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Asperger's Syndrome, Autism and related Books

Asperger's Syndrome, Autism, Professional, Therapy and related books.

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A Blessing and a Curse: Autism and Me

Growing up in Australia in the 1970s, Caiseal Mór was labelled ‘retarded’ and ‘an idiot’, and his parents were led to believe that physical punishment could cure his autism.

In this courageous and captivating autobiography, Mór vividly captures his early experiences of dissociation from his true existence ­ a common reaction by children suffering from repeated abuse ­ and the various personas through which he lived through in his teens and early adulthood ­ the Mahjee, Charles P. Puddlejumper, Marco Polo and Chameleon Feeble. The rocky path towards discovering his true identity and finally accepting himself takes him on a spiritual pilgrimage via several different countries, once nearly getting caught unwittingly carrying drugs over the Moroccan border; forming relationships with people he meets but very often misjudges; to the revelation ­ the awakening ­ of love and acceptance.

Praise for the book:

‘His book captures the nostalgic romanticism of the Australian bush in the 1960s but also the height of deep ignorance and the culture of ‘see no evil’ in which almost all who could and should have changed things, looked the other way... Caiseal’s book is as beautiful and magical as it is shocking.’    ­ From the Foreword by Donna Williams

Book details:

A Blessing and a Curse  
Autism and Me   
Caiseal Mór     
208 pages       
ISBN 978 1 84310 573 2  

Mind Reading: The Interactive Guide to Emotions - Version 1.3

Mind Reading is a unique reference work covering the entire spectrum of human emotions. It is available as a DVD-ROM and also as a set of CD-ROMs running on either a Windows or an Apple Macintosh computer. Using the software you can explore over 400 emotions, seeing and hearing each one performed by six different people. There are three main sections: Emotions Library, Learning Centre and Games Zone.

Mind Reading is for everyone interested in emotions. It has been designed with awareness of the needs of children and adults who may want to improve their ability to recognize emotions in others. It is also an invaluable resource for parents, teachers, those involved in social skills training and people working in the dramatic arts.

Mind Reading sections

Emotions Library: Here you can study 412 different emotions organized into 24 groups. Six video clips are provided for each emotion showing close-up performances by a wide range of people (old, young, male, female). Six audio clips express the intonation of each emotion. There are definitions and stories for each emotion, a search facility, and a scrapbook where you can create and organize your own collections.

Learning Center: Learn to improve your emotion recognition skills in this section. Valuable to a wide set of users of all ages, including people on the autistic spectrum. A variety of lessons and quizzes are provided to present emotions in a systematic way and then to test recognition. The difficulty of some lessons can be adjusted to suit a wide range of ability levels. A rich set of collectible rewards is provided to help motivate users.

Games Zone: If you want to have fun with emotions then play one of the games in this section. See how world famous actor Daniel Radcliffe reacts to being offered some raw squid ! Visit a school, an office or a market to play with emotions in the real world. Play a fast moving card game where you have to match the faces to win or guess the emotion in the hidden face. The Games Zone encourages informal learning about emotions in a less structured setting.

Praise for Mind Reading:

‘I am delighted that my acting might actually help people with autism learn to recognize how other people feel. It is wonderful that drama and special education can be combined in this exciting new software.’
­ Daniel Radcliffe

‘An adult or teenager with Asperger’s syndrome who struggles to decipher facial expressions and their emotional link would find it valuable. I work in school using a joint working/consultative model and have to plan my use of the software carefully. I would have no hesitation in recommending this to teaching colleagues. The manual is simple and refreshed my approach to programme planning.’
­ Bulletin (Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists)

System Requirements:

DVD-ROM drive to play from optical disc (300 MBfree space needed on hard drive) CD-ROM drive to install from optical disc (2.5 GB free space needed on hard drive) Minimum Pentium 2 running Windows 98 or laterwith 32 MB RAM or Apple Power Mac running OS 9.2 or later with 16 MB available RAM for application. Pentium 3 or faster recommended. Minimum screen size 800 x 600, with 16 bit display. Sound card and speakers required.

Mind Reading details:   

Mind Reading    
The Interactive Guide to Emotions       
Version 1.3     
Based on research by Cambridge University, led by Simon Baron-Cohen     

ISBN: 978 1 84310 559 6         

ISBN: 978 1 84310 560 2 

Mind Reading Site Licence £229.99 + VAT / US$374.99     
Emotions Library ISBN 1 84310 216 1 £29.99 + VAT / US$49.95     
Emotions Library Site License £149.99 + VAT / $269.99   

See You in Court: A Social Worker’s Guide to Presenting Evidence in Care Proceedings

Are you looking forward to giving evidence? What do you have concerns about? Do you know how to prepare written evidence that will be taken seriously in court?

See You in Court is an accessible guide for social workers on being a witness in care proceedings. With little training and few resources available, social workers can find preparing for court a daunting part of their role. This book answers questions frequently asked by social workers in real cases, and gives information on court structures, basic rules of evidence, the roles of those involved in the proceedings, and court etiquette. It also discusses the process of giving evidence, including how to deal with cross-examination. The material is supported by case studies and checklists.

This practical book is essential reading for social workers, particularly those working with children and families.

