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A Guide to Mental Health Issues in Girls and Young Women on the Autism Spectrum

A Guide to Mental Health Issues in Girls and Young Women on the Autism Spectrum

Diagnosis, Intervention and Family Support

Dr Judy Eaton

Quick Overview

Girls with autism require tailored support for dealing with mental health issues. This book offers interventions specifically for supporting girls with their mental health, by looking at looking at how girls are assessed and diagnosed for autism, and explaining which mental health conditions girls with autism most frequently experience.
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Paperback / softback
2017, 8.90in x 5.91in / 226mm x 150mm, 240pp
ISBN: 9781785920929
2017, ePUB, 240pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-355-0
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This book addresses the specific mental health needs of girls and young women with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Looking at the ways autism presents differently in girls than in boys, and the mental health conditions that occur most frequently in girls with ASD, this is the essential guide for clinicians and educators on tailoring interventions and support to meet girls' needs.

Describing the current assessment process for autism diagnosis, the book explains why girls are under- or mis-diagnosed, leading to later mental health issues. It outlines the types of intervention that are particularly helpful for working with girls to reduce anxiety, improve social interaction skills, and manage self-harm. The book also covers how to manage eating disorders and feeding difficulties, focusing on working with girls with sensory processing difficulties. There is advice on how to deal with the emotional impact on parents, carers and families, and the challenges they face when negotiating appropriate psychological and educational support.


'This book provides an excellent synthesis of research, diagnostic frameworks and personal perspectives of girls and their families written in a very accessible style. I would recommend it to anyone working with or living with girls and young women on the autism spectrum.'
- Ruth Fidler, Education Consultant, Autism Associates

'The author shines a light on the less well-understood or more complex presentations of autism, including pathological demand avoidance, in this insightful, compassionate and practical book. Combining the latest research, years of direct clinical experience and detailed individual stories, this much-needed book will be invaluable for families and professionals.'
- Trustees of the PDA Society

'An excellent book by a knowledgeable author. It is easy to read and understand, and answered many of the questions I had about autism spectrum disorders. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning more about this topic.'
- Dr Olumide Kuti, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, The Huntercombe Hospital Norwich


By (author): Judy Eaton