TWAP078: Trauma and Autism: What Research Tells You

An Overview of Research on Trauma and Autism

trauma and autism

A recent listener was right.

This person wrote, “Dear Steve, I wanted to propose a suggestion for a future podcast topic – complex PTSD, and Aspergers. There is a real lack of information in the therapy profession about both of these conditions and I imagine that many of your listeners are affected and need more help.”

I searched for books addressing both complex PTSD and Aspergers and I only found one!

Thankfully, I found some articles about trauma and Aspergers that helped me start exploring this topic.

Since I’m not an expert in complex PTSD, I’m sharing research about trauma and standard PTSD with the hopes of getting an expert on in the future to address the specific topic of Complex PTSD.

In This Episode You Will Learn:

  • The definition of trauma
  • The definition of PTSD
  • The definition of complex PTSD
  • What research says about children with autism and their risk for developing trauma and/or PTSD
  • The correlation between autistic traits and PTSD in patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia
  • How trauma may manifest itself in an autistic person
  • Things for professionals to keep in mind when working with autistics who have a trauma history
  • The shared neurologic mechanisms in trauma and autism

Resources and Articles Mentioned

Adverse childhood experiences in children with autism spectrum, by Hoover, Daniel W.; Kaufman, Joana, Current Opinion in Psychiatry: March 2018 – Volume 31 – Issue 2 – p 128–132.

Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Impact of Stressful and Traumatic Life Events and Implications for Clinical Practice, by S. Fuld, Clin Soc Work J (2018).

Association of autistic traits in adulthood with childhood abuse, interpersonal victimization, and posttraumatic stress?, (multiple authors) Child Abuse & Neglect
Volume 45, July 2015, Pages 135-142

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in individuals with the diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, by Mohamad Mehtar, Nahit Motavalli Mukaddes, Research In Autism Spectrum, 2011, pages 539-546.

Harvey, K. (2012). Trauma-informed behavioral intervention: What works and what doesn’t. Washington D.C.: American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

TWAP070: Be Shrewd: 4 Types of Abuse Aspergers Women Need To Understand, with Dr. Lianne Holiday Willey

Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving, by Pete Walker.

The Body Keeps Score, by Bessel Van Der Kolk

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 I'm Steve Borgman.  I'm a licensed clinical professional counselor and blogger committed to bringing you hope, understanding, and solutions that you can apply to your life immediately.

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