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Working with Girls and Young Women with an Autism Spectrum Condition

Working with Girls and Young Women with an Autism Spectrum Condition

Fiona Fisher Bullivant


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This guide shows how clinicians can help girls and young women with ASC to reach their full potential, by adopting more relationship-based, individualised approaches. With contributions from young women about their experiences in clinical settings, the book reflects on what clinicians have done right and wrong to date, why girls and women with ASC are too often misunderstood, and how the culture of how clinicians work with them needs to change in order to achieve better results. In a concise and practical way, it covers how to better understand clients' needs and foster strong relationships through diagnosis, understanding comorbidities, sensory issues, self-harm, emotional regulation, assessments, interventions and strategies.
There are many ways in which a girl or woman may covertly express her Autism Spectrum Condition, and many ways in which she and her family need understanding and support. This practical, succinct and wise guide for clinicians provides advice on how to identify the female presentation of ASC, as well as how to adapt conventional individual and family therapy to accommodate the abilities and experiences of girls and women.
Tony Attwood, clinical psychologist and author
Fiona Fisher Bullivant is an Advanced Specialist Nurse Practitioner in ASC and ADHD working for CAMHS in Manchester. She has 30 years' experience in clinical practice.
This book is a practical and valuable addition to the literature on the female experience of autism. With both clinical approaches and the unique and insightful voices of young autistic women, it should be on every clinician's bookshelf.
Sarah Hendrickx, Autism Consultant, author and autistic adult

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Working with Girls and Young Women with an Autism Spectrum Condition: A Practical Guide for Clinicians by Fiona Fisher Bullivant 3
Acknowledgements 11
Introduction 13
1. Why Girls and Young Women with an Autistic Spectrum Condition? 15
2. Milly, Darcey and Esther 21
3. Beginning with Relationships 37
4. Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing 53
5. Diagnosis/Labels/Being Understood 63
6. Comorbidities 71
7. Assessments 89
8. Interventions and Strategies 99
9. Clinical and Service Culture Change 125
Conclusion 139
References 145
Index 147
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