Book review: The Parents’ Guide to Managing Anxiety in Children with Autism

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The author is a registered psychologist and Director of Okey Dokey Childhood Psychology and the mother of three children, two of whom have autism. This book is aimed at parents, but it is also of value to teachers and other professionals as it gives insights into the larger life of their students and their lived experiences. 

The book is divided into three parts, with the first focusing on developing awareness around anxiety and autism. In the second part the author addresses the concept of anxiety in greater depth, including separation anxiety, social anxiety, specific phobias and managing meltdowns. In the final part, she provides the reader with advice on seeking additional support and ways to help others understand their child better. There is also a section on useful story book resources that covers different topics such as going to school, making mistakes and separation anxiety and Dundon also provides a simple Behaviour Recording Chart.

This introduction to autism provides clear and concise advice and could help parents understand their child’s behaviour if they have only recently been diagnosed. 

Author: R.Dundon. Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, ISBN: 978-1-78592-655-6, £12.99.

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