Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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458 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
October 2020
Print ISBN: 9781773382012


With a unique focus on Canada-wide practices and research, this text offers a comprehensive introduction to autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Covering the clinical, educational, and community perspectives of ASD, the authors highlight how educators, direct support professionals, and communities at large can support people with ASD across their lifespan: from early years, to school years, to adulthood. Additionally, the authors emphasize the emerging nature of the field and the importance of evidence based interventions. The resource is divided into four thematic sections. Section one gives an overview of ASD, including prominent researchers in the field and changes in its diagnostic criteria. Section two looks at evidence-based interventions and the newer sensory theories and frameworks. The third section examines ASD across the lifespan, as well as the experiences of parents and families. The final section looks at additional critical issues, including media, sexuality, peer relationships, and immigration.

Beyond being a vital asset for ASD programs and resource centres across the country, Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Canadian Context has broad applications suitable for courses on ASD in behavioural science, education, and health studies programs.


  • each chapter features figures, definitions, examples, and questions designed to deepen understanding and elicit reflection
  • includes feature boxes with interesting perspectives provided by varied members of Canada’s ASD community
  • unlike other textbooks on ASD, this text focuses on ASD across the lifespan, covering infancy, early childhood and school years, as well as adulthood, in the Canadian context

Table of Contents


Section I: An Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder

Chapter 1: Brief History of Autism Spectrum Disorder
Chapter 2: Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Section II: Characteristics of and Interventions in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Chapter 3: Social Communication-based Interventions
Chapter 4: Behaviour-based Interventions
Chapter 5: The Sensory Domain

Section III: Autism Spectrum Disorder across the Lifespan

Chapter 6: The Early Years
Chapter 7: The School Years
Chapter 8: The Adult Years
Chapter 9: Parents and Families

Section IV: A Critical Look at Autism Spectrum Disorder

Chapter 10: Additional Critical Issues


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