How People With Autism Grieve, and How to Help

How People With Autism Grieve, and How to Help

An Insider Handbook

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The book is an honest, first-hand account of how people with autism deal with the loss of someone in their life. It explores how people with autism feel and express the loss and how they come to terms with their grief, offering practical advice to parents and carers on how best to support someone with autism during these difficult times.
The book is an honest, first-hand account of how people with autism deal with the loss of someone in their life. Unlike the non-autistic response, people with autism, when faced with overwhelming or stressful situations, will favour solitude over sharing their emotions, tend to focus on special interests, and become extremely logical, often not expressing any emotion. This behaviour often leads to the belief that people with autism lack empathy, which is far from the case. Through the description of personal experience, and case studies, the book explores how people with autism feel and express the loss of a loved one, how they process and come to terms with their feelings of grief, and offers practical and detailed advice to parents and carers on a range of sensitive issues. These include clear instructions on how best to support someone with autism through the grieving process, how to prepare them for bad news, how to break the bad news, how to involve them in the funeral or wake, and how best to respond to later reactions. The final chapter explores the issue of why children and teens with autism can be drawn to death as a special interest, and explains that the interest is not normally a morbid one.

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Lipsky, a high-functioning autistic individual with experience in emergency and trauma management as a firefighter, emergency medical technician, and reserve police officer and who consults on meltdown management and environmental manipulation to reduce sensory issues, shares the differences in how people with autism grieve and deal with loss and ways to support them. She explains how they deal with stress, problems, and grief in comparison to people who do not have autism, such as in their need for solitude and routine; their emotional expressions of grief; how to help them deal with cultural expectations at a funeral; how to communicate with them; how to tell them that someone has died; and how death can sometimes become their special interest. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: London :, Jessica Kingsley Publishers,, 2013
Description: 128 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9781849059541
1849059543
Branch Call Number: 616.85882 Lib

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Aug 31, 2016

Why is it so traumatic, I have just been through the toughest year of my life trying to deal with the death of my Love and my father and there have been many times when I thought that being dead myself would surely be better than trying to deal with the death of two people that were a significant part of my life and all the misery that went with it. What I want to know is, what is the point of grief, why is it so awful to the point that you feel your own life is not worth living, why is the experience so shocking and what do we really gain from it. I know I am not the same person and that everything is different now, I don't view that as a bad thing really but what it took me to get to the other side of this is something I find hard to deal with and I wonder what your thoughts are on grief? Can we ignore it and just get on with our lives because some people seem able to do that, whereas I couldn't carry on, I couldn't even function at all for months and months. Maybe that's a tough journey

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