Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Clinical Handbook

ISBN : 9780190624828

Nicholas W. Gelbar
344 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Dec 2017
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Adolescence is a challenging stage for all individuals, especially for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Individuals with ASD face increased social isolation and engage in more challenging behaviors during adolescence. They also experience increased mental health challenges including anxiety and depression, and they are among the least likely of any disability group to attend college, be competitively employed, or live independently. At the same time, adolescents with ASD face a major shift in available services and support as they exit the K-12 educational system. The need to present what is known about this group in order to inform clinicians, researchers, and educators cannot be understated. Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder synthesizes current science on adolescents and young adults with ASD in order to inform mental health practitioners and education professionals who work directly with these individuals. While early childhood interventions for ASD have been extensively developed and tested, research on adolescents and young adults with ASD has lagged behind until recently. This comprehensive handbook can be utilized to train students and professionals in applied mental health roles. The handbook includes three sections: Part I reviews diagnosis and treatment of adolescents with ASD; Part II details how to support their educational needs; and Part III discusses special populations including college students and young women. Chapters highlight recommendations for clinicians and include study questions and additional resources.


Part I. Diagnosis and Treatment of Adolescents with ASD; Chapter 1: The Challenge of Entering Adulthood for Individuals with ASD; Nicholas W. Gelbar and Daniel T. Volk; Chapter 2: Efficacious Treatments for Common Psychiatric Challenges in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder; Lisa A. Nowinski, Alyssa Milot, Alanna Gold, and Christopher J. McDougle; Chapter 3: Executive functions in adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder; Yael Dai and Inge-Marie Eigsti; Chapter 4: Anxiety in Adolescents and Adults with ASD; Micah O. Mazurek; Chapter 5: Cognitive Behavioral Approaches for Treating Adolescents with ASD; Caitlin M. Conner, Lindsey DeVries, and Judy Reaven; Part II. Supporting Educational Needs of Adolescents with ASD; Chapter 6: Self-Determination and the Transition to Adulthood for Youth and Young Adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder; Michael L. Wehmeyer and Karrie A. Shogren; Chapter 7: Supporting Strong Transitions for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder; Erik W. Carter; Chapter 8: Employment Training for Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder; David W. Test, Debra G. Holzberg, Kelly Clark, Misty Terrell, and Dana E. Rusher; Chapter 9: Teaching Skills to Adolescents Using Applied Behavior Analysis; John Molteni; Chapter 10: Managing Challenging Behavior in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder; Maya Matheis, Jasper A. Estabillo, and Johnny L. Matson; Part III. Special Populations of Adolescents with ASD; Chapter 11: Supporting College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder; Nicholas W. Gelbar; Chapter 12: Young Women on the Autism Spectrum; Meng-Chuan Lai, Stephanie H. Ameis, and Peter Szatmari; Chapter 13: Conclusion; Nicholas W. Gelbar

About the author: 

Nicholas W. Gelbar, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in Community Medicine and Health Care at the University of Connecticut Health Center and serves as the Research Director at the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). Dr. Gelbar earned his PhD from the University of Connecticut in Educational Psychology with a concentration in School Psychology. He is also a licensed psychologist whose clinical and research work focus on adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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