Knowledge of women with anorexia (AN) and autism (ASD)
In many organizations relatively little is known about working with women with autism (ASD), let alone the combination of autism (ASD) and eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa (AN). This is not surprising, as this subject area has only started to receive attention in recent years. Many practitioners lack both knowledge and experience in this area, and as a result are less confident with regard to working with these women. This hinders and complicates the therapist/patient relationship as well as the final outcome of the treatment.
Problematic areas in treatment
One of the difficulties that practitioners / therapists may encounter during treatment is the way women with autism communicate, which differs from the way women without autism communicate. For example, women with autism can give either very short, clipped answers, or expand on a topic for a very long time. Women with autism also often have difficulty expressing their emotions, needs and thoughts.
A different approach
As a result of this different way of communicating and the fact that women with autism and an eating disorder have additional problems underlying said eating disorder, these women require a different approach than women who have an eating disorder but are not autistic.
When the course of treatment and approach of a client / patient with both an eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa and ASD is unclear, tension, uncertainty and frustration can arise in both the practitioner and the client. In these cases it is advisable to request a consultation.
Case study review / Expert discussion: practical
A request for a case study review can be made by sending an e-mail via the contact form. When completing the contact form, it is important not to send any privacy-sensitive information with regard to yourself or your clients / patients.
Following this e-mail, one of our experts will contact you by e-mail to schedule a telephone interview. In this first interview, a short inventory will be made of the situation with regard to the client, the practitioner, the treatment setting and other relevant matters.
Based on this interview, the expert will indicate (if needed after consultation with colleagues) whether an appointment for an extensive case discussion is appropriate/necessary as well as the most suitable form for said case discussion. A follow-up appointment will be made based on this indication.
For more information regarding the possibilities and rates for case study review / expert discussion, please contact one of our experts.