Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Approx. 375 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
August 2020
Print ISBN: 9781773382012
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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 authorsemphasize 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: Autism Spectrum Disorder
Chapter 2: Evidence-Based Interventions

Section II: Characteristics & Interventions in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Chapter 3: Social-Communication-Based Interventions
Chapter 4: Behaviour-Based Interventions
Chapter 5: Sensory

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 & Families

Section IV: A Critical Look at Autism Spectrum Disorder

Chapter 10: Additional Critical Issues

Kimberly Maich

Kimberly Maich (PhD, OCT, BCBA-D) is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Memorial University. She is also a Registered Psychologist (provisional; master’s-level). Her primary research and teaching interests lie in special education, specifically Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), in inclusive school environments.

Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Ontario Context, Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Canadian Context

Carmen Hall

Carmen Hall (MC, CCC, BCBA) is a Professor and Coordinator of the Autism and Behavioural Science Graduate Certificate at Fanshawe College. Her chief focus has been on promoting and researching social skill development for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in inclusive recreational, educational and community settings.

Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Ontario Context, Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Canadian Context

Kelly Alves

Kelly Alves is a Professor in the Behavioural Science Diploma Program at Seneca College.

Sharon Penney

Sharon Penney is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Memorial University.

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