam

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 1849053448

Category: Psychology

Page: 550

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This book contains the latest research on assessment, diagnosis, treatment, intervention and support of individuals with ASD, and examines their implications at various stages of life. A wide range of neurological, genetic, psychological, developmental, social, and emotional issues are covered.

Autism and Spirituality

Psyche, Self and Spirit in People on the Autism Spectrum

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Author: Olga Bogdashina

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 085700591X

Category: Psychology

Page: 272

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Olga Bogdashina argues persuasively that, contrary to popular belief, spirituality plays a vital role in the lives of many people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Drawing on interdisciplinary research from fields as diverse as psychology, philosophy, anthropology, linguistics, neuroscience and religion, as well as first-hand experiences of people on the spectrum, she shows how people with ASD experience their inner worlds and sense of self, and how this shapes the spiritual dimension of their lives and vice versa. She presents a coherent framework for understanding the routes of spiritual development and 'spiritual giftedness' within this group, offering insights that will inform understanding of how to support and nurture spiritual wellbeing in people with ASDs. This book gives a voice to both verbal and non-verbal individuals on the autism spectrum whose spiritual experiences, though often unconventional, are meaningful and profound. It is essential reading for all those interested in the spiritual wellbeing of this group, including pastoral carers and counsellors, ministers of religion, spiritual leaders, parents and carers and individuals on the autism spectrum.

Access and Inclusion for Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders

'Let Me In'

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Author: Christine Breakey,Matthew Hesmondhalgh

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 1846422965

Category: Psychology

Page: 256

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Based on pioneering work at their school in Sheffield, the authors of this book explore the universal issues of access and inclusion in employment and education for children and young people with autism or Asperger's Syndrome. They describe the challenges they faced in establishing and running an Integrated Resource for these children within a mainstream secondary school. The twenty-four pupils at The Resource participate in the regular school curriculum, but also learn a wide range of additional life skills. These include road safety, work-place skills and using public transport as well as expressing feelings, making choices and learning from experience. One innovative area of work at The Resource is the work placement scheme which has given pupils the opportunity to work with local companies including a supermarket and an insurance firm. In addition to this, The Resource has established a partnership with a further education college to enable their pupils to gain further support after they leave school. These projects demonstrate the encouraging possibilities in employment and the wider world for young people on the autistic spectrum. The experiences of these special pupils and their peers and teachers provide lessons as well as messages of hope and understanding for parents and professionals within the field of autism. The authors make useful, practical suggestions for access and inclusion, showing how those with autism or Asperger's Syndrome can participate fully in the world of work and the community.

I Am Special

Introducing Children and Young People to Their Autistic Spectrum Disorder

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Author: Peter Vermeulen

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 1853029165

Category: Medical

Page: 78

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This workbook is designed for a child to work through with an adult. Unlike other books, its content and layout are devised for children who read, think and process information differently. The first part is a theoretical introduction. The second part is a series of worksheets through which the child creates a unique book about themselves.

Providing Practical Support for People with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Supported Living in the Community

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Author: Denise Edwards

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 9781846427879

Category: Psychology

Page: 192

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One element at the heart of effective service provision is an understanding of the service user's needs. This book unravels some of the common misunderstandings between people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and providers of support services, and offers practical advice on how to ensure that the needs of people with ASD are catered for effectively. Denise Edwards writes directly from her own experiences of finding appropriate support for her adopted son, John Paul, who has Asperger's syndrome, but also draws on the experiences of a broad range of service users. She emphasises the importance of understanding and conveying the nature of ASD so that support services can meet a person's needs effectively. She discusses common areas in which difficulties arise, including communication, social situations and the organisation of information, examines the implications of support in wider society - education, employment, the legal system - and makes practical suggestions for changes that can improve access to benefits and services for people with ASD. Informative and down-to-earth, this book is essential reading for the providers of services for people with ASD for service users themselves as well as formal or informal carers, friends, family, related professionals and policy makers.