Play-Based Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders explores the most recognized, researched, and practical methods for using play therapy with the increasing number of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), and shows clincians how to integrate these methods into their practices. Using a diverse array of play-based approaches, the book brings together the voices of researchers and practicing clinicians who are successfully utilizing play and play-based interventions with children and adolescents on the autism spectrum. It also examines the neurobiological underpinnings of play in children on the autism spectrum and the overall effect of play on neuro-typical and neuro-atypical development. Finally, through careful integration of theory with real-world clinical case application, each chapter also shows clinicians how to incorporate a particular treatment approach and make it a viable and effective part of their work with this challenging clinical population.
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Lawrence Larry C. Rubin, PhD, ABPP, LMHC, RPT-S, is a Professor of Counselor Education at St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida, where he directs the Mental Health Counseling Program and is a private practice psychologist, professional counselor, and play therapist. Dr. Rubin, past president of the Florida Association for Play Therapy, currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for Play Therapy. Dr. Rubin s research interests and publications lie at the intersection of psychology and popular culture. He is a prolific writer and editor. His book, Psychotropic Drugs and Popular Culture: Medicine, Mental Health and the Media, won the 2006 Ray and Pat Browne Award for Best Anthology. His other books include Food for Thought: Essays on Eating and Culture, Popular Culture in Counseling, Psychotherapy and Play-Based Intervention, Using Superheroes in Counseling and Play Therapy, Messages: Self-Help Through Popular Culture, Mental Illness and Popular Media: Essays on the Representation of Psychiatric Disorders, and Play-Based Interventions for Children and Adolescents With Autism Spectrum Disorders. Larry blogs about popular culture and psychology for Psychology Today magazine and is the Area Chair of the Division of Mental Health, Mental Illness and Popular Culture for the Popular Culture Association. He lives in Ft. Lauderdale with his wife, two children, and five pets.Review:
“Play-Based Interventions for Children and Adolescents With Autism Spectrum Disorders provides new perspectives and creative strategies that will enable children and adolescents with ASDs to improve interpersonal abilities as well as the communication of thoughts, emotions, and personality. It is an excellent book, and I highly recommend it for students and colleagues from a range of disciplines.”
- Tony Attwood, author of The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome
“This book is inspired and inspiring, timely, optimistic, and practical. The authors share their focused interest, theoretical beliefs, and creative application of varied techniques to help the reader feel better equipped and guided to work with children on the autism spectrum. It is great to find authors who set the context for their work, articulate a consensus of goals, and then convey a virtual quilt of evidence- and practice-informed expressive and behavioral interventions.” - Eliana Gil, Gil Center for Healing and Play, Virginia, USA, and author of Helping Abused and Traumatized Children: Integrating Directive and Nondirective Approaches
“Play-Based Interventions for Children and Adolescents With Autism Spectrum Disorders blends research-based insights on ASD and the neurobiology of play with a range of play-based therapeutic applications tailored to the needs of children and adolescents with ASD. It will be an important resource for mental-health professionals working with young clients and families facing the challenges of ASD.” - John W. Seymour, Minnesota State University–Mankato, USA
“This book brings together an amazing collection of authors, all of whom are noted experts in their particular areas. From beginning to end, the reader is provided with meaningful case examples and the artful weaving together of theory, approach, play, and research. Play-Based Interventions for Children and Adolescents With Autism Spectrum Disorders will become a standard resource in many fields.” - Linda E. Homeyer, coauthor of Sandtray Therapy: A Practical Manual
“This book is a marvelous compendium of engaging interventions for people with ASDs and a vital text in this age of evidence-based practice. It lays out the array of possible treatments and the existing research base for them, giving clinicians a rich sense of these approaches and allowing families to make choices based on their own culture and values. I strongly recommend this book to any practitioner in the field.” - Joshua D. Feder, director of research at the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders, Maryland, USA
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