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A Guide to Mental Health Issues in Girls and Young Women on the Autism Spectrum

Diagnosis, Intervention and Family Support
Author: Judy Eaton
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 178450355X
Category: Psychology
Page: 240
View: 7532
This book addresses the specific mental health needs of girls and young women with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Looking at the ways autism presents differently in girls than in boys, and the mental health conditions that occur most frequently in girls with ASD, this is the essential guide for clinicians and educators on tailoring interventions and support to meet girls' needs. Describing the current assessment process for autism diagnosis, the book explains why girls are under- or mis-diagnosed, leading to later mental health issues. It outlines the types of intervention that are particularly helpful for working with girls to reduce anxiety, improve social interaction skills, and manage self-harm. The book also covers how to manage eating disorders and feeding difficulties, focusing on working with girls with sensory processing difficulties. There is advice on how to deal with the emotional impact on parents, carers and families, and the challenges they face when negotiating appropriate psychological and educational support.

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Parenting Girls on the Autism Spectrum

Overcoming the Challenges and Celebrating the Gifts
Author: Eileen Riley-Hall
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1849058938
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 254
View: 2018
Riley-Hall is the mother of two teenage girls, one with Asperger's syndrome and the other with autism. She offers encouragement and guidance on issues, as well as practical advice and support.

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Working with Girls and Young Women with an Autism Spectrum Condition

A Practical Guide for Clinicians
Author: Fiona Fisher Bullivant
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1784507849
Category: Psychology
Page: 160
View: 8092
This guide shows how clinicians can help girls and young women with ASC to reach their full potential, by adopting more relationship-based, individualised approaches. With contributions from young women about their experiences in clinical settings, the book reflects on what clinicians have done right and wrong to date, why girls and women with ASC are too often misunderstood, and how the culture of how clinicians work with them needs to change in order to achieve better results. In a concise and practical way, it covers how to better understand clients' needs and foster strong relationships through diagnosis, understanding comorbidities, sensory issues, self-harm, emotional regulation, assessments, interventions and strategies.

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The Independent Woman's Handbook for Super Safe Living on the Autistic Spectrum


Author: Robyn Steward
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 0857007653
Category: Psychology
Page: 376
View: 1952
Certain characteristics of autism, such as difficulty understanding social cues, may make women vulnerable to potentially dangerous situations. Robyn Steward has written this supportive guide to help all women on the autistic spectrum live independently, make their own choices in life, and be safe whilst doing so. This book will provide you with the knowledge to recognise potential risks to your personal safety and the skills and strategies required to avoid and overcome them. Informed by a survey of, and interviews with, women on and off the autistic spectrum, it explores common safety issues encountered by women and offers practical advice to help you stay safe and supported in your independence. Topics covered include friendships, relationships and sex, alcohol and drugs, money and employment and staying safe outside the home and online. This handbook is your guide to super safe living as an independent woman and will help you to stay safe whilst living life to the full. It may also be of interest to your family, friends and carers, giving them insight into life on the spectrum and confidence that you will enjoy your independence in an informed and safe manner.

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The Guide to Good Mental Health on the Autism Spectrum


Author: Jeanette Purkis,Emma Goodall,Jane Nugent
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1784501956
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 272
View: 4813
Filled with strategies and advice, this empowering guide presents practical ways to improve the mental wellbeing of people on the Autism Spectrum. This helpful guide focusses on the specific difficulties that can arise for people on the autism spectrum who may also experience a mental illness. The book includes information on common mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, as well as strategies for improving sleep patterns and mindfulness. Providing guidance on the benefits and drawbacks of therapy pets, medication, and psychotherapy, the authors offer balanced perspectives on treatment options and introduce self-help strategies tailored to meet your needs and improve your mental wellbeing. A number of short personal narratives from people on the autism spectrum and mental health issues illustrate the text. The book also includes a list of resources, books and organisations that can provide further support and inspiration.

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Asperger Syndrome and Anxiety

A Guide to Successful Stress Management
Author: Nick Dubin
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 184310895X
Category: Psychology
Page: 222
View: 2004
Many people have feelings of stress and anxiety in their everyday lives. For people with Aspergers Syndrome this stress can be difficult to manage.This book is specifically written for adults with Aspergers Syndrome offers practical advice on how to better manage the stress in their lives.

