Written for professionals working with children and young people who require support, assessment, or intervention at home or in school, this interdisciplinary book explores everything from the legislative background and foundations of ideas in the social sciences, to dealing with children's distress, fear, or special needs in professional practice. This book is an excellent resource for those who either work with children in CAMHS settings, social work, youth work, counseling, psychology, general education and special educational needs, or who are undertaking professional training in any of the above fields.
Chapter 8: Working with Autistic Children
Working with Autistic Children
Autism studies invite some fundamental considerations about the ways in which we all come to feel, think and learn in the world; how we make sense of our experience; think more deeply about what human perception, or human relations, or human intelligence, or human language, or human creativity, actually are. (Hobson, 2002: 182)
In this chapter, the ways in which a particular psychopathology can be constructed according to certain preferred knowledges are explored. Services and professional practices have evolved which have traditionally excluded clients from owning a knowledge of themselves. The location of knowledge is changing, however, and there are challenges ahead for support agencies and professionals when planning policies and practices.
During the last twenty years a more complex ...