Eddie Chaplin, Lisa Underwood, Steve Hardy

Autism Spectrum Conditions


A guide

Autism Spectrum Conditions: A guide is a comprehensive introduction to working with people who have autism spectrum conditions.



Published in association with the Estia Centre, this guide provides a comprehensive introduction to working with people who have autism spectrum conditions (ASC). The book addresses the needs of people with ASC across the lifespan and range of intellectual functioning. Though the content is grounded in evidence-based practice and recent research, the text is intended to be as practical as possible, offering insight into the everyday lives of people with ASC and how staff can best support them.

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This is aimed at staff in social care and health services, families, carers and anyone else who supports people with autism spectrum conditions (ASC), with or without additional learning disabilities


ISBN: 9781908993427
Publisher: Pavilion Publishing and Media
Publication: 05 December 2013

Part 1: Clinical aspects relating to the assessment and treatment of autism spectrum conditions and co-morbid mental health problems:
Chapter 1: The assessment and diagnosis of autism spectrum conditions
Chapter 2: Autistic spectrum disorders: psychopathology and co-morbidity
Chapter 3: The use of medication and psychological treatments in autism spectrum conditions.

Part 2: Service development and transition in the context of current legislation and policy:
Chapter 4: Legislation and policy
Chapter 5: Autism spectrum conditions and services
Chapter 6: Transition
Chapter 7: Autism spectrum conditions in later life.

Part 3: Issues of diversity and personal experiences:
Chapter 8: Diversity and autism spectrum conditions
Chapter 9: Autism – A personal perspective
Chapter 10: A carer’s perspective
Chapter 11: Women with autism spectrum conditions.

Part 4: Communication and teaching new skills:
Chapter 12: Communication and interviewing
Chapter 13: Teaching skills
Chapter 14: Innovative technology-based interventions for people with autism spectrum disorders.

Part 5: Offending and risk: 
Chapter 15: Autism and offending
Chapter 16: Risk management in autism spectrum disorders
Chapter 17: Advances in autism research.


Eddie Chaplin is a research and strategy lead for the Behavioural and Developmental Psychiatry department at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and visiting researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. As a nurse, he has managed a number of national services for people with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Recently, he has developed courses and modules at postgraduate level in mental health in intellectual disability and forensic intellectual disability.

Steve Hardy was formerly the education and training lead at the Estia Centre, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. He is a registered nurse in learning disabilities and has worked in mental health and challenging behaviour services for people with learning disabilities for 20 years. He has widely published in these areas and he is the co-editor of the journal Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities.


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