Stress and Coping in Autism

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Oxford University Press, 2006 - Psychology - 457 pages
This important volume provides a theoretical framework for the usefulness of the stress construct in understanding and treating autism. Contributions by researchers, clinicians, teachers and persons living with autism illustrate how stress influences the lives of persons with autism; how those touched by autism cope with stress; and how clinicians, teachers and caregivers can reduce the impact of stress in autism.

The authors explore how stress contributes to the physiological, psychological, and overt behavioral manifestations of autism. Narratives by individuals with autism, family members, clinicians, and a musician help the reader to understand in a rich and unique way the role and impact stress can have in the life of people living with autism and also highlight creative coping strategies over a lifetime. Clinicians and educators offer a range of intervention and instructional strategies to reduce stress and to prevent or alleviate anxiety and other disruptive responses inherent in autism. This volume's biological, psychological and social perspectives on stress and autism reflect many modes of inquiry and types of information. Stress, Coping and Autism will be of great help to mental health professionals, researchers and caregivers alike.
 

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Contents

Assessment and Coping Strategies
15
Scientific Foundations for Research and Practice
42
A Personal Account
71
A Collaboration
82
A Celebrated Slave Pianist Coping with the Stress
96
EMERGING PATHWAYS FOR THE STUDY OF STRESS COPING
127
with Autism
205
Therapist Insights in Working with Stress in People with Autism
246
Stress and Coping among Family Members of Individuals
277
Communication and Stress in Students with Autism
302
The Key to Teaching
324
Aspergers Syndrome and Problems Related to Stress
351
The Experience of Bereavement for those with
371
Diagnosis and Treatment of Anxiety Disorders in Individuals with
388
Index
441
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M. Grace Baron is at Wheaton College. June Groden is at University of Rhode Island.

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