Book details:

See You in Court        
A Social Worker’s Guide to Presenting Evidence in Care Proceedings      
Lynn Davis      
176 pages       
ISBN 978 1 84310 547 3  

Understanding Your Young Child with Special Needs

Understanding Your Young Child with Special Needs explores the developmental impact of disability on normal stages of child development, and examines the complex nature of the emotional bonds between parents and their children with special needs.

Placing the child and his or her personality, family life, feelings and behaviours in the foreground, Bartram addresses all the ‘ordinary’ challenges and tasks of parenting, such as sibling relationships, nursery and school, toilet training, and healthy aggression, as well as those that are of particular relevance to the parents of young children with special needs.

This accessible book will provide a wealth of information to help parents of a child with special needs understand his or her development and their own relationship with the child, and will also be of interest to professionals working with babies and pre-school children with special needs. 

Praise for the series:

‘They are a rich resource of balanced, sensitive and non-judgemental advice to help parents and professionals looking after children…The central subject is the mental and emotional development of children and their parents. And the style is intelligent and friendly… The books form a cohesive and continuous guide to almost everything I have ever wondered about bringing up my children.’             ­ 0-19 Magazine

Book details:

Understanding Your Young Child with Special Needs       
Pamela Bartram  
‘Understanding Your Child’ series       
80 pages        
ISBN 978 1 84310 533 6  

Autistic Planet

Autistic Planet is a magical world where all trains run exactly to time, where people working in offices have rocking chairs, and where all kids dream of winning the chess World Cup. Join us on a journey to this alternative reality, where being different is ordinary, and being “typical” is unheard of!

Full of colour illustrations and written in child-friendly rhyme, this book will be much loved by children, particularly those on the autism spectrum, their parents, teachers, carers and siblings.

Book details:

Autistic Planet         
Jennifer Elder          
Illustrated by Marc Thomas and Jennifer Elder   
48 pages        
ISBN 978 1 84310 842 9  

The Verbal Behavior Approach: How to Teach Children with Autism and Related Disorders

The Verbal Behavior (VB) approach is a form of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), that is based on B.F. Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior and works particularly well with children with minimal or no speech abilities. In this book Mary Lynch Barbera draws on her own experiences as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and also as a parent of a child with autism to explain VB and how to use it.

This step-by-step guide provides an abundance of information about how to help children develop better language and speaking skills, and also explains how to teach non-vocal children to use sign language. An entire chapter focuses on ways to reduce problem behavior, and there is also useful information on teaching toileting and other important self-help skills, that would benefit any child.

This book will enable parents and professionals unfamiliar with the principles of ABA and VB to get started immediately using the Verbal Behavior approach to teach children with autism and related disorders.

Praise for the book:

‘This book is an important one. Parents will be delighted with its easy and practical approach. It fills a void that currently exists for families trying to figure out how to do a VB approach. Furthermore, it explains a great deal about how ABA approaches behavior and teaching. The sections on rapport building, the importance of motivation, errorless teaching, and reinforcement are well-written, accurate, and perfectly suited to the needs of parents and professionals new to this approach. Her words of advice to families are spoken from the heart and are very wise.’
­ Mary Jane Weiss, Journal of Early and Intensive Behavior Intervention

‘An easy to follow guide that works. The Verbal Behavior approach is motivation driven, creating the desire to learn.’
­ Kathleen Ricca, M.Ed., parent of a three-year-old boy with autism

‘One of the most valuable books for parents of children with autism since Let Me Hear Your Voice by Catherine Maurice.’
­ Mark Sundberg, Ph.D.,BCBA

‘Barbera is not only accurate, but easy to understand…her personal experience in this area makes her explanations and instructions entertaining and easy to apply.’
­ Dr. Jack Michael, Editor of The Analysis of Verbal Behavior

‘A succinct, intelligible tour of an effective intervention for autistic children through both speech and non-verbal communication…Autistic children frequently experience language delays and disorders. Behavioral analyst Barbera, whose first son has autism, explores the Verbal Behavior (VB) approach, in conjunction with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), to aid his communication skills, as well as providing abundant other examples of its successful application. VB is a refinement of B.F. Skinner’s pioneering work on language and operates under the conviction that expressive language is behavioral, rather than purely cognitive. Barbera takes Skinner’s arcane language and renders it not only clear but convincing. VB assesses “what your child likes and then uses those items and activities…to motivate the child to do the work necessary to begin to learn,” with the central theme being to teach your child to make specific requests. Positive reinforcement is vital, and teachers must be the locus of enjoyable experience. Barbera walks readers through the process, from identifying things that reinforce desired behaviors to teaching operants…Persuasive arguments for a treatment addressing one of autism’s most profoundly hindering conditions.’
-Kirkus Reviews

Book details:

The Verbal Behavior Approach    
How to Teach Children with Autism and Related Disorders 
Mary Lynch Barbera with Tracy Rasmussen 
Foreword by Mark L. Sundberg, Ph.D., BCBA       
200 pages       
ISBN 978 1 84310 852 8  

Asperger Syndrome ­ A Love Story

Open, honest and upbeat, this book gives personal insight into both the ups and downs of an Asperger relationship. Seeking to challenge the bad press that people with Asperger Syndrome (AS) get as partners, Sarah and Keith tell their story of how they are making it
work ­ and also how they got it wrong ­ with disarming frankness and humour.

