Autism and Eating Disorders in Teens

A Guide for Parents and Professionals

The relationship between autism and eating disorders is often overlooked or misunderstood. Written by two experienced clinicians working with young people, Autism and Eating Disorders in Teens covers topics including identification of both conditions, diagnosis and the recovery process, challenging current thinking and promoting new ways of working to promote treatment and awareness.

Autism and eating disorders often present in similar ways, whether through restrictive or selective eating behaviours, or rigid or obsessive thought patterns. As a result, individuals may receive treatment for one condition with the other - although present - going undiagnosed. This is a practical guide for the adults supporting this group of teens, recommending changes in policy and practice in order to improve the care of young people experiencing these conditions. Drawing on in-depth case studies highlighting the need for young people and their families to feel understood and listened to, the authors show how we can empower these young people to reach their full emotional and physical potential.

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Tony Attwood, Adjunct Professor, Griffith University, Australia

Parents, professionals and those who have autism will appreciate this practical and comprehensive guide to understanding the association between autism and eating disorders, and the modifications to therapy that are needed to accommodate the characteristics of autism. This guide will provide much food for thought.

Paola Falcoski MSc, Advanced Specialist Eating Disorders Dietitian

A brilliant work... a definite must read for clinicians from both fields of expertise and everyone who is or have a loved one struggling with eating difficulties. It inspires us to think flexibly, to adapt practice, to listen but mostly to work alongside with the individual respecting who they are and what recovery means to them and their family.

Written by an autistic spectrum condition nurse specialist and a dietician specialising in paediatric eating disorders, the book covers topics such as identification of both conditions, diagnosis and recovery, along the way challenging current thinking and promoting new ways of working. Drawing on in-depth case studies highlighting the need for young people and their families to feel understood and listened to, the authors show how, through changes at practice and policy level, these young people can be empowered.

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