My Cart:

0 item(s) - CA$0.00
You have no items in your shopping cart.

Catatonia, Shutdown and Breakdown in Autism

Catatonia, Shutdown and Breakdown in Autism

A Psycho-Ecological Approach

Dr Amitta Shah. Foreword by Dr Judith Gould

Quick Overview

Based on Dr Amitta Shah's 35 years of clinical and research experience, this practical book shows how to recognise and diagnose catatonia in people with autism. Written for professionals, friends and family, it gives a brand new psychological approach to support individuals with autism who have mild to moderate catatonia.
Details Price Qty
Paperback / softback
2019, 8.98in x 5.98in / 228mm x 152mm, 160pp
ISBN: 9781785922497

Out of stock

2019, ePUB
ISBN: 978-1-78450-531-8
?  About our Ebooks


This ground-breaking book provides the first detailed clinical analysis of the various manifestations of catatonia, shutdown and breakdown in autistic individuals, with a new assessment framework (ACE-S) and guidance on intervention and management strategies using a psycho-ecological approach. Based on Dr Amitta Shah's lifetime of clinical experience in Autism Spectrum Disorders, and her research in collaboration with Dr Lorna Wing, this much needed book will be a valuable resource for professionals, autistic individuals and their families and carers.


'This book will change your life if you have struggled with difficulties in starting, stopping or controlling actions. Pioneering psychologist Amitta Shah, explores these troublesome features of autism, never documented in such vivid detail before. She tells what they mean, how they can be assessed, and what can be done about them.'
- Uta Frith DBE, Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Development, University College London

'This is a wise and compassionate book, informed by clinical experience and a deep commitment to working with autistic individuals affected by catatonia, a perplexing and enigmatic condition. Through case vignettes, the various manifestations of the condition are revealed together with a psycho-ecological approach to management.'
- Dr Sarah Lister Brook, Clinical Director, NAS

'Amitta Shah's important book fills a much-needed gap on an aspect of autism that has been neglected and misunderstood for decades. Dr Shah builds on her vast clinical experience of over 30 years to provide a wonderfully clear analysis of these states, including identifying anxiety and stress as potential causal triggers, as well as these states being possible effects of inappropriate medication. Her book will help families, autistic people, and clinicians be alert to such states, and know how to provide effective help and support. This book will be a hugely valuable resource and will reduce the risks of misdiagnosis.'
- Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, Director, Autism Research Centre, Cambridge University

'We have been identifying catatonia in adolescents and adults with autism for nearly 20 years, yet this is the first comprehensive book to describe how to evaluate the many expressions of catatonia, and outline an approach to alleviate the debilitating characteristics. Clinicians, families and those who have autism will now have a much clearer idea of what to do.'
- Tony Attwood, author of The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome and Asperger's Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals


By (author): Amitta Shah