Practical Guide to Mental Health Problems in Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder: It's Not Just their Autism!

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Khalid Karim, Alvina Ali, Michelle O'Reilly

Practical Guide to Mental Health Problems in Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder
272 pages
2013
ISBN: 9781849053235

Exploring the relationship between ASD and mental health difficulties, this book offers practical guidance to help parents and professionals recognise and handle co-morbid conditions, and dispels the myth that they are just a part of autism.

The authors cover a wide range of common mental health problems experienced by children with ASD, including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), anxiety, ADHD, eating disorders, psychosis, stress, tics and depression, and illustrate these issues with case studies. They also provide vital advice in an accessible format and suggest strategies to ease the difficulties which arise from these co-morbid conditions.

This book is essential reading for professionals working with children on the autism spectrum and is an accessible and practical resource for parents and carers.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations.

Preface.

Introduction.

  1. Autistic Spectrum Disorder: An Introduction.
  2. Mental Health: An Introduction.
  3. Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Comorbid ADHD.
  4. ASD and Comorbid Anxiety Disorders.
  5. ASD and Comorbid Depression.
  6. ASD and Tics or Tourette's Syndrome.
  7. ASD and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD).
  8. ASD and Comorbid Eating Disorders.
  9. ASD and Other Less Common Psychiatric Conditions.
  10. Reducing Stress and Strategies that Help.
  11. ASD and Sleep Problems.
  12. Sensory Processing Problems and Executive Functioning Difficulties.
  13. ASD and Self-Harm.
  14. The Use of Therapies.
  15. The Role of Different Professionals.

Glossary of Terms.

References.

"Although our initial ideas about ASD in the 1940s through 1960s was to think of it as a Mental Health problem, empirical research has unequivocally determined that it is a Neurodevelopmental Disorder, caused by differences in the ways the brains of those with ASD understand and process information compared with  their typical peers.  Although this is well established and generally accepted, recent studies have pointed to Mental Health difficulties frequently accompanying this Neurodevelopmental Disorder.  Because this is a relatively new development and many professionals in the field of ASD are not as well trained in Mental Health disturbances as they are in Developmental Disabilities, this book is a significant addition to the literature.  Written by three professionals in the field who recognize a gap developing between understanding those with ASD and seeing how Mental Health problems can alter their needs and suggest appropriate strategies that would be useful to assist them, the book meets an important need.  The authors show a thorough understanding of ASD and Mental Health problems and explain both in a straightforward and comprehensive way. The clear writing, penetrating insights, and wonderful case examples combine for a very clear and comprehensive presentation.  These exhaustive discussions and descriptions help capture the unique characteristics of those with ASD and show how understanding and working with them changes when their differences are compounded by Mental Health difficulties.  Parents and professionals wanting to help those with ASD will welcome this splendid addition to the field"
- Gary B. Mesibov, Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of North Carolina, USA

"This is a timely book, as there are few books that address the complex topic of mental health disorders and children with autism labels. At once, the authors provide the reader with practical examples, personalized stories, and clear descriptions of how to recognize and offer support to children with autism labels who experience mental health challenges. The authors take great care when describing the meanings of autism, normality, and mental health 'disorders', and offer parents and practitioners tangible ways to address daily challenges."
- Jessica Nina Lester, Assistant Professor of Inquiry Methodology, Department of Counselling & Educational Psychology, Indiana University, USA

"Although our initial ideas about ASD in the 1940s through 1960s was to think of it as a Mental Health problem, empirical research has unequivocally determined that it is a Neurodevelopmental Disorder, caused by differences in the ways the brains of those with ASD understand and process information compared with  their typical peers.  Although this is well established and generally accepted, recent studies have pointed to Mental Health difficulties frequently accompanying this Neurodevelopmental Disorder.  Because this is a relatively new development and many professionals in the field of ASD are not as well trained in Mental Health disturbances as they are in Developmental Disabilities, this book is a significant addition to the literature.  Written by three professionals in the field who recognize a gap developing between understanding those with ASD and seeing how Mental Health problems can alter their needs and suggest appropriate strategies that would be useful to assist them, the book meets an important need.  The authors show a thorough understanding of ASD and Mental Health problems and explain both in a straightforward and comprehensive way. The clear writing, penetrating insights, and wonderful case examples combine for a very clear and comprehensive presentation.  These exhaustive discussions and descriptions help capture the unique characteristics of those with ASD and show how understanding and working with them changes when their differences are compounded by Mental Health difficulties.  Parents and professionals wanting to help those with ASD will welcome this splendid addition to the field"
- Gary B. Mesibov, Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of North Carolina, USA

