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Living with PTSD on the Autism Spectrum

Lisa Morgan, MEd, CAS |  Mary Donahue
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Sep 21, 2020
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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The relationship between autism and PTSD has historically been neglected in research and understanding but impacts the lives of many. Autistic people are intrinsically vulnerable to traumatic social situations and relationships, which can later manifest as PTSD. Navigating situations where one feels entirely at odds can lead seemingly commonplace events to be processed as traumatic experiences.

In this unique collaboration, Lisa Morgan and Mary Donahue explore PTSD in autistic adults as patient and practitioner. Lisa shares her personal experiences as an autistic adult, reflecting on emotionally traumatic events and their effect on her daily life. Mary examines the challenges surrounding diagnosis, reworking and developing communication and clarifying the symptoms of PTSD within the autistic population.

Combining lived experience with professional expertise, this clear and accessible guide will provide a better understanding of autism and PTSD, providing support and direction to autistic adults processing trauma and those involved in their care.



Lisa Morgan, MEd, CAS's Profile

Lisