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People with Autism Behaving Badly: Helping People with ASD Move On from Behavioral and Emotional Challenges [Kindle Edition]

John Clements
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Book Description

People with autism spectrum conditions may often behave in ways that cause difficulties for themselves and those who care for them. People with Autism Behaving Badly offers effective, long-term strategies to help resolve common problem behaviors such as physical aggression, self-injury, verbal abuse, rudeness and property damage. The book is organized around the common messages conveyed by behaviors 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 behaviors 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 behavioral or emotional challenges.

Editorial Reviews


'This book could prove a valuable resource for families of children and adults on the autistic spectrum, as well as the professionals working on them.'-'People on the autistic spectrum can often display challenging behaviour that has a significant impact on them, their family members and the wider community. This book provides readers with ideas of how to reduce the frequency and severity of such behaviour. It emphasises using what is already known about what does and doesn't work for an individual to guide thinking around this, and a number of exercises are included to help readers focus on what they want to do, why and how.'-'This is a thorough and thoughtful book which is designed to be used as a workbook rather than as a shelf text. It even has two appendices filled with exercises and logs that parents and carers can fill out as they trial the various approaches they choose. As the author says when talking about his book "It offers no magic answers or quick fix solutions. It is about the little things that can be done in everyday life to make things better. It is about using the insights and skills that families have, and working away patiently in a spirit of optimism."'- Autism Awareness'These chapters contain a wealth of information for family members about behavioural assessment and treatment, presented in accessible language. Constructing this kind of bridge from scientific literature to popular, self-help material is an unappreciated art, and Clements has done it capably.'- PsycCritiques'This is a great book for parents and professional alike, it offers long term practical strategies to deal with those behaviours which are so distressing for young people with asd and their families. Chapter one is entitled "read this chapter" - here every other chapter in the book is summarised enabling the reader to dip into the appropriate sections as required. Clements shows great empathy with families and gives case examples from his vast experience to illustrate each issue addressed. Having a child or young person in the family with challenging behaviours means that sometimes we get so wrapped up in surviving each day fire watching each situation, that we don't feel able to take a step back and look at where changes can be made. This book helps us to do just that. I would recommend that all families living with autism read it.'- Autism Matters'Writing primarily for families of individuals living within the autism spectrum, practitioner Clements gives practical ideas to help reduce the frequency and severity of those individual's undesired behaviours both in public and at home. Admitting that there are no magic answers, he advocates using what families have on their side naturally: optimism, insight, coping skills, and a unique understanding on the needs and behaviours of their family member. He describes how to pinpoint the problem, screen underlying causes, developing a systematic and consistent way of responding to the behaviours, getting into the specifics such as behavioural work, underlying issues, and medications. He includes worksheets and questions to research, learning logs, and a model for patient-doctor interactions.'- Book News'I would recommend this book to families who already know about autistic spectrum disorder, and who want to work towards overcoming difficulties relating to certain behaviours, writes Beth Billington. The language used is accessible and not too jargon-oriented, and the book is clearly laid out. I particularly like guidelines on how to use the book effectively, without having to read every page. The book is practically very useful, with suggestions for prioritising goals, practical ideas and case examples to illustrate concepts. The use of exercises and thinking points enables the reader to give it a go in the real world, in order to foster change. It explains why people with ASD may "behave badly", and each chapter outlines a theme explaining the reasons behind behaviours that, to "neurotypicals" (people not on the autistic spectrum) may seem inexplicable.'- Community Care

About the Author

John Clements is a clinical psychologist of over thirty years' standing, specializing 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 practice specializing in issues for people with developmental disabilities. He currently works as a behavior consultant in California, taking a particular interest in helping people with autism and their families. He has published several books, including Assessing Behaviors Regarded as Problematic for People with Developmental Disabilities and Behavioral Concerns, and Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Explanations and Strategies for Change, both also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1886 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers Ltd (April 30, 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0033PREFS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,040,740 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very helpful June 13, 2007
Most books I have gotten are written for parents of younger children with Autism. This book helps with the slightly older child (teenager). It has given me a new perspective on how to help my child. I highly recommend this book to all who deal with teens or even younger children with autism. It has really good ideas on how to deal with the behaviors.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good practical advice January 28, 2010
My son has Asperger's and I thought I had reached my quota of reading books on tips and the like regarding AS but seems not.
The title of this one grabbed me and the chapter titles told me it would be relevant to our situation, and it was.
It includes lots of wonderful practical advice, all bearing a hint of common sense and lots of advice to modify things to suit your own situation. I loved the way this was written; Clements has a lot of experience with families with a child with an ASD and he has a lot of understanding of the difficulties of implementing strategies in a consistent way; he reassures parents that it is OK to slip up, as long as you get over it and move forward; he also explains where consistency is most important and provides other strategies to use until you are able to be consistent - so at least something is being done.
He also emphasises that strategies often don't work smoothly in the "real world" due to the interference of life and that many strategies while explained as units are not mutually exclusive.
He acknowledges that interventions are long-term and hard work; which as a parent we know but it is still helpful to be told by a professional - no miracles are expected; it takes hard work and commitment. I wrote 5 pages of tips from it - so it had something going for it.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why you would buy this book. April 10, 2007
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If you are dealing with autisitic youths that have behavioural or emotional challenges.

If you are an educational professional.

It is worth 5 stars it gives you a good scaffold to design your own management plan for a student. With comprehensive background and strategies without wasting your time with fluff.

Why Not?

If you are a parent of an ASD child or teenager then this book may well be pitched to much at the education system.
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