From childhood services to adult provision, the needs of an individual develop and change, yet the literature addressing specific adult requirements is scarce. This volume sets out to fill this gap and provides practical help and guidance specifically for those caring for the growing recognised population of adults with autism. Issues of theory and practice from both local and international perspectives are included. Subsequent chapters analyse the implications arising from thought and behaviour inflexibility with emphasis on the management of transition and bereavement. Models for practice in employment and further education and also pharmacological and educational approaches to mental health problems, epilepsy and challenging behaviour are concluded by a chapter which develops many themes of this publication as the basis for a practitioner training programme in residential settings. 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.
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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