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Women and Girls with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Understanding Life Experiences from Early Childhood to Old Age
Author: Sarah Hendrickx
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 0857009826
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 248
View: 6127
The difference that being female makes to the diagnosis, life and experiences of a person with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has largely gone unresearched and unreported until recently. In this book Sarah Hendrickx has collected both academic research and personal stories about girls and women on the autism spectrum to present a picture of their feelings, thoughts and experiences at each stage of their lives. Outlining how autism presents differently and can hide itself in females and what the likely impact will be for them throughout their lifespan, the book looks at how females with ASD experience diagnosis, childhood, education, adolescence, friendships, sexuality, employment, pregnancy and parenting, and aging. It will provide invaluable guidance for the professionals who support these girls and women and it will offer women with autism a guiding light in interpreting and understanding their own life experiences through the experiences of others.

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A Practical Guide to Mental Health Problems in Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder

It's not just their autism!
Author: Alvina Ali,Michelle O'Reilly,Khalid Karim
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 0857006975
Category: Psychology
Page: 288
View: 6154
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.

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Girls Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum

What Parents and Professionals Should Know About the Pre-Teen and Teenage Years
Author: Shana Nichols
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 9781846428852
Category: Psychology
Page: 352
View: 3998
'This book is not only reassuring; it is inspiring, and bursting with ideas and achievable strategies. The authors write with authority and conviction, and tackle even the most difficult and delicate of topics. If ever you needed to be convinced that girls with ASD can overcome the difficulties and challenges of puberty and adolescence, have successful friendships and relationships and enjoy a healthy sexuality, then take the time to read this book - it is a must-have for families, teachers and therapists alike.' -Sarah Attwood, author of Making Sense of Sex: A Forthright Guide to Puberty, Sex and Relationships for People with Asperger's Syndrome Growing up isn't easy, and the trials and tribulations of being a teenager can be particularly confusing for girls with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). This book covers all the concerns commonly faced by girls with ASDs and their parents, from periods and puberty to worries over friendships and 'fitting in'. Taking a good look at these adolescent issues, and many more, within the context of specific areas of difficulty for girls with ASDs, the authors provide families with the knowledge and advice they need to help their daughters - and the whole family - through the teenage years. This book addresses core issues such as cognition, communication, behavior, sensory sensitivities, and social difficulties; it gives candid and realistic advice on a wide range of important teenage topics. Providing professional perspectives alongside personal experiences from mothers, daughters and educators, this is a unique and indispensible guide for families and their daughters with ASDs, as well as the teachers and professionals who work with them.

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Educating and Supporting Girls with Asperger's and Autism

A Resource for Education and Health Professionals
Author: Victoria Honeybourne
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351698427
Category: Education
Page: 296
View: 7037
This resource is designed to support education and health professionals to better understand how autism (including Asperger's syndrome) can present in girls; explaining the various difficulties and disadvantages that girls on the autism spectrum can face in educational settings. As well as providing background information and theory, the resource offers practical strategies for working with girls with autism spectrum conditions. The resource contains a broad range of worksheets and activities on key issues: self-awareness; preparing for school life; learning; wider school life; preparing for employment; and preparing for further study. Key Features: illustrated throughout with real-life quotes and case studies guidance on best practice when working with girls with autism spectrum conditions activities and resources for young females on the autism spectrum to support them in developing self-awareness, coping strategies and learning skills.

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Living Well on the Spectrum

How to Use Your Strengths to Meet the Challenges of Asperger Syndrome/High-Functioning Autism
Author: Valerie L. Gaus
Publisher: Guilford Press
ISBN: 9781609180508
Category: Psychology
Page: 383
View: 5845
Navigating the "neurotypical" world with Asperger syndrome or high-functioning autism (AS/HFA) can be extremely stressful. But by understanding the specific ways your brain works differently--and how to tap into your personal strengths--you can greatly enhance your well-being. In this wise and practical book, experienced therapist Valerie L. Gaus helps you identify goals that will make your life better and take concrete steps to achieve them. Grounded in psychological science, the techniques in this book help you: *Learn the unspoken rules of social situations.*Improve your communication skills.*Get organized at home and at work.*Manage anxiety and depression.*Strengthen your relationships with family and friends.*Live more successfully on your own or with others. A wealth of stories, questionnaires, worksheets, and concrete examples help you find personalized solutions to problems you are likely to encounter. You can download and print additional copies of the worksheets for repeated use. Of special note, the Introduction was updated in 2017 with the latest information on how autism spectrum disorder is defined in DSM-5. Finally, a compassionate, knowledgeable, positive guide to living well on the spectrum.

