Understanding and Treating Self-Injurious Behavior in Autism: A Multi-Disciplinary Perspective

Understanding and Treating Self-Injurious Behavior in Autism: A Multi-Disciplinary Perspective

By: Stephen M. Edelson (editor), Jane Johnson (editor), Jane Botsford Johnson (editor), Anne Van Rensselaer (editor), Coleman Coleman (contributor), Lucy Jane Miller (contributor), Paul Millard Hardy (contributor), V. Mark Durand (contributor), Margaret L. Bauman (contributor), Groden Groden (contributor)Paperback

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Self-injurious behavior occurs in almost half of those with autism and is one of the most devastating and challenging-to-treat behaviors. There are many different forms of self-injury, such as head banging, hand biting, hair pulling, excessive scratching, and much more. With contributions from the leading experts in research and treatment, the book provides a comprehensive analysis of self-injurious behavior (SIB) in people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or related developmental disabilities, and the different methods available to treat them. Medical and behavioral researchers have studied SIB for over 50 years, but many practitioners and parents are still unfamiliar with the wide range of contributing causes and treatment options. Beginning with an explanation of SIB and its various forms, the contributors outline the many possible underlying causes of self-injury, such as seizures, hormonal imbalance in teenagers, gastrointestinal conditions, allergies, and stress, and show how a multi-disciplinary approach when uncovering the causes of self-injury can lead to successful treatment strategies. They explain the treatment options available for SIB, including nutritional, medical, psychiatric, sensory, and behavioral approaches, and show how an integrative approach to treating self-injury may be effective for many individuals. The book will be an invaluable addition to the bookshelves of any practitioner working with people with an ASD or related condition, as well as parents and direct care providers.

About Author

June Groden Ph.D. has been Director of the Groden Center, an educational and treatment facility for children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities in Providence, Rhode Island, since 1976. Dr. Groden is an adjunct professor at Salve Regina and the University of Rhode Island and is on the Panel of Professional Advisors of the Autism Society of America. She has written many books, chapters and journal articles on autism, and is well known for her work in stress and anxiety in the population with autism. Kelly McCracken Barnhill is Clinical Nutritionist and Director of Clinical Care at The Johnson Center for Child Health and Development. She has over a decade of experience working with nutrition in children with autism and related disorders and is Nutrition Director for the Autism Research Institute. Her son acquired post-viral dysautonomia at the age of 12. She is based in Austin, Texas. Cooper R. Woodard Ph.D. is Director of Clinical Services and Training at the Groden Center, a visiting professor at the University of Rhode Island, a visiting professor at Wheaton College, Norton, MA, and a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst.


1. Self-Injurious Behavior: A Multi-Causal, Challenging-to-Treat Set of Behaviors. Stephen M. Edelson, Autism Research Institute, United States. 2. Targeted Medical Therapies and Self-Injury. Mary Coleman, Foundation for Autism Research, United States. 3. Self-Injurious Behavior and Aggressive Behaviors in Autism: Looking Below the Surface. Margaret L. Bauman, Boston University School of Medicine, United States. 4. Self-Injurious Behavior, Aggression and Epilepsy in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Manuel F. Casanova and Emily Casanova, University of South Carolina, Greenville, United States. 5. A Neuropsychiatric Model for Evaluating and Treating Self-Injurious Behavior in Autism. Paul Millard Hardy, Autism Research Institute, United States. 6. Examining the Impact of Medication Side Effects on Problem Behavior. Jamie D. Bleiweiss, Hunter College, United States. 7. Self-Injurious Behaviors in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Impact of Allergic Diseases. Harumi Jyonouchi, Saint Peter's University Hospital (NJ), United States. 8. Medical and Nutritional Approaches to Treating Self-Injurious Behavior and Aggression in Autism Spectrum Disorders: 15 Case Studies. John Green, Evergreen Center (OR), United States and Nancy O'Hara, Center for Integrative Health (CT), United States. 9. Dietary and Nutrition Intervention to Address Self-Injurious Behavior in Autism: Thoughts from 5 Years of Clinical Care. Kelly M. Barnhill, The Johnson Center for Child Health and Development (TX), United States. 10. Sensory Processing Disorder and Self-Injurious Behaviors. Lucy Jane Miller and Karen Misher, Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation, United States. 11. Assessment and Intervention for Self-Injurious Behavior Using Positive Behavior Support. Lauren J. Moskowitz, St. John's University, United States, Caitlin E. Walsh, University of Colorado School of Medicine, United States and V. Mark Durand, University of South Florida St. Petersburg, United States. 12. Using Functional Communication Training to Treat Self-Injurious Behavior. V. Mark Durand, University of South Florida St. Petersburg, United States, and Lauren J. Moskowitz, St. John's University, United States. 13. Assessment and Intervention for Self-Injurious Behavior Related to Anxiety. Lauren J. Moskowitz and Alexis B. Ritter, St. John's University, United States. 14. A Stress-Reduction Approach to Addressing Self-Injurious Behavior in Individuals with Autism. June Groden, Leslie Weidenman, and Cooper R. Woodard, The Groden Centre (RI), United States.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781849057417
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 304
  • ID: 9781849057417
  • weight: 542
  • ISBN10: 1849057419

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