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The Adult Autism Assessment Handbook

A Neurodiversity Affirmative Approach
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Adult autism assessment is a new and fast-growing clinical area, for which professionals often feel ill-equipped. Autistic adults are often misdiagnosed which has enormous implications for their mental health.

This accessible and comprehensive adult autism assessment handbook covers the most up to date research and best practice around adult autism assessment, centering the person's internal experiences and sense-making in clinical assessment, rather than subjective observation, thus providing the clinician with a truly paradigm shifting Neuro-Affirmative approach to autism assessment. Traditional clinical assessment tools are comprehensively explored and unpacked to enable the clinician to have full confidence in aligning traditional criteria to the Autistic person's subjective experiences.

Full of additional resources like language guidelines and an exploration of the common intersections between Autistic experience and the effects of trauma, mental health and more, this book supplies a breadth of knowledge on key areas that affect Autistic adults in everyday life.

The mixed team of neurotypical and neurodivergent authors describe lived experience of Autistic adults, a how-to for conducting Neuro-Affirmative assessments and post-assessment support, alongside reflections from practice. This book also has a directory of further resources including downloadable forms that you can use to prepare for your own assessments and a downloadable deep dive into Autistic perception. This guide will also support professionals through every step of the assessment process.
  • Published: Feb 21 2023
  • Pages: 368
  • 244 x 174mm
  • ISBN: 9781839971662
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Press Reviews

  • Dr. Wenn B. Lawson (PhD) AFBPsS MAPS.AASW

    In this brilliant book all the aspects for understanding autistic neurology and giving an appropriate assessment are clearly framed. 41% of the population remain undiagnosed and over 40% commit suicide. This handbook is an essential tool in understanding and assessing for autism. Want to get it right? You need this book!
  • Dr Anna Rebowska, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

    Whilst the book focuses specifically on autism assessments in adults, the essential principles of the neuroaffirmative approach apply across the lifespan. In addition to promoting a more respectful and collaborative approach to assessment, this text covers the broader social context in which those assessments take place and introduce the reader to the neurodiversity movement with its contemporary challenges as well as rich history. Autistic voices and perspectives are centred throughout. It's a worthwhile read for anyone working with autistic people and not just those tasked specifically with conducting diagnostic assessments.
  • Bernadette Grosjean MD Associate Professor of Psychiatry (retired) Harbor UCLA. USA.

    With clarity, practicality and humanity, this ground-breaking book exemplifies the paradigm shift to a neurodiversity affirmative perspective, the only one we should aim for today'. If you care for autistic people, this is THE book you want to read whatever your prior level of knowledge.
  • Dr. Lorraine Seery, Principal Clinical Psychologist

    This necessary book provides a valuable contribution to professional discourse regarding neuroaffirmative adult-appropriate autism assessments. Hartman and her colleagues have provided a clear, reasoned and practical set of steps that professionals can take towards providing high-quality person centred assessments founded on respect for the strengths and preferences of the individual. This will be an important resource for anyone working with autistic adults.
  • Dr Sue McCowan, Psychiatry Lead Autistic Doctors International and Older People’s Psychiatrist.

    The Neuro-Affirmative approach to autism described in this comprehensive and beautifully written book is vital for all psychiatrists and diagnostic clinicians. Up-to-date research, thought provoking reflection points, and the autistic experience is central throughout.