When Sarah and Keith met in 2003 neither knew much about Asperger Syndrome. Sarah thought Keith was ‘weird’ and couldn't work out why; and Keith thought Sarah was obsessed with diagnosing him with something-or-other. Difficulties ensued that brought the relationship to an end. Slowly, however, they each built up their knowledge of AS and in the meantime developed a mutual understanding, mutual acceptance and a desire to be together again.

This personal account is supplemented with professional knowledge and anecdotes gained from Sarah’s work with adults with AS ­ a career which started as a result of her experiences with Keith. She swears that she didn't take her work home with her! It is inspiring reading for couples in Asperger relationships as well as for counselling professionals.

Praise for the book:

'Asperger Syndrome: A Love Story was written to provide both insight into the thinking of each partner in an unconventional relationship, and constructive strategies to lead to a more satisfying relationship for both parties...The reader very quickly appreciates the difficulties faced by Sarah and Keith and their biography of their relationship is engaging, informative and encouraging.’
­ From the Foreword by Tony Attwood, author of The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome and Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals

‘I have worked with couples where one is affected by Asperger syndrome for over ten years; reading this book was like being an observer of a world I am very familiar with. Any woman who has loved a man with Asperger syndrome will relate to this book and find her own experiences totally validated. This book offers hope and encouragement to both partners in an Asperger relationship; it is realistic, unbiased and heart-warming. I recommend this book to all who wish to develop an understanding of the effect that both having and living with Asperger syndrome can have upon a relationship.’
­ Maxine Aston, author of Aspergers in Love and The Other Half of Asperger Syndrome

Book details:

Asperger Syndrome ­ A Love Story        
Sarah Hendrickx and Keith Newton        
Foreword by Tony Attwood        
June 2007       
144 pages       
ISBN 978 1 84310 540 4  

Conduct Disorder and Offending Behaviour in Young People: Findings from Research

Offending behaviour in young people is a problem not only for affected neighbours and communities; it is also a serious problem for the young people involved. Behaviour problems and involvement in criminal activities have been linked to continued offending, substance misuse, lack of education and work ­ all factors that are linked, in turn, with shorter life expectancy. 

This book reviews the literature on a number of techniques and treatment approaches designed for use with adolescent conduct disorder and young offenders. The authors also provide an overview of the condition including its developmental pathway; the criteria for diagnosing conduct disorder, and services for adolescents.

Conduct disorder and offending behaviour in young people are complex problems that need multi-agency, multifaceted solutions. This book aims to contribute to the design of services by drawing on a wide range of high-quality research, and presents it for the non-specialist. It is essential reading for child and adolescent mental health practitioners, social workers, youth offending teams and other professionals working with young people with conduct problems and their families.

Book details:

Conduct Disorder and Offending Behaviour in Young People        
Findings from Research  
Kristin Liabø and Joanna Richardson     
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Series       
June 2007       
144 pages       
ISBN 978 1 84310 508 4  

Empowering Children through Art and Expression: Culturally Sensitive Ways of Healing Trauma and Grief

Empowering Children through Art and Expression examines the successful use of arts and expressive therapies with children, and in particular those whose lives have been disrupted by forced relocation with their families to a different culture or community.

The book explores how children express and resolve unspoken feelings about traumatic experiences in play and other creative activities, based on their observations of peer support groups, outreach programs and through individuals’ own accounts. The authors argue that such activities in a safe context can be both a means of expressing trauma and a coping strategy for children to overcome it. This book combines personal and professional perspectives, using case examples as well as the authors’ own childhood experiences, to demonstrate practical strategies for use with children, from drama and storytelling to sculpting with clay. It also equips the reader with knowledge of the theory behind these intervention techniques.

This book will be a valuable resource for professionals working with traumatized children who have experienced loss, grief, relocation and other kinds of trauma.

Book details:

Empowering Children through Art and Expression  
Culturally Sensitive Ways of Healing Trauma and Grief   
Bruce St Thomas and Paul Johnson        
June 2007       
176 pages       
ISBN 978 1 84310 789 7  

ASA's Outstanding Literary Work of the Year: Parenting Across the Autism Spectrum - Unexpected Lessons We Have Learned 

Autism Society of America’s Outstanding Literary Work of the Year 2007

Jessica Kingsley Publishers are delighted to announce that Parenting Across the Spectrum: Unexpected Lessons We Have Learned, by Maureen F. Morrell and Ann Palmer is the 2007 winner of the Outstanding Literary Work of the Year award, presented by the Autism Society of America.

We are proud to have published this excellent book!

Maureen F. Morrell and Ann Palmer are raising two very different children: Justin, a whirlwind of activity and mood swings, who is supervised in a residential farm community, and Eric, quiet and passive, who lives independently at college. The authors give an account of the striking similarities as well as the stark differences in their experiences of parenting children at opposite extremes of the autism spectrum.

