Families of persons with ASD face significant challenges. A history of theoretical and treatment efforts which have indicted parents as instrumental to the development of their children's disorders has been replaced with clear statements regarding the biological basis of ASD. However, family influences may contribute to the management of ASD symptoms, and highlights from the literature on Expressed Emotion were discussed for their relevance to management of persons with ASD. Consideration of the deficits associated with the development of social cognition in persons with ASD was given in the service of fostering improved understanding of specific points of intervention. A review of the basic elements of the Lovaas (1987) method was presented as a foundation for understanding current trends in treatment. Suggestions for counselors of families of persons with ASD concluded the chapter.
Burkhardt, S. (2001), "Counseling issues for parents of children with autistic spectrum disorders", Wahlberg, T., Obiakor, F., Burkhardt, S. and Rotatori, A.F. (Ed.) Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Educational and Clinical Interventions (Advances in Special Education, Vol. 14), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 211-233. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0270-4013(01)80014-3Download as .RIS
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