Autism Spectrum Disorders in Adolescents and Adults: Evidence base Interventions

Autism Spectrum disorders in adolescents and adults: evidence-based and promising interventions


As an Educational Psychologist working in Hong Kong parents often request information about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) which are sometimes referred to as autistic spectrum condition. The above book title seems a good choice according to a recent review.


To discuss a complex condition like autistic spectrum condition (ASC) in such a comprehensive and compassionate manner is both uplifting and inspiring as it works on a “strengths of ASC” perspective throughout the book.  What this book does really well is view clients with an ASC holistically and takes a “life-span” approach covering 14 chapters, including: how high functioning clients differ in their needs, co-morbidity, family roles throughout life of an adult with ASC, making the transition from education to post education employment, legal issues that can affect ASC clients, and interventions for managing unhelpful ASC behaviours.  The case studies and research included in the book highlight the need for a change in attitude toward ASC from something to be seen as a condition needing to be wholly dependent on services and family to support them, to taking a more ”self-determined” approach through behaviour and communication skills training.

The book uses the acronym HFASD to mean a high functioning autistic spectrum disorder and discusses ASD mainly to describe higher functioning adults, which could be confusing and misleading to readers who are not aware that ASD can cover a whole range of ability and functioning.  Asperger’s Syndrome is another term used for High functioning persons on the spectrum. Clarification of interchangeable diagnostic terminology at the beginning of the book would have been helpful.

The book’s “life-span” approach would make it more than suitable for staff who are working in social care with transition clients or for occupational therapists who have ASC clients on their caseloads as the book discusses strategies and interventions that could be helpful when considering education, employment or independent living skills e.g. Ziggurat Model or CAPS(Comprehensive Autism Planning System).

As the book is written for a North American audience, some of the educational plans and policies would have to be adapted to their UK equivalent.