The two mothers speak openly about their children’s diagnosis and early childhood through to adolescence, young adulthood and the day they leave home. They give a moving account of the challenges they faced and the surprising consolations they found along their sons’ very different paths in life. Through their friendship and two decades of shared experiences of parenting an ASD child, each has gained a clear understanding of her own strengths and limitations, as well as those of her child.

Parenting Across the Autism Spectrum offers a personal perspective and practical guidance for parents at the start of their journey with autism, especially those whose children are newly diagnosed. It also provides useful insights for professionals working with individuals across the autism spectrum and their families. The book was elected the 2007 Autism Society of America’s Outstanding Literary Work of the Year.

Praise for the book:

‘As forthright and enabling as Dr. Spock.’
­ Kirkus Reviews

“With heavy dosages of courage and a fearless look into how autism has affected their lives, Ann and Maureen provide, in harmony and counterpoint, a model of how families can live with and help children with autism reach their potential to lead fulfilling and productive lives in what ultimately becomes a supportive environment for all.”
­ Stephen Shore, author of Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome and Board member of the Autism Society of America

‘…the authors’ unique perspectives are refreshing and empowering.’
-Autism Asperger’s Digest Magazine, May-June 2007

‘Useful not only to parents, but also offering professionals some helpful and occasionally chastening insights into family life where a child has autism.’
­ Current Awareness Service (BILD)

Book details:

Parenting Across the Autism Spectrum    
Unexpected Lessons We Have Learned      
Maureen F. Morrell and Ann Palmer       
220 pages       
ISBN 978 1 84310 807 8  

A Guide to Psychological Debriefing: Managing Emotional Decompression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Traumatic events strike unexpectedly and turn everyday experiences upside down. Frequently, people suffering such trauma cannot shake the experience and develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Psychological debriefing (PD) is a widely practised process used as an intervention for treating people who have been exposed to trauma. It allows people who have been exposed to trauma to re-examine the traumatic event in a safe and controlled environment, and reduces the risks of developing PTSD.

This book is a practical introduction to PTSD and psychological debriefing, and offers an enhanced model of PD which the author terms ‘Emotional Decompression’. Structured like a deep-sea dive, which has to include carefully planned safety stops on the way back to the surface to avoid getting ‘the bends’, this model provides time frames for how long to spend at various stages of the PD process, and when to stop for discussions and explanations. The focus is on aiding recovery from this ‘invisible injury’ over carefully structured time. The book presents a range of recovery models, from the ‘simple’ models developed by Williams and Horowitz to the more complex ‘Snakes and Ladders’ model developed by the author. Appendices include an essay by one of the world’s leading exponents of psychological debriefing, Atle Dyregrov, as well as case studies of debriefs completed by the author, including that of a survivor of the July 7th bombings in London.

A Guide to Psychological Debriefing is an essential book for health practitioners, counsellors, psychologists and professionals working with clients suffering from PTSD, as well as students.

Praise for the book:

‘David Kinchin pays special attention to setting up optimal conditions to facilitate emotional decompression. He takes into account that trauma reactions, primarily concerned with survival, are whole-system reactions, affecting both the body and mind. He also reminds us that the initial impact of the trauma is on physical structures in the brain, disrupting memory-processing capacity, which is designed to create space and time to heal … We should all pay a great deal of attention to what he says.’  ­ Professor Gordon Turnbull, Consultant Psychiatrist, University of Chester, Capio Nightingale Hospital, London and Ridgeway Hospital, Swindon, UK

Book details:

A Guide to Psychological Debriefing     
Managing Emotional Decompression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder     
David Kinchin   
Foreword by Professor Gordon Turnbull   
June 2007       
136 pages       
ISBN 978 1 84310 492 6  

At Home in the Land of Oz: Autism, My Sister, and Me

Anne’s sister Becky was born in 1958, long before most people had even heard of autism. Diagnosed with “emotional disturbance,” Becky was subjected for much of her childhood to well-meaning but futile efforts at “rehabilitation” or “cure,” as well as prolonged spells in institutions away from her family.

Painting a vivid picture of growing up in small-town America during the Sixties, Anne describes her sister’s and her own painful childhood experiences with compassion and honesty. Struggling with the separation from her sister and the emotional and financial hardships the family experienced as a result of Becky’s condition, Anne nevertheless found that her sister had something that “normal” people were unable to offer. Today she is accepting of her sister’s autism and the impact, both painful and positive, it has had on both their lives.

This bittersweet memoir will resonate with families affected by autism and other developmental disorders and will appeal to everyone interested in the condition.