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Counselling People on the Autism Spectrum

A Practical Manual
Author: Katherine Paxton,Irene A. Estay
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1843105527
Category: Psychology
Page: 207
View: 4465
This manual provides counselling techniques that work for professionals, but also for individuals coping with being on the spectrum themselves, or living with someone with an ASD. It shows how to develop the tools to help people on the spectrum cope with their emotions, anxieties, and confusion about the often overwhelming world around them.

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A Practical Guide to Happiness in Children and Teens on the Autism Spectrum

A Positive Psychology Approach
Author: Victoria Honeybourne
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1784506818
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 208
View: 6770
Full of simple strategies for happiness in children and teens with autism, this book is a must read for anyone dedicated to the wellbeing of a child on the spectrum. Bringing a refreshingly positive approach to mental health and autism, the guide is full of practical ideas for helping children strengthen their self-worth, optimism and receptivity to happiness. It also reveals how children can build resilience and better understand their feelings, giving them the skills to flourish and thrive and to ward off negative thoughts. The activities are ideal for all learning levels and can be done individually or in groups, at home or in the classroom. Talking about mental health in autism is all too often reduced to ways of 'curing illness' - this book helps to prevent poor mental health by making happiness a priority and an attainable goal.

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Autistics' Guide to Dating

A Book by Autistics, for Autistics and Those Who Love Them or Who Are in Love with Them
Author: Jody John Ramey,Emilia Murry Ramey
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 9781846427633
Category: Psychology
Page: 128
View: 9872
For people on the autism spectrum dating is so often an elusive art form, requiring the very skills--in communication, and in social perception--that don't come naturally to them. This book presents strategies for overcoming social skills deficits and sensory issues, to make for relationship success. Emilia Murry Ramey and Jody John Ramey, both on the spectrum, reflect on their dating experiences and provide recommendations for relationships in both the short- and long-term. Their advice includes how to choose venues for meeting people that are free from discomfiting features; coping with typical experiences in the light of sensory issues such as close proximity with a partner, eye-contact, and physical intimacy; and moving on to extended, committed relationships, co-habiting and continuing to date after marriage. Thorough, accessible, and very encouraging, this book is a must-read for Autistic people, those who love them, and those who are in love with them.

Girls and Autism

Educational, Family and Personal Perspectives
Author: Barry Carpenter,Francesca Happe,Jo Egerton
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9780815377252
Category:
Page: 208
View: 8918
Often thought of as a predominantly "male" disorder, girls on the autism spectrum have long gone unidentified, unnoticed, and unsupported - sometimes with devastating consequences for their social and mental well-being. As current research reveals a much more balanced male: female ratio in autism, this book provides crucial insight into autistic girls' experiences, helping professionals to recognise, understand, support and teach them effectively. Drawing on the latest research findings, chapters consider why girls have historically been overlooked by traditional diagnostic approaches, identifying behaviours that may be particular to girls, and exploring the 'camouflaging' that can make the diagnosis of autistic girls more difficult. Chapters emphasize both the challenges and advantages of autism and take a multidisciplinary approach to encompass contributions from autistic girls and women, their family members, teachers, psychologists, and other professionals. The result is an invaluable source of first-hand insights, knowledge and strategies, which will enable those living or working with girls on the autism spectrum to provide more informed and effective support. Giving voice to the experiences, concerns, needs and hopes of girls on the autism spectrum, this much-needed text will provide parents, teachers and other professionals with essential information to help them support and teach autistic girls more effectively.

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Working with Girls and Young Women with an Autism Spectrum Condition

A Practical Guide for Clinicians
Author: Fiona Fisher Bullivant
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1784507849
Category: Psychology
Page: 160
View: 5834
This guide shows how clinicians can help girls and young women with ASC to reach their full potential, by adopting more relationship-based, individualised approaches. With contributions from young women about their experiences in clinical settings, the book reflects on what clinicians have done right and wrong to date, why girls and women with ASC are too often misunderstood, and how the culture of how clinicians work with them needs to change in order to achieve better results. In a concise and practical way, it covers how to better understand clients' needs and foster strong relationships through diagnosis, understanding comorbidities, sensory issues, self-harm, emotional regulation, assessments, interventions and strategies.

