Counselling People on the Autism Spectrum
A Practical ManualKatherine Paxton, Irene A. Estay
The characteristics of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) present unique challenges, not only to people themselves affected, but also to counselling professionals. This manual provides counselling techniques that work not only for professionals, but also for individuals either coping with being on the spectrum themselves, or living with someone who has an ASD.
Regardless of intellectual and linguistic ability, people on the autism spectrum often have significant impairments in emotional expression, regulation, and recognition, and they are known to have higher rates of depression and anxiety than the general population. This comprehensive book shows how to develop the tools necessary to help people on the spectrum cope with their emotions, anxieties, and confusion about the often overwhelming world that surrounds them. Illustrated with useful case studies, it covers a range situations where counselling may be helpful for individuals with ASD, both children and adults, families where a member is on the spectrum, and couples where a partner has ASD. It also addresses specific issues, including depression, anxiety, emotional regulation, social skills, and stress, with effective strategies for dealing with each issue.
As well as being indispensable for counsellors, this book provides valuable information and advice for anyone working with people and families affected by ASDs.
The first resource written specifically for professionals working with clients on the autism spectrum, this practical manual provides effective counselling methods and strategies for counsellors facing the challenge of working with people on the spectrum and their families. Based on best practice, the authors address the particular issues and perspectives of counselling clients on the autism spectrum. They provide effective alternatives to traditional counselling approaches, which may leave the individual or family confused and dissatisfied. This manual is a must-have for professionals who support people and families affected by autism spectrum disorders.
Table of Contents Introduction. 1. Autism: An Overview. 2. Autistic Thinking and Autistic Logic. 3. General Strategies and Modifications for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. 4. Depression and Treatment Approaches. 5. Anxiety, OCD, and Treatment Approaches. 6. Relationships and Social Skills. 7. Stress and Relaxation. 8. Emotional Expression, Identification, and Regulation. 9. Some Final Words and Suggestions. References. Index.