"This is a timely book, as there are few books that address the complex topic of mental health disorders and children with autism labels. At once, the authors provide the reader with practical examples, personalized stories, and clear descriptions of how to recognize and offer support to children with autism labels who experience mental health challenges. The authors take great care when describing the meanings of autism, normality, and mental health 'disorders', and offer parents and practitioners tangible ways to address daily challenges."
- Jessica Nina Lester, Assistant Professor of Inquiry Methodology, Department of Counselling & Educational Psychology, Indiana University, USA

"Although our initial ideas about ASD in the 1940s through 1960s was to think of it as a Mental Health problem, empirical research has unequivocally determined that it is a Neurodevelopmental Disorder, caused by differences in the ways the brains of those with ASD understand and process information compared with  their typical peers.  Although this is well established and generally accepted, recent studies have pointed to Mental Health difficulties frequently accompanying this Neurodevelopmental Disorder.  Because this is a relatively new development and many professionals in the field of ASD are not as well trained in Mental Health disturbances as they are in Developmental Disabilities, this book is a significant addition to the literature.  Written by three professionals in the field who recognize a gap developing between understanding those with ASD and seeing how Mental Health problems can alter their needs and suggest appropriate strategies that would be useful to assist them, the book meets an important need.  The authors show a thorough understanding of ASD and Mental Health problems and explain both in a straightforward and comprehensive way. The clear writing, penetrating insights, and wonderful case examples combine for a very clear and comprehensive presentation.  These exhaustive discussions and descriptions help capture the unique characteristics of those with ASD and show how understanding and working with them changes when their differences are compounded by Mental Health difficulties.  Parents and professionals wanting to help those with ASD will welcome this splendid addition to the field"
- Gary B. Mesibov, Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of North Carolina, USA

"This is a timely book, as there are few books that address the complex topic of mental health disorders and children with autism labels. At once, the authors provide the reader with practical examples, personalized stories, and clear descriptions of how to recognize and offer support to children with autism labels who experience mental health challenges. The authors take great care when describing the meanings of autism, normality, and mental health 'disorders', and offer parents and practitioners tangible ways to address daily challenges."
- Jessica Nina Lester, Assistant Professor of Inquiry Methodology, Department of Counselling & Educational Psychology, Indiana University, USA

"Although our initial ideas about ASD in the 1940s through 1960s was to think of it as a Mental Health problem, empirical research has unequivocally determined that it is a Neurodevelopmental Disorder, caused by differences in the ways the brains of those with ASD understand and process information compared with  their typical peers.  Although this is well established and generally accepted, recent studies have pointed to Mental Health difficulties frequently accompanying this Neurodevelopmental Disorder.  Because this is a relatively new development and many professionals in the field of ASD are not as well trained in Mental Health disturbances as they are in Developmental Disabilities, this book is a significant addition to the literature.  Written by three professionals in the field who recognize a gap developing between understanding those with ASD and seeing how Mental Health problems can alter their needs and suggest appropriate strategies that would be useful to assist them, the book meets an important need.  The authors show a thorough understanding of ASD and Mental Health problems and explain both in a straightforward and comprehensive way. The clear writing, penetrating insights, and wonderful case examples combine for a very clear and comprehensive presentation.  These exhaustive discussions and descriptions help capture the unique characteristics of those with ASD and show how understanding and working with them changes when their differences are compounded by Mental Health difficulties.  Parents and professionals wanting to help those with ASD will welcome this splendid addition to the field"
- Gary B. Mesibov, Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of North Carolina, USA