Praise for the book:

“At Home in the Land of Oz tells the story of a family striving to keep a perilous balance while nurturing an autistic member. It is first of all just that, a story filled with suspense, humor, empathy, frustration, triumph and heartbreak. Anne Barnhill writes economically, cleanly, and frankly and her words will go to the heart of every reader. From her pages I learned that endurance can be the most important component of courage. And I learned in a most entertaining way.”
­ Fred Chappell, Bollingen Prize-winning author of I Am One of You Forever

“ …a story that deserves a far brighter and higher billing than the kind of easy, happy, feel good non-fiction that often tops best-seller lists. This is because her story deals with those quiet heroics that many families and individuals face while they hide away in pain and misunderstanding. In facing autism full on, Ms. Barnhill has demonstrated how humans can love each other in unspeakable ways, learning languages as well as contours of certain rooms of the heart that some of us are never fortunate enough to know.”
­ Clyde Edgerton, professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and author of Walking Across Egypt

“In this book about crossing barriers and making connections, Anne Barnhill gives us a vivid and wrenching account of her sister’s struggle with autism. It is a story of kinship, intimacy and affection, and one of the barriers it breaks through is with the reader, connecting us with the pain and victories of a life, a family.”
­ Robert Morgan, author of Gap Creek

Book details:

At Home in the Land of Oz       
Autism, My Sister, and Me       
Anne Clinard Barnhill   
224 pages       
ISBN  978 1 84310 859 7 

“If You Turned into a Monster”: Transformation through Play: A Body-Centred Approach to Play Therapy

“Draw me a picture of what you would look like if you turned into a monster.” Dennis McCarthy’s work with distressed or traumatized children begins with an exercise that is simple but very effective: he invites the child to communicate with him in their own way, through the non-verbal language of play.

Using case studies from his clinical experience and with numerous children’s monster drawings, McCarthy lets the meaningful self-expression of the child take centre stage. He demonstrates that being allowed to play, move and draw impulsively and creatively in the supportive presence of the therapist is in fact the beginning of the therapeutic process. These activities are shown to be more therapeutic for the child in practical terms than the interpretation of the clues it provides about the child’s state of mind.

This very accessible book will be inspiring reading for play therapists and other professionals working therapeutically with young children and their families.

Praise for the book:

I recommend this book not only to therapists who work with children but especially to parents and teachers... [T]his book pushes past the complexities of psychological theory and jargon... [I]t is rare to find a therapist who has the sensitivity and skill to create...a safe and sacred psychological space...in which children feel free to allow their monsters into the room... Dennis McCarthy clearly has this gift...”
­ from the foreword by Richmond K. Greene, Jungian analyst and former director of the C.G. Jung Institute in New York City

With a great deal of love, compassion, and wisdom Dennis McCarthy chronicles the lives and stories of children and their monsters in his book on transformation through play. The best stories always give specific details (this child, this particular situation, this problem) while also telling the universal stories which are meant for everyone, everywhere. This is that kind of important book of life stories.     
­ Gioia Timpanelli, author of Sometimes the Soul: Two Novellas of Sicily (Winner of the National Book Award) and “dean of American story telling”

I found Dennis McCarthy’s description of his energetic work with children fascinating reading. He has an unusual sensitivity and a solid comprehension of the emotional conflicts children have. His therapy is simple but highly effective based as it is on understanding the child’s need to discharge his negative aggressivity safely.
        I recommend this book to parents, teachers and child therapists. They will enjoy reading it as well as learning from it.
­ Dr. Alexander Lowen, creator of Bioenergetic Analysis and author of The Language of the Body

Book details:

“If You Turned into a Monster”  
Transformation through Play: A Body-Centred Approach to Play Therapy    
Dennis McCarthy 
Foreword by Richmond K. Greene  
June 2007       
160 pages       
ISBN: 978 1 84310 529 9 

Supporting the Child and the Family in Paediatric Palliative Care

Supporting the Child and the Family in Paediatric Palliative Care provides a comprehensive overview of good practice in caring for terminally-ill children, young people and their families.

Drawing from extensive personal experiences of working in paediatric palliative care, the author provides guidance on issues including symptom management and pain relief; cultural, religious and spiritual aspects of care; and the role of education for life-limited children. Addressing the importance of individual needs, the book looks at emotional, social and cognitive support at different stages of the illness, how parents and professionals can respond to children’s own questions about death, and the impact of life-limiting illness on the whole family ­ including grandparents and siblings. The material offers helpful suggestions on how to support families in making informed choices during distressing periods, such as where their child will die and how to prepare for the funeral.

This book is a practical and invaluable tool for nurses, paediatricians, hospice care staff, bereavement counsellors and all those caring for life-limited children.

Praise for the book:

‘This book is very timely in contributing to the future of this essential aspect of care for increasing numbers of our nation’s children... [It] contains a wealth of useful information and reflects innovative research findings from Acorn Children’s Hospices that raise key issues for future consideration.’
­ from the Foreword by Sheila Shribman

Book details:

Supporting the Child and the Family in Paediatric Palliative Care       
Erica Brown with Brian Warr     
Foreword by Dr. Sheila Shribman, National Clinical Director for Children, Young People and Maternity Services, Department of Health     
June 2007       
304 pages       
ISBN 9781843101819      

Asperger Syndrome and Bullying: Strategies and Solutions

Bullying is a serious problem for people with Asperger Syndrome (AS), both at school and in the workplace, and displaying “different” behavior, such as not understanding social rules or hand-flapping, exacerbates the risk of being victimized.

Writing in an accessible, informal style, the author describes the bullying behavior he and other individuals have experienced, and the effect this has had on their lives. He outlines the reasons for bullying behavior and the danger of persistent recurrence if it remains unchecked, as well as the critical importance of “involving the bystander”. Nick Dubin goes on to provide a range of effective strategies to address bullies and bullying that can be applied by parents, professionals, schools, and individuals being bullied. He stresses the importance of peer intervention, empathetic teachers, and verbal self-defense, and shows how lack of support, condemning of “tale telling,” or even blaming the victim reinforces bullying.

