Editors Stephen M. Edelson and Jane Botsford Johnson

A comprehensive, authoritative resource on understanding and resolving self-injurious behavior (SIB) in people with autism and related conditions with contributions by top experts from several disciplines. This book offers guidance for parents and practitioners on understanding and treating self-injury in autism (ASD). With contributions by top experts, the book explains various forms of self-injury, discusses the treatment options available, including medical, psychiatric and nutritional treatments, and considers the effectiveness of integrated approaches.
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On Understanding and Treating Self-Injurious Behavior in ASD

An essential resource for parents, teachers, and health care providers who work with individuals with self-injurious behavior. — Temple Grandin, author of Thinking in Pictures and The Autistic Brain

The root of self-injurious behaviour can be different for each person on the autism spectrum. An individualized approach, considering all options and combinations of treatments, provides the best chance for a healthy and happy life. This book is long overdue. — Laurie Mawlam, Executive Director, Autism Canada

This is a “must read” book for all practitioners who interact with families affected by autism. Many of the authors whom Dr. Edelson has brought together in this impressive volume have dedicated much of their adult lives to the treatment of people with autism, and they know just how devastating and difficult to treat self-injurious behavior can be. While it is important to study the causes of ASD, it is equally important to identify and treat co-occurring conditions that jeopardize the longevity and quality of life of affected individuals. This is an important step in bringing awareness to the larger community about self-injurious behavior as a critical issue in ASD. — David G. Amaral, Ph.D., Research Director, The MIND Institute

Self-injurious behaviors, a not-uncommon family of conditions in autism, vary in severity and are sometimes very damaging to the body. Typically, they are difficult to treat. Understanding and Treating Self-Injurious Behavior in Autism, edited by Dr. Stephen M. Edelson and Jane Botsford Johnson, is an important effort to advance knowledge regarding these poorly understood and challenging behaviors that receive inadequate scholarly attention. In this volume, Edelson and Johnson insightfully bring together experts from diverse clinical and research backgrounds who discuss general medical, neurological, genetic, and pharmacological issues that can contribute to causation of self-injurious behaviors, as well as different therapeutic approaches that may be useful in specific clinical contexts. This work communicates current knowledge regarding self-injurious behaviors and advances our understanding in this important area of medicine. Understanding and Treating Self-Injurious Behavior in Autism is highly recommended for clinicians who care for persons with such behaviors and for researchers interested in learning diverse perspectives on the field. — Marvin Natowicz, MD, PhD, Clinical Geneticist, Clinical Pathologist Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Institute, Cleveland Clinic Cleveland, OH

This immensely valuable book guides us through multiple potential target etiologies of self-injurious behavior for effective treatment. Thoughtfully assembled and edited, it represents a much-needed practical and integrative handbook of use to every practitioner who works with individuals with autism spectrum and related disorders. I whole-heartedly recommend it! — Robert L. Hendren, D.O., Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco

Introducing: ARI’s Understanding and Treating Self-Injurious Behavior Tool

This free resource provides deeper insight into understanding and treating self-injurious behavior in autism. It is designed to assist professionals and parents in identifying treatments that may reduce or eliminate self-injurious behaviors (SIB) in clients or children. Filling out the questionnaire may provide insight into one or more possible reasons why an individual engages in SIB. Links to published studies on causes as well as appropriate interventions, are also provided.

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Read the next book in the series:
Understanding and Treating Anxiety in Autism