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People with Autism Behaving Badly: Helping People with ASD Move On from Behavioral and Emotional Challenges

by John Clements Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Pub Date:
03/2005
ISBN:
9781843107651
Format:
Pbk 224 pages
Price:
AU$33.99 NZ$34.77
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People with Autism Behaving Badly presents effective ways of managing behaviors associated with autism that have a significant negative impact either on the individual or those around them.
Organized around common triggers of difficult behavior, such as sensory sensitivity, changes in routine, or lack of control, as well as the longer-term effects of autism on social connectedness and personal well-being, the book examines how a variety of innovative relationship ‘styles’ can be effective in reducing harmful behaviors, and encouraging positive ones. Drawing on over 30 years’ experience of working with autistic people and their families, John Clements provides ideas and tips, exercises, case studies and a log book to help families identify what is causing damaging behavior, and what works to prevent and calm it. Realistic information about working together with individuals, families and outside agencies, and about the pros and cons of medication, is also included.
This hands-on, practical manual will be indispensable for families, carers and anyone looking after people with autism ‘behaving badly’.

Acknowledgements; Part 1; Chapter 1. Read this Chapter; Chapter 2, What's the problem?; Chapter 3. Responding to incidents; Part 2; Chapter 4. I can't stand that; Chapter 5. You lost me; Chapter 6. There's something I want from you; Chapter 7. I don't want to say 'No'; Chapter 8. I love it when..; Chapter 9. I feel terrible; Chapter 10. I'm in charge here; Part 3; Chapter 11. Loss of social connectedness; Chapter 12. Loss of personal well being; Part 4; Chapter 13. The drugs of war; Chapter 14. Specific interventions - relationship styles; Chapter 15. Which planet?; Appendix 1. Supports that work - what we have learned; Appendix 2. Learning log; Appendix 3. Parent - doctor consultation; Index.

I would recommend this book to families who already know about autistic spectrum disorder, and who want to work towards overcoming difficulties relating to certain behaviours, writes Beth Billington. The language used is accessible and not too jargon-oriented, and the book is clearly laid out. I particularly like guidelines on how to use the book effectively, without having to read every page. The book is practically very useful, with suggestions for prioritising goals, practical ideas and case examples to illustrate concepts. The use of exercises and thinking points enables the reader to give it a go in the real world, in order to foster change. It explains why people with ASD may "behave badly", and each chapter outlines a theme explaining the reasons behind behaviours that, to "neurotypicals" (people not on the autistic spectrum) may seem inexplicable.
John Clements is a clinical psychologist of over forty years' standing, specializing in the field of developmental disabilities. He has previously worked for the NHS and university system in the UK and jointly established the UK's first independent psychology practice specializing in issues for people with developmental disabilities. He has also worked as a behavior consultant in California, taking a particular interest in helping people with autism and their families.