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Autism – The Search for Coherence

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Book - Autism – The Search for Coherence

by: Edited by John Richer and Sheila Coates

About the author:

John Richer is Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Paediatrics at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. He has been involved in the field of autism for thirty years, first in research and now in clinical practice.

Sheila Coates is Head of Service for Autism, Oxford. She has worked in the field of autism since the early seventies and was instrumental in setting up the Chinnor Project, now known as the Chinnor Resource Units for Autistic Children.

ISBN: 978-1-85302-888-5

Year: 2001

Publication Info: 532pp


Autism – The Search for Coherence takes a multidisciplinary approach to autism, its causes and treatments, bringing together contributors from different fields – psychology, medicine, education, biology – from around the world. The very latest scientific and clinical research is presented and discussed by experts, and questions such as the structure of thought and the nature of autism are analysed. Parents and teachers describe practical strategies which have proved successful and give their views of the treatments currently available.

Autism – The Search for Coherence shares the knowledge accumulated by all fields studying autism to provide a greater coherence to our understanding of it. It is a significant contribution to the literature, and will be welcomed by all those working with autistic people.



Introduction: The search for coherence, John Richer and Sheila Coates. MECHANISMS AND PROCESSES. 1. Editorial: Mechanisms and processes, John Richer and Sheila Coates. 2. An ethological approach to autism: From evolutionary perspectives to treatment, John Richer. 3. The insufficient integration of self and other in autism, John Richer. 4. Attachment in children with autism, Nurit Yirmiya, Israel, and Marian Sigman, Los Angeles. 5. Neuropsychology of `mind’, Dermot Rowe and Linda Crawford, Oxford. 6. Why success is more interesting than failure: Understanding assets and deficits in autism, Francesca Happ, London. 7. Evidence for central coherence: Children with autism do experience visual illusions, Iain Garner, Sheffield and David Hamilton, Australia. 8. Autistic children’s talk about mental states at school and home: An empirical investigation, Sophia Mavropoulou, Greece. PHYSIOLOGY/MEDICINE. 9. Editorial: Approaches to the physiology of autism, John Richer and Sheila Coates. 10. Early intervention in autistic disorders, Michele Zappella, Siena. 11. Complementary medicine in autistic disorders: Results from the application of a working hypothesis, Edward Danczak, Manchester. MEETING OF MINDS. 12. Editorial: Meeting of minds, John Richer and Sheila Coates. 13. The relationship is the thing, Sheila Coates. 14. The young autistic child: Reclaiming non-autistic potential through interactive games, Sibylle Janert, London. 15. Play, performance, symbols and affect, Dave Sherratt, Yorkshire. 16. Facilitated communication at the Chinnor Resource Unit: A journey Lydia Otter and Emma Masefield, Oxford. THERAPY. 17. Editorial: Therapy, John Richer and Sheila Coates. 18. The Tavistock autism workshop approach: Assessment, treatment and research, Susan Reid and Anne Alvarez with Anthony Lee, London. 19. Integrative play in children with autism and Asperger Syndrome, Lalli Howell, Oxford. 20. ‘I have a song – let me sing’: Relating part of a journey through music therapy with an autistic boy, Auriel Warwick, Oxford. 21. The pragmatics of language: Remediating the central deficit for autistic 2-3-year-olds, Elizabeth Newson, Nottingham. 22. Duality of function of language in communication with people with autism, Ryuji Kobayashi, Japan. 23. Behaviour management of children with autism: Educational approaches in Fukuoka University of Education, Keiko Notomi, Japan. 24. Coding of active sociability in pre-schoolers with autism (CASPA), Charlotte Hyde, Dawn Wimpory and Susan Nash, Wales. SERVICES. 25. Editorial: Services, John Richer and Sheila Coates. 26. The Chinnor Unit, Richard Brooks, Oxford. 27. Help me get started: An overview of effective teaching strategies to encourage initiation and independence, Jennifer Cantello-Daw, Toronto. 28. The state of the problem of autism in the Ukraine, Olga Bogdashina, Ukraine. 29. Quality management and staff training throughout health services to meet the health needs of clients within the autistic spectrum, Wendy Tucker, Nottingham. PERSONAL STORIES. 30. Editorial: Personal stories, John Richer and Sheila Coates. 31. Coherence from the fragments: An assessment of home programmes and other influences on a 14-year-old boy with autism and its implications, Julia V. Stuart, London. 32. Parents’ perceptions of autism: A qualitative study, Rachel Tams, Wales. 33. A home-based applied behavioural analysis (ABA or Lovaas) programme: A personal view, Alan Watkins, Southampton. 34. In the balance: The Lovaas experience, John Lubbock, Oxford. 35. Autism – an inside view, Marc Fleisher, Oxford. 36. Summary, Sheila Coates. Index.



Bringing together scientific, therapist, teacher, and first person accounts, this book helps to lead the reader to a re-evaluation of beliefs about autism and to consider the range of perspectives in forming their own personal coherence. This process would be of value to a researcher designing a study and to any person directly involved in the care of those with autism. Finally, this book may also be of interest to new students wishing to gain a broad, current view of the area and to parents of children with autism.


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