This book offers individuals with AS who are being bullied the opportunity to see that they are not alone, and it is an invaluable source of advice for parents, teachers, professionals and personnel managers.

Praise for the book:

‘Combining personal life experiences and those of others along with the acumen of a researcher, Nick Dubin introduces the reader to how the characteristics of Asperger Syndrome interplay with the social environment that makes these children and adults targets of bullying. In addition to clearly depicting the extent of the irreparable harm caused by bullying, he tells us how easily to recognize and stop this destructive behavior at the individual, in the classroom, and at school wide levels.’
­ Stephen M. Shore, Board of Directors of the Autism Society of America, the Asperger's Association of New England, and other related organizations

‘Not only will Asperger Syndrome and Bullying help former victims piece together the “why”s and “how”s of prior trauma, but educational professionals also are served well to read this book. For giving them much to choose from, Dubin meticulously outlines (and provides commentary on) every available community-based strategy and school program designed to combat those atmospheres that condone bullying. … His book is a wonderful addition to the growing literature currently investigating the environment of bullying, the culture of bullying, and the myths we once believed about it. … Asperger Syndrome and Bullying serves as a great sociological analysis, yes, but readers are provided an added layer ­ hearing a writer heal before our eyes.’
­ from the Foreword by Michael John Carley, executive director of GRASP, The Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership

Book details:

Asperger Syndrome and Bullying  
Strategies and Solutions        
Nick Dubin      
Foreword by Michael John Carley 
176 pages       
ISBN 978 1 84310 846 7  

Supportive Parenting: Becoming an Advocate for Your Child with Special Needs

When Jan Campito first entered the world of special needs, she trusted the experts to tell her what was wrong, and how to proceed to help her children.  Here she was, an articulate, well-educated person, usually confident in navigating whatever situations were required, and yet she became passive and trusting when it came to assuming people would tell her what was wrong with her children’s development and what to do to help them. As she realized more and more that no one else was stepping into the lead position to obtain appropriate help for her children, she realized that she needed to take on that responsibility. 

Since then, she has learnt to take an active role in advocating for her children, and helping meet their needs.  From procuring evaluations, to understanding what the diagnoses mean, to selecting therapies and therapists, to following through on therapies at home and targeting needs to be addressed, to helping formulate IEPs, and to monitoring and intervening in their school settings, she has become a comprehensive advocate for her children with special needs, and in this book Jan shares with other parents some of her experiences and some of what she has learnt in the process.

Praise for the book:

“Supportive Parenting is a wonderfully comprehensive and down-to-earth, practical resource that will help parents to traverse the rocky SD ‘terrain’. Jan Campito is to be commended for writing an even-handed and very helpful book.”
­ Diane Twachtman-Cullen, Ph.D., CC-SLP, Editor-in-Chief, Autism Spectrum Quarterly

“Parents of children with special needs often feel like they have been dropped in the middle of a dark and deep forest with no knowledge of how to find their way to a clearing. Supportive Parenting: Becoming an Advocate for Your Child With Special Needs is the GPS system that will lead them through the woods, around the pitfalls, over the obstacles, and beyond the fear and confusion. Jan Campito serves as an exceptionally competent guide, leading readers to a complete understanding of the intricacies and nuances surrounding the concerns and challenges society presents to our special needs kids. I wish I had had this book 15 years ago!”
­ Liane Holliday Willey EdD, author of Pretending to be Normal: Living with Asperger’s Syndrome

Book details:

Supportive Parenting    
Becoming an Advocate for Your Child with Special Needs  
Jan Starr Campito       
256 pages       
ISBN 978 1 84310 851 1  
£ 14.99/US$ 24.95       

Dictionary of Psychological Testing, Assessment and Treatment

The fully revised and updated second edition of this well-established reference provides over 400 new or improved terms, and is an exhaustive guide to the key terms used in psychological testing, assessment and measurement.

Over 3000 definitions offer clear explanations of statistical procedures commonly used in psychology; major psychometric and other psychological tests; categories of mental illness, mental disability, and brain damage; frequently used medical terms; basic neuroanatomy; and types of psychological therapies.

This book is suitable for all levels of understanding, from undergraduate and postgraduate students to practitioners of psychology and associated fields, with particular attention to statistical terms used in typical university syllabuses, as well as tests commonly available in computer packages and cited in psychological journals and similar publications.

Book details:

Dictionary of Psychological Testing, Assessment and Treatment   
Second Edition  
Ian Stuart-Hamilton     
288 pages       
ISBN 978 1 84310 494 0  
The Post-Qualifying Handbook for Social Workers

This handbook provides guidance for all practising social work professionals, and the staff who support them, on the post-qualifying (PQ) framework for social workers. The book introduces the framework and outlines how post-qualification accreditation and professional registration affect social workers.

