Book review: Autism Supporting Difficulties
This book encourages parents see why gently supporting change and variation can help children with autism.
Autism Supporting Difficulties: Handbook of Ideas to Reduce Anxiety in Everyday Situations
Gaynor M Jackson | Troubador | £8.99 | 96pp | ISBN: 9781785893872
This is a short and practical book written by a teacher for parents of children with autism .
It includes chapters on aspects of daily life, such as purchasing new clothes, going to the dentist, toilet training, socialising, sensory sensitivities, hair washing and using public transport.
Each chapter discusses the possible reasons for a difficulty and provides practical suggestions about how to overcome it.
The book encourages parents see why gently supporting change and variation can help children with autism.
I would recommend it as part of a package of professional support. However, the book offers little background information about autism and I would advise caution against nurses recommending it without ensuring parents understand its the key concepts, including sensory integration and communication difficulties.
It makes some reference to specialist assessment, but if nurses are using this book with parents, they should ensure service users have access to appropriate specialist and individualised multidisciplinary assessment because some of the suggested approaches may be contraindicated in some individuals.
Reviewed by Jo Ball, senior occupational therapist, St James Hospital, Portsmouth, Hampshire