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By Katherine Paxton

The features of autism spectrum issues (ASD) current special demanding situations, not just to humans themselves affected, but in addition to counselling execs. This guide presents counselling recommendations that paintings not just for pros, but additionally for people both dealing with being at the spectrum themselves, or residing with somebody who has an ASD. despite highbrow and linguistic skill, humans at the autism spectrum usually have major impairments in emotional expression, legislation, and popularity, and they're identified to have greater premiums of melancholy and anxiousness than the overall inhabitants. This accomplished booklet exhibits how you can increase the instruments essential to aid humans at the spectrum take care of their feelings, anxieties, and confusion in regards to the frequently overwhelming international that surrounds them. Illustrated with invaluable case reports, it covers a variety events the place counselling could be necessary for people with ASD, either young children and adults, households the place a member is at the spectrum, and the place a companion has ASD. It additionally addresses particular concerns, together with melancholy, nervousness, emotional rules, social abilities, and tension, with powerful innovations for facing every one factor. in addition to being necessary for counsellors, this e-book presents priceless details and suggestion for somebody operating with humans and households plagued by ASDs.

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Therapists need to be very specific with people on the autism spectrum. If a therapist tells someone with ASD not to eat any sweets before dinner, they will probably be okay with that and eat something salty instead, and ruin their appetite anyway. You cannot assume that the person on the autism spectrum will understand what you mean in a global, broad fashion. This is due to an orientation to details and a weakness in central coherence in thinking, which will be covered in more detail later in this chapter.

Although there are some who would contest that Asperger’s and high functioning autism are different disorders, for the purposes of this manual they will be considered as part of the broader autism spectrum. Diagnosis on the autism spectrum Autism spectrum disorders are usually diagnosed in the first few years of life, though later diagnoses are not uncommon (APA 1994; Attwood 1998; Filipek et al. 1999; Janzen 1996). Often diagnosis occurs when the child enters school, as the situation is often more confusing and demanding.

Comorbid medical conditions It is estimated that about 10 per cent of people on the autism spectrum have comorbid medical conditions (Rutter 2005). Seizures are common, with rates of 25 to 30 per cent, while attentional disorders or overactivity can range from 21 to 72 per cent. 1 per cent of persons on the spectrum may have sleep disorders (Lainhart 1999). Epilepsy and sleep disorders are often found together in people who have autism, with sleep and interrupted sleep facilitating seizure occurrence, and seizure activity interfering with sleep.

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