Covering the theory and practice of social work, the Handbook provides a set of tools and resources that enable social workers to develop their practice while coping with the demands of operational duties. The book looks at working with a range of service user groups such as children, people with learning disabilities and young offenders, as well as examining common issues that social workers may encounter, such as inter-agency work, and issues such as loss and participation. Tackling the increased post-qualification training necessitated by the new framework, this handbook contains resources and materials to help practitioners continue their own professional development.    

This definitive guide is an invaluable resource for all practising qualified social workers, students and trainers, and educators.  

Praise for the book:

‘… [An] excellent and timely publication. It is clearly written despite the difference in authors and is consistent in style and presentation…very comprehensive covering areas that would normally be missed with PQ such as loss and the strategic approach to PQ.’
­ Graham Ixer, Head of Social Work Education, the General Social Care Council (GSCC)

‘This is a much-needed book on this increasingly important area of social work education and practice. It provides essential material for those studying on post-qualifying programmes, highlighting a wide range of practice areas, [and is] written in an engaging and accessible format by leading academics and experienced practitioners. The critically reflective approach is an important feature of the book, supporting the development of understanding and skills for transforming practice.’
­ Anne Quinney, Senior Lecturer, Bournemouth University; Academic Adviser, The Social Policy and Social Work centre of the Higher Education Academy (SWAP), and co-editor of Practice Journal

‘[This handbook contains] authoritative chapters that take the reader into informative, thought-provoking and challenging territory… this book will give plenty of material for the reader to engage with.’
­ Professor David Stanley, PhD AcSS, Chair in Social Care, School of Health, Community and Education Studies, Northumbria University

Book details:

The Post-Qualifying Handbook for Social Workers 
Edited by Wade Tovey    
July 2007, 296 pages, Paperback 
ISBN 978 1 84310 428 5  

The Nearest Relative Handbook

The role of nearest relative is complex and often misunderstood. This handbook offers an expert legal analysis of the role, the powers it carries and the limits of those powers.

When a person is subject to the Mental Health Act 1983, many of his or her principal rights are taken away. It is the function of the nearest relative to compensate for that loss. This very accessible book explains how the nearest relative is identified and what the role can involve, and it contains a wealth of case examples and illustrative scenarios. The book provides a succinct discussion of each significant case, and it incorporates all the very latest changes to the Mental Health Act and looks at areas where further changes might be made.

The Nearest Relative Handbook is the first full-length reference work to tackle this subject systematically and comprehensively. It will be an invaluable aid to those who find themselves in a professional relationship with a nearest relative, to those who are or wish to be a nearest relative, and to anyone needing to make sense of the relevant statutory provisions.

Book details:

The Nearest Relative Handbook   
David Hewitt    
July 2007, 192 pages, Paperback,        
ISBN 978 1 84310 522 0  

Competence in Social Work Practice: A Practical Guide for Students and Professionals

Since the publication of the first edition of this classic text, the major reforms in social work education resulted in the National Occupational Standards Framework (NOSF), which requires all social workers to demonstrate competence in a number of key areas.

This practical text book covers all areas of the NOSF including social work ethics, residential care practice, child protection, risk analysis and protecting adults with learning difficulties. Numerous case studies effectively convey competent practice in social work practice, and relate core areas of competence explicitly to the relevant section of the framework.

Professionals and students involved in social work training, as well as new practitioners will value this book as an indispensable resource.

Book details:

Competence in Social Work Practice: A Practical Guide for Students and Professionals    
Second edition          
Edited by Kieran O'Hagan        
July 2007, 256 pages, Paperback 
ISBN 978 1 84310 485 8  

Planning to Learn: Creating and Using a Personal Planner with Young People on the Autism Spectrum

Late intervention often means that young people on the autism spectrum appear to act on impulse, seem disorganized, or fail to learn from past experiences.

In this practical, effective resource, the authors share tried and tested techniques for creating and using a personal planner to help individuals on the autism spectrum to develop independence. 

Planning to Learn is split into three parts. The first part guides adults in helping young people to make sense of the world and to develop and practise coping strategies for any given situation. The authors also explain how simple visual and verbal cues can help people to cope successfully in stressful situations. The second part provides worksheets for the young person to complete to learn how to use plans in different situations, for example staying calm when waiting for a doctor, or coping with a change in the school timetable. Each individual makes a unique planner with procedures to refer to, such as responding to pressure, calming down, being organised, and being around people. The third part includes useful cards, schedules and plans for photocopying and including in the planner.

This illustrated photocopiable workbook is packed with guidance, support and helpful notes for those new to, or experienced in, working with children and young people with ASD. It can be used within educational and community settings or at home.

Book details:

Planning to Learn       
Creating and Using a Personal Planner with Young People on the Autism Spectrum  
Keely Harper-Hill and Stephanie Lord    
July 2007, 144 pages, Paperback 
ISBN 978 1 84310 561 9  

Intervention and Support for Parents and Carers of Children and Young People on the Autism Spectrum: A Resource for Trainers

The needs of parents and carers of children on the autism spectrum are not met by conventional parenting strategies. This resource for trainers and facilitators offers the best available knowledge and theories to help them develop an understanding of how their child perceives the world and ultimately improve their family life.