"This is a timely book, as there are few books that address the complex topic of mental health disorders and children with autism labels. At once, the authors provide the reader with practical examples, personalized stories, and clear descriptions of how to recognize and offer support to children with autism labels who experience mental health challenges. The authors take great care when describing the meanings of autism, normality, and mental health 'disorders', and offer parents and practitioners tangible ways to address daily challenges."
- Jessica Nina Lester, Assistant Professor of Inquiry Methodology, Department of Counselling & Educational Psychology, Indiana University, USA

"Although our initial ideas about ASD in the 1940s through 1960s was to think of it as a Mental Health problem, empirical research has unequivocally determined that it is a Neurodevelopmental Disorder, caused by differences in the ways the brains of those with ASD understand and process information compared with  their typical peers.  Although this is well established and generally accepted, recent studies have pointed to Mental Health difficulties frequently accompanying this Neurodevelopmental Disorder.  Because this is a relatively new development and many professionals in the field of ASD are not as well trained in Mental Health disturbances as they are in Developmental Disabilities, this book is a significant addition to the literature.  Written by three professionals in the field who recognize a gap developing between understanding those with ASD and seeing how Mental Health problems can alter their needs and suggest appropriate strategies that would be useful to assist them, the book meets an important need.  The authors show a thorough understanding of ASD and Mental Health problems and explain both in a straightforward and comprehensive way. The clear writing, penetrating insights, and wonderful case examples combine for a very clear and comprehensive presentation.  These exhaustive discussions and descriptions help capture the unique characteristics of those with ASD and show how understanding and working with them changes when their differences are compounded by Mental Health difficulties.  Parents and professionals wanting to help those with ASD will welcome this splendid addition to the field"
- Gary B. Mesibov, Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of North Carolina, USA

"This is a timely book, as there are few books that address the complex topic of mental health disorders and children with autism labels. At once, the authors provide the reader with practical examples, personalized stories, and clear descriptions of how to recognize and offer support to children with autism labels who experience mental health challenges. The authors take great care when describing the meanings of autism, normality, and mental health 'disorders', and offer parents and practitioners tangible ways to address daily challenges."
- Jessica Nina Lester, Assistant Professor of Inquiry Methodology, Department of Counselling & Educational Psychology, Indiana University, USA

"Although our initial ideas about ASD in the 1940s through 1960s was to think of it as a Mental Health problem, empirical research has unequivocally determined that it is a Neurodevelopmental Disorder, caused by differences in the ways the brains of those with ASD understand and process information compared with  their typical peers.  Although this is well established and generally accepted, recent studies have pointed to Mental Health difficulties frequently accompanying this Neurodevelopmental Disorder.  Because this is a relatively new development and many professionals in the field of ASD are not as well trained in Mental Health disturbances as they are in Developmental Disabilities, this book is a significant addition to the literature.  Written by three professionals in the field who recognize a gap developing between understanding those with ASD and seeing how Mental Health problems can alter their needs and suggest appropriate strategies that would be useful to assist them, the book meets an important need.  The authors show a thorough understanding of ASD and Mental Health problems and explain both in a straightforward and comprehensive way. The clear writing, penetrating insights, and wonderful case examples combine for a very clear and comprehensive presentation.  These exhaustive discussions and descriptions help capture the unique characteristics of those with ASD and show how understanding and working with them changes when their differences are compounded by Mental Health difficulties.  Parents and professionals wanting to help those with ASD will welcome this splendid addition to the field"
- Gary B. Mesibov, Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of North Carolina, USA

"This is a timely book, as there are few books that address the complex topic of mental health disorders and children with autism labels. At once, the authors provide the reader with practical examples, personalized stories, and clear descriptions of how to recognize and offer support to children with autism labels who experience mental health challenges. The authors take great care when describing the meanings of autism, normality, and mental health 'disorders', and offer parents and practitioners tangible ways to address daily challenges."
- Jessica Nina Lester, Assistant Professor of Inquiry Methodology, Department of Counselling & Educational Psychology, Indiana University, USA