People with Autism Behaving Badly
Offers strategies to help resolve problems such as physical aggression, self-injury, verbal abuse, rudeness and property damage.
People with autism spectrum conditions may often behave in ways that cause difficulty for them and those who care for them. People with Autism Behaving Badly offers effective, long-term strategies to help resolve common problem behaviours such as physical aggression, self-injury, verbal abuse, rudeness and property damage.
The book is organised around the common messages conveyed by behaviours and some of the underlying issues that drive these messages. Practical ideas for intervention are provided and illustrated by case examples. A range of exercises help to build understanding of the issues and detail appropriate plans. A log book helps to track what has been tried and what has been learned. In addition the author explores the role of relationship ‘styles’ that can help reduce challenging behaviour and encourage positive ones. 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 is indispensable for families, carers and anyone involved with autistic people who need help with behavioural or emotional challenges.
About the author:
John Clements is a clinical psychologist of over thirty years’ standing, specialising 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 practise specialising in issues for people with developmental disabilities. He currently works as a behaviour consultant in California, taking a particular interest in helping people with autism and their families. He has published several books including Assessing Behaviours Regarded as Problematic for People with Developmental Disabilities and Behavioural Concerns, and Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Explanations and Strategies for Change, both also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.