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Autism book 1Attwood, T. (2007). The complete guide to Asperger’s Syndrome. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

This book is an important handbook for information about Asperger’s syndrome. It brings together a wide range of information on all aspects of AS related to children and adults. Tony Attwood draws upon his clinical experience and expertise to examine a range of issues related to the disorder. There is a section on frequently asked questions and useful resources to help audiences with issues raised in the book. It is considered to be essential reading for families and individuals affected by AS.


Autism book 2Karim, K., Ali, A., and O’Reilly, M. (2014). A Practical Guide to Mental Health Problems in Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder: “It’s not just their autism! London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers


This book is considered essential reading for professionals working with, and parents living with, children diagnosed with ASD. It explores the relationship between ASD and co-morbid mental health difficulties, providing practical guidance for readers on how to recognise and manage such co-morbid conditions. It covers a range of difficulties that a child with ASD may experience such as anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, eating disorders, depression and psychology and provides useful case studies for illustration.


Autism book 3Wing, L. (2002). The autistic spectrum: A guide for parents and professionals. London: Robinson.

In this book Lorna Wing provides an excellent overview of ASD and considers the main areas of impairment including social interaction, communication and imagination. She explains how those with autism experience the world and provides a rationale for why those individuals require an organised and structured environment. This is designed to give readers some insight into the world of those with autism and provide guidance for how to cope with stresses within the family environment.


How to do research in child mental health

 Child mental health book 1O’Reilly, M. and Parker, N. (2014). Doing Mental Health Research with Children and Adolescents: A Guide to Qualitative Methods. London: Sage. 

In this practical and pedagogical text the authors provide a step-by-step guide to each stage of the qualitative research process. Combining clinical, academic and research expertise they guide the reader through the key stages of undertaking a research project in the area of child mental health. The book guides the reader through the planning stages, data collection, analysis and dissemination. The book is full of practical helpful hints, case examples, and definitions and is essential for any practitioner, student or academic wishing to do mental health research with children.


Child mental health book 2O’Reilly, M., Ronzoni, P., and Dogra, N. (2013). Research with Children: Theory and Practice. London: SAGE Publications

This is an essential and practical guide for all who wish to undertake a research project with child participants. It has a unique and helpful focus on carrying out research with groups of vulnerable children such as those with physical or mental health problems, children with learning disabilities, young offenders and looked after children. The book carefully guides the reader through the main stages of undertaking a piece of research with children from planning to dissemination. It is filled with practical advice and useful activities.


Mental Health book 3Harper, D., and Thompson, A. (Eds: 2012). Qualitative research methods in mental health and psychotherapy: A guide for students and practitioners. West Sussex: John Wiley and Sons.

This book provides a range of edited chapters that are designed to provide a user-friendly introduction to qualitative methods used in mental health. The chapters are written by leading researchers and mental health practitioners and each of these gives guidance on conducting a qualitative study in the area. Many issues are considered including choosing appropriate methods, ethical considerations and applying questions to the field of mental health.


Mental health

 O’Reilly, M., and Lester, J. (2015; Eds). The Palgrave Handbook of Child Mental Health: Discourse and Conversation Studies. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

This is a large edited collection of chapters that explore issues of child mental health from a critical perspective. Most of the chapters within the handbook use either discourse or conversation analysis to explore issues of child mental health and there are several chapters that look more specifically at children with autism using this methodology. The editors bring together a collection of excellent works by leading scholars in the field of discourse and conversation analysis as applied to the area of child mental health.


Mental Health book 2Dogra, N., Parkin, A., Gale, F., and Frake, C. (2002). A multidisciplinary handbook of child and adolescent mental health (second edition). London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

This is an updated text designed to be an accessible introduction to child and adolescent mental health for professionals. The book covers the nature, prevalence, treatment and management of mental health difficulties in children and particular attention is paid to the range of different disorders. The authors also explore issues of diversity that are integral to practice and present case studies and activities for the reader. This is an essential text for students and practitioners working with children who have mental health problems.


Child Mental Health book 3Burton, M., Pavord, E., and Williams, B. (2014). An introduction to child and adolescent mental health. London: Sage.

This book has been written by a multi-disciplinary team of experts and thus strikes a balance between presenting theory and showing application to the real world. The authors recognise the complexity of child mental health and the challenges of working with these children. It provides an introduction to key concepts and differentiates between a range of terms. The book guides the reader through the vital skills that are needed such as effective communication and basic counselling skills.   



Discourse and conversation analysis 

Discourse analysis book 1Wooffitt, R. (2005). Conversation analysis and discourse analysis: A comparative and critical introduction. London: Sage.

This is a useful text for students, researchers and scholars as it provides an introduction to the different types of discourse analysis and conversation analysis. The book introduces readers to the basic principles and guides them through the more advanced debates. It provides careful illustration of the methodological approaches and provides examples to facilitate learning. It is a comprehensive discussion of both discourse and conversation analysis and is a helpful practical resource for all using these approaches.


Discourse analysis book 2Antaki, C. (Ed: 2011). Applied conversation analysis: Intervention and change in institutional talk. London: Palgrave.

This edited collection provides information regarding conversation analysis in institutional settings. The range of settings included in the book are diverse and include medical, speech therapy, welfare, telephone helplines, mediation, and others. Throughout the book there are explanations regarding the difficulties and benefits of applying conversation analysis in real world contexts as well as the challenges of working with external agencies such as government institutions, charities and medical organisations.


Discourse analysis book 3Ten Have, P. (1998). Doing conversation analysis: A practical guide. London: Sage.

This is a practical text designed to help researchers undertake the analytic approach of conversation analysis. The material is presented in a user-friendly way and explains all concepts in a clear and accessible manner. Information is given to the reader to contextualise conversation analysis generally and to help readers make sense of the theoretical frameworks that surround it. The author introduces conversation analysis, considers the analytic strategies and helps readers to write up and publish their findings. The chapters contain useful examples and practical exercises.

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