The manual is divided into ten sessions that introduce a topic related to autism and Asperger Syndrome, for example, ‘mindblindness’ and the social world, and strategies to manage individual behaviour. During each session parents are introduced to a new topic and are invited to participate in exercises and group discussions that serve to reinforce the key messages discussed earlier. Each session closes with recommended reading and ‘homework’.

This manual is a valuable resource for professionals working with parents of children and young people with autism and Asperger Syndrome and is an effective complement to How to Live with Autism and Asperger Syndrome: Practical Strategies for Parents and Professionals published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, which is referenced throughout the resource.

Book details:

Intervention and Support for Parents and Carers of Children and Young People on the Autism Spectrum     
A Resource for Trainers 
Barry Wright and Chris Williams 
July 2007, 256 pages, Paperback 
ISBN 978 1 84310 548 0  

Microanalysis in Music Therapy: Methods, Techniques and Applications for Clinicians, Researchers, Educators and Students

In the context of music therapy, microanalysis is the detailed analysis of that short period of time during a music therapy session during which some kind of significant change takes place. These moments are crucial to the therapeutic process, and there is increasing interest amongst music therapists in understanding how they come about and whether there are ways of initiating them.

The contributors to this groundbreaking book look at methods of micro process analyses used in a variety of music therapy contexts, both clinical and research-based. They  outline their methods, which include using video and audio materials, interviewing, and monitoring the client’s heart rate, and also give examples of the practical application of microanalysis from their clinical experience, including work with clients who have psychiatric illness, autism and other conditions.

Microanalyses in Music Therapy provides a wealth of important theoretical and practical information for music therapy clinicians, educators and students.

Book details:

Microanalysis in Music Therapy: Methods, Techniques and Applications for Clinicians, Researchers, Educators and Students        
Edited by Thomas Wosch and Tony Wigram  
Foreword by Barbara L. Wheeler  
2007, 328 pages, Paperback      
ISBN 978 1 84310 469 8  

Advance Directives in Mental Health: Theory, Practice and Ethics

An advance directive is a way of making a person’s views known if he or she should become mentally incapable of giving consent to treatment, or making informed choices about treatment, at some future time. Advance Directives in Mental Health is a comprehensive and accessible guide for mental health professionals advising service users on their choices about treatment in the event of future episodes of mental illness, covering all ideological, legal and medical aspects of advance directives.

Jacqueline Atkinson explains their origins and significance in the context of mental health legislation and compares advance directives in mental health with those in other areas of medicine like dementia or terminal illness, offering a general overview of the differences in the laws of various English-speaking countries. She explores issues of autonomy and responsibility in mental health and gives practical advice on how to set up, implement and change advance directives.

The book offers a useful overview of advance directives and is a key reference for all mental health professionals as well as postgraduate students, lawyers who work with mentally ill people, service users and their families and carers.

Book details:

Advance Directives in Mental Health: Theory, Practice and Ethics        
Jacqueline M. Atkinson  
2007, 216pp, Paperback, 
ISBN: 978 1 84310 4834  

Now in Paperback - Shattered Lives by Camila Batmanghelidjh

Shattered Lives bears witness to the lives of children who have experienced abuse and neglect, and highlights the effects of early traumatic episodes. Chapters take the form of letters to a child capturing their life experiences, hugely impacted by sexual abuse, parental substance misuse and loss, leading to feelings of shame, rejection and worthlessness.

Batmanghelidjh offers understanding for those baffled by these hard-to-reach children and warns against stigmatising them for their problem behaviour. In her critique of existing structures, she exposes the plight of children who are overlooked by the authorities and denounces those who value bureaucracy over the welfare of the individual child. Society’s failure to acknowledge the truth of their experiences and act to change the environment in which such mistreatment can flourish is, she strongly argues, leading to the death of childhood. The book is a clarion call for change.

Praise for the book:

‘In Shattered Lives: Children who live with courage and dignity, Camila Batmangheldjh rails against society’s fear and loathing of young people…[she] attempts to explain the vulnerability and defensiveness of these young people by revealing what lies behind their impenetrable, frightening masks.’
­ Times Educational Supplement, Book of the Week

‘This book is a must for everyone who is serious about understanding the plight of abused and neglected children. It is a clarion call to challenge the malaise in policy and practice and to do better for our children.’
­ Children Now

‘Anyone working with children in any capacity should read this book.’
­ Nursing Standard

‘The strength of Shattered Lives lies in Batmanghelidjh’s passionate conviction that these children have been unjustly treated, but can be reached through the redeeming powers of understanding and love.’
-Therapy Today

‘This book needs to be read by everybody, carers, politicians, teachers and those of us who think the problems of our society are nothing to do with us.’

‘Unusual and compelling, those professionals involved in working with children and making decisions on their lives ­ social workers, health visitors, psychologists and doctors, family and youth court magistrates, would gain much insight from reading this book.’
­ Magistrate magazine

‘Camila Batmanghelidjh’s Shattered Lives lays to rest many of the tabloid myths surrounding “feral children”. The author…introduces us to young people who have been severely damaged by neglect and abuse.’
­ Tribune

Book details:

Shattered Lives: Children Who Live with Courage and Dignity     
Camila Batmanghelidjh   
2007, 176 pages, Paperback      
ISBN 978 1 84310 603 6  


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