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A Practical Guide to Mental Health Problems in Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder – It’s not just their autism!

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Book - A Practical Guide to Mental Health Problems in Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder – It’s not just their autism!

by: Khalid Karim, Alvina Ali and Michelle O'Reilly

About the author:

Khalid Karim is a senior teaching fellow at the University of Leicester and a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist. As both the lead on ASD at Leicestershire Partnership Trust CAMHS (Child and Adult Mental Health Services) and the father of a child with autism and ADHD, Khalid understands the concerns and interests of professionals in this area and of parents and carers of autistic children.

Alvina Ali is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist with specialities including children with neuro-developmental difficulties. As the mother of a deaf son with autism, Alvina has a particular interest in mental health problems in deaf children and an understanding of the services available.

Michelle O'Reilly is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Leicester where her research covers many areas of child mental health, including ASD. Having a brother with ASD and his significant mental health problems have given her personal insight into this area.

ISBN: 978-1-84905-323-5

Year: 2013

Publication Info: 272pp


Exploring the relationship between ASD and mental health difficulties, this book offers practical guidance to help parents and professionals recognise and handle co-morbid conditions, and dispels the myth that they are just a part of autism.

The authors cover a wide range of common mental health problems experienced by children with ASD, including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), anxiety, ADHD, eating disorders, psychosis, stress, tics and depression, and illustrate these issues with case studies. They also provide vital advice in an accessible format and suggest strategies to ease the difficulties which arise from these co-morbid conditions.

This book is essential reading for professionals working with children on the autism spectrum and is an accessible and practical resource for parents and carers.



Abbreviations. Preface. Introduction. 1. Autistic Spectrum Disorder: An Introduction. 2. Mental Health: An Introduction. 3. Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Comorbid ADHD. 4. ASD and Comorbid Anxiety Disorders. 5. ASD and Comorbid Depression. 6. ASD and Tics or Tourette’s Syndrome. 7. ASD and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD). 8. ASD and Comorbid Eating Disorders. 9. ASD and Other Less Common Psychiatric Conditions. 10. Reducing Stress and Strategies that Help. 11. ASD and Sleep Problems. 12. Sensory Processing Problems and Executive Functioning Difficulties. 13. ASD and Self-Harm. 14. The Use of Therapies. 15. The Role of Different Professionals. Glossary of Terms. References.



This is a timely book, as there are few books that address the complex topic of mental health disorders and children with autism labels. At once, the authors provide the reader with practical examples, personalized stories, and clear descriptions of how to recognize and offer support to children with autism labels who experience mental health challenges. The authors take great care when describing the meanings of autism, normality, and mental health “disorders”, and offer parents and practitioners tangible ways to address daily challenges.


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