Autism and Language

RKelaher by Chris Kelaher

In recent decades the number of children being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has increased substantially. While the reason(s) for this increase and the best course of action are still in debate, there has been a considerable increase in public awareness of the condition, thanks in part to organizations such as Autism Speaks and the Autism Society, as well as institutions such as Autism Awareness Month.

language-autismSocial interaction deficit and language impairment are common characteristics of ASD. But the precise nature of this disorder’s impact on language development is not well understood. Innovative Investigations of Language in Autism Spectrum Disorder, a recent release from APA Books that is part of the Language and Human Lifespan Series, a collaboration between APA Books and DeGruyter Mouton, will help psychologists, linguists, sociologists, and neuroscientists better understand the complicated relationship between autism and language.

Led by developmental psychologist Letitia R. Naigles of the University of Connecticut, contributors to Innovative Investigations come from a range of fields. Examining both spoken and written domains of communication, they employ innovative techniques to explore the language-ASD relationship. Is the variability of language development and use seen in children with ASD the function of a specific language, so that some linguistic domains are more vulnerable to ASD than others? Or is the variability a function of the individual, such that some characteristics predispose those with ASD to have varying levels of difficulty with language? Naigles and her colleagues provide detailed information about language development, processing, and production among children diagnosed with ASD.

APA Books is no stranger to this topic. Related titles include 2014’s Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children and Adolescents: Evidence-Based Assessment and Intervention in Schools (edited by Lee Wilkinson) and V. Mark Durand’s Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Clinical Guide for General Practitioners (2014).

 

all-my-stripesMagination Press, APA’s children’s book imprint, published Russell’s World: A Story for Kids about Autism in 2011, and in 2015 Magination released All My Stripes: A Story for Children With Autism.

 

APA Videos on the topic include 2006’s Autism Spectrum Disorders, in which Dr. James A. Mulick demonstrates his approach to counseling children with autism and related disorders, such as Asperger’s. More recently, in 2015, APA Videos produced Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, in which Durand (University of South Florida St. Petersburg) demonstrates his positive parenting approach to working with mothers and fathers of children who have been diagnosed with ASD.

 

October Releases From APA Books!

language-autismInnovative Investigations of Language in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Edited by Letitia R. Naigles

In recent decades, a growing number of children have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a condition characterized by, among other features, social interaction deficits and language impairment. Yet the precise nature of the disorder’s impact on language development is not well understood, in part because of the language variability among children across the autism spectrum. The contributors to this volume—experts in fields ranging from communication disorders to developmental and clinical psychology to linguistics—use innovative techniques to address two broad questions: Is the variability of language development and use in children with ASD a function of the language, such that some linguistic domains are more vulnerable to ASD than others? Or is the variability a function of the individual, such that some characteristics predispose those with ASD to have varying levels of difficulty with language development and use?

 

supervision-emotion-focusedSupervision Essentials for Emotion-Focused Therapy

by Leslie S. Greenberg and Liliana Ramona Tomescu

The authors introduce a model of supervision that is founded on the fundamental principles of emotion-focused therapy (EFT): a safe supervisory alliance and relationship, an agreed-upon focus for each supervision session, and the identification of appropriate task markers (moments of uncertainty that present opportunities for supervisory intervention). Together, EFT supervisors and supervisees carefully deconstruct recorded therapy sessions, with moment-by-moment processing of the supervisee’s responses and emotional understanding.  Through close observation, supervisors enable trainees to develop seeing, listening, and empathic skills, as they become more attuned to both verbal and non-verbal cues that indicate clients’ emotional responses.

 

 

supervision-integrativeSupervision Essentials for Integrative Psychotherapy

by John C. Norcross and Leah M. Popple

This book presents integrative supervision applicable to integrative and single-system psychotherapy alike. Distinctive features include its synthesis of supervisory methods aligned with multiple theoretical traditions, a research-informed fit of supervision to the individuality of the supervisee, its insistence on frequent feedback from both clients and trainees, and a modeling of the philosophical pluralism and pragmatic flexibility of integration itself. In reviewing videotaped therapy sessions, integrative supervisors offer key insights into common problems, demonstrate how to adjust treatment to clients’ transdiagnostic needs, and guide trainees to clinical competence.

 

  

trauma-meaning-spiritualityTrauma, Meaning, and Spirituality

Translating Research into Clinical Practice

by Crystal L. Park, Joseph M. Currier, J. Irene Harris, and Jeanne M. Slattery

Trauma represents a spiritual or religious violation for many people. Survivors attempt to make sense out of painful events, incorporating that meaning into their current worldview in either a harmful or a more helpful way. This volume helps mental health practitioners—many of whom are less religious than their clients—understand the important relationship between trauma and spirituality, and how to best help survivors create meaning out of their experiences.  Drawing on relevant theories and research, the authors present a new conceptual framework, the Reciprocal Meaning-Making Model, demonstrating how it can guide both assessment and treatment. Through the use of case material, the authors examine a range of spiritual views, traumas, and posttraumatic reactions that are reflective of the population as a whole rather than targeting only specific religions or cultural perspectives.   Given the lack of scientific literature on the topic, this book fills an important gap, and will appeal to clinicians and researchers alike.

Autism Awareness

In 2007 the United Nations designated April 2 as annual World Autism Awareness Day. This year’s event kicks off National Autism Awareness Month in the United States. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) commands a great deal of public attention, is the source of considerable controversy, and is the subject of copious scientific research. The American Psychological Association and its individual members have long been involved in researching, explaining, and treating ASD, and APA Books has played an important role in that endeavor. Here is just a partial sampling of our relevant titles.

Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Clinical Guide for General PractitionersAutism Spectrum Disorder: A Clinical Guide for General Practitioners

In 2013 we released V. Mark Durand’s Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Clinical Guide for General Practitioners. Durand, a professor of psychology at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, provides background on ASD and outlines decision points that help clarify when a clinician has the requisite skills to help and when a referral is needed to someone with more specialized training. He then examines the types of specialized assistance available.

 

 

 

 

Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children and AdolescentsAutism Spectrum Disorder in Children and Adolescents: Evidence-Based Assessment and Intervention in Schools

In 2014 APA Books released Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children and Adolescents: Evidence-Based Assessment and Intervention in Schools, edited by Lee Wilkinson. Part of our “Applying Psychology in the Schools” Series, this timely book presents up-to-date research and evidence-based tools for accurate assessment and intervention. It also features a primer on ASD-related litigation issues and discusses relationships between special education law, provision of services, and placement decisions. The New England Psychologist said: “Wilkinson has fashioned a very good book for ASD school practitioners, with commendable interdisciplinary appeal and a much needed dose of empiricism.”

 

Russell's World: A Story for Kids About AutismRussell’s World: A Story for Kids About Autism

In 2011 Magination Press, our publishing line for young people, produced Russell’s World: A Story for Kids About Autism. It tells how a real-life boy and his family experience ASD and how they handle the challenges it presents. It presents concrete information about ASD and provides parents with guidance on supporting children with autism and their siblings, getting services, and taking time for self-care.

 

 

“Supportive without sugarcoating, this realistic account of a disorder that affects so many contains at its core a raw emotional heart.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Extensive back matter offers suggestions for parents with autistic children and provides an update on Russell (now an adult) and his family. An accessible introduction to the outward behaviors often associated with autism.”—Publishers Weekly