'This new emphasis in the field on the more able group with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is an important one for researchers and practitioners so this comprehensive book is a welcome addition to the literature. The editor has assembled a distinguished group of contributors, representing a wide range of disciplines and perspectives. The result is a comprehensive volume that adds immeasurably to our understanding of theory and practice in this important area. Although the contributors are primarily Canadian, their themes and reputations are international, and readers will appreciate the multitude of experiences they bring to these important issues. Clinical practice is highlighted but there is a solid section on theoretical perspectives as well. Of particular interest to many are the personal perspectives of individuals with ASD and their parents. The book will be of interest to parents, professionals, academics, and everyone else affected by or interested in ASD. It is a welcome addition to the literature and the editor and contributor are to be thanked for their efforts.' - Gary B. Mesibov, Ph.D., Professor & Director, Division TEACCH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill --Gary B. Mesibov, Ph.D., Professor & Director, Division TEACCH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
About the Author
For 25 years, Kevin P. Stoddart has worked with children, young people, adults and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), mental health issues and developmental disabilities. For the last 15 years, people with mild ASDs and Asperger Syndrome have been his clinical focus. He has worked primarily in community treatment settings where he has provided individual and family psychotherapy and now has a private psychotherapy and consultation practice in Toronto. He has carried out research and published on ASDs and other developmental disabilities, and presented papers in Canada and the USA. Stoddart's research and publications in ASDs center on understanding the clinical needs of individuals with ASDs and their families. He received his doctorate in Social Work from the University of Toronto and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Asperger Society of Ontario.