This accessible and valuable introduction to caring for a child with autism is an ideal resource for teachers and members of a child with autism's immediate and extended family. In clear and simple language, with many illustrations, the authors tackle common problems experienced in everyday routines such as eating, sleeping and going to the toilet, as well as how to cope with aggression and tantrums, preoccupations and compulsions and how to enable better communication and socialising. Based on up-to-date research and using many case examples, the authors consider step-by-step why each problem may be happening and suggest a number of solutions.
Chris Williams is a Consultant Clinical Child Psychologist. Barry Wright is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. Both are practising clinicians and have worked with children with autism spectrum disorders and their families for over ten years. They work alongside a team of other professionals in the NHS in assessment, diagnosis and intervention. They have worked with children and young people from infancy to young adulthood with a wide range of different abilities and severity of autism. They are particularly keen on developing and using a large number and variety of interventions to help people on the autism spectrum to build on their strengths and to support families in the process.
Part 1: Does my child have autism spectrum disorder? 1. First worries. 2. Assessment. 3. Emotional impact on the family. Part 2: How do children with autism view the world? 4. Mindblindness. 5. Getting the gist. 6. Sensory interests and sensetivities. 7. Imagination, time perception, planning and memory. 8. Language. Part 3: How can we help? 9. Managing behaviour. 10. Developing social skills. 11. Developing communication skills. 12. Tantrums, aggression and frustration. 13. Feeding. 14. Toileting. 15. Soiling. 16. Sleeping. 17. Preoccupations. 18. Compulsions, routines and rituals. 19. Mannerisms and repetitive movement. 20. Other Interventions. 21. Final thoughts. References and resources. Index.