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An Introduction to Autism for Adoptive and Foster Families

An Introduction to Autism for Adoptive and Foster Families

How to Understand and Help Your Child

Katie Hunt and Helen Rodwell

Quick Overview

Practical advice and recommendations on how to parent a child with autism for adoptive parents and foster carers. This book is split into two sections - the first details what autism is, and the second looks at the particular issues it can cause for an adopted or fostered child. The perfect introductory guide for busy parents and carers.
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Paperback / softback
2018, 8.43in x 5.35in / 214mm x 136mm, 248pp
ISBN: 9781785924057
2018, ePUB, 192pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-759-6
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Written for busy foster carers and adoptive parents, this book provides a concise introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and how to support a child with a diagnosis. It emphasises the common strengths children with ASD have, as well as offering strategies for any behavioural issues that are likely to arise, highlighting how these can be exacerbated by the care system and adoption process.

The first part of the book looks at the different aspects of autism and the challenges it can pose for children and parents, providing strategies for managing difficulties at home and at school, using social stories, and reducing sensory input in a child's environment. The second part looks at issues that arise for fostered or adopted children, including placement transitions, contact, and explaining the past. It concludes with helping parents to think about self-care.


'Adoption UK regularly supports adoptive parents who are struggling to decide whether their children has autism or an attachment disorder and what difference those two diagnosis might mean. This book will be invaluable to them as it provides a really helpful and simple description of how autism can present in different children, and how this can be similar to attachment difficulties. This book will help parents to get to know their child and their autism. It provides lots of real life examples and explores issues specific to adoption - such as moving from fostering to adoption. It will be invaluable bedside reading for many adopters.'
- Ann Bell, Adoption UK

'As an specialist autism professional, an adopter and an ex-foster carer, I found this book is a joy to read! It is rare that a book by professionals is so accessible. It will be a great resource for support workers, teaching assistants, care staff and professionals who want a book about autism and attachment that they can read easily, rather than academic text books.'
- Heather Moran, Consultant Child Clinical Psychologist, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust, NHS UK Author of the Coventry Grid

'Accessibly written and fantastically informative. The authors bring clarity and certainty to what is often a misunderstood and inaccessible word and present it in an easy and relatable form.'
- Al Coates MBE, Social Worker/Trainer/Speaker


By (author): Katie Hunt, Helen Rodwell