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Spectrum Women

Walking to the Beat of Autism
Author: Barb Cook,Michelle Garnett
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1784508063
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 336
View: 7967
Barb Cook and 14 other autistic women describe life from a female autistic perspective, and present empowering, helpful and supportive insights from their personal experience for fellow autistic women. Michelle Garnett's comments validate and expand the experiences described from a clinician's perspective, and provide extensive recommendations. Autistic advocates including Liane Holliday Willey, Anita Lesko, Jeanette Purkis, Artemisia and Samantha Craft offer their personal guidance on significant issues that particularly affect women, as well as those that are more general to autism. Contributors cover issues including growing up, identity, diversity, parenting, independence and self-care amongst many others. With great contributions from exceptional women, this is a truly well-rounded collection of knowledge and sage advice for any woman with autism.

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Safety Skills for Asperger Women

How to Save a Perfectly Good Female Life
Author: Liane Holliday Willey
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 9780857003270
Category: Psychology
Page: 160
View: 4006
Life with Asperger's Syndrome can be a challenge at the best of times, and trials and tribulations that neurotypicals take in their stride can leave Aspies perplexed and unsure of how best to solve problems and keep themselves safe, both physically and emotionally. This book explores difficulties that those with AS may face, and suggests practical and helpful ways of overcoming them. Liane Holliday Willey's positive and encouraging advice teaches people with Asperger Syndrome how to appreciate their differences and work from their strengths, by being honest about and coping with challenges. By setting realistic expectations, she shows how it can be possible to live on your own and take care of yourself, touching upon everything from banking and housing to roommates, friendships, and relationships. Jobs and the workplace are explored as advice is given on interviewing, performance, and getting along with colleagues, and the importance of setting boundaries is explained. The focus throughout is on keeping yourself safe, and this extends to travel, cultural awareness, and generally organising yourself. Personal hygiene and the body are also covered, along with nutrition and illness. The advice all adds up to show that people with AS can safeguard themselves from emotional and physical harm and live happy and independent lives, as long as the right guidance is available. This book will be of interest to people with Asperger Syndrome, their friends and families, and professionals working alongside ASDs.

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I Think I Might Be Autistic

A Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis and Self-Discovery for Adults
Author: Cynthia Kim
Publisher: Narrow Gauge Press
ISBN: 9780989597111
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 112
View: 1878
What if instead of being weird, shy, geeky or introverted, your brain is wired differently? For adults with undiagnosed autism spectrum disorder (ASD), there is often an "aha!" moment--when you realize that ASD just might be the explanation for why you've always felt so different. "I Think I Might Be Autistic: A Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis and Self-Discovery for Adults" begins from that "aha!' moment, addressing the many questions that follow. What do the symptoms of ASD look like in adults? Is getting a diagnosis worth it? What does an assessment consist of and how can you prepare for it? Cynthia Kim shares the information, insights, tips, suggestions and resources she gathered as part of her own journey from "aha!" to finally being diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome in her forties. This concise guide also addresses important aspects of living with ASD as a late-diagnosed adult, including coping with the emotional impact of discovering that you're autistic and deciding who to share your diagnosis with and how.

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Life on the Autism Spectrum - A Guide for Girls and Women


Author: Karen McKibbin
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 178450193X
Category: Psychology
Page: 168
View: 6128
Why is Autism Spectrum Disorder so misunderstood in girls and women and why do so many go under the radar without the support that they need? This practical guide explains the unique issues that affect females with autism and provides tools and strategies that girls, women and their families can use in day-to-day life. Following the story of Alison, a girl diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, through both childhood and adulthood, we get an inside view of the challenges that girls and women with autism face. Straightforward information and advice is provided on key topics including: · social skills and communication · how to overcome bullying · sensory issues and food sensitivity · the need for routine · perceptions of gender · and physiological changes. Essential reading for parents of daughters on the spectrum, as well as girls and women who carry the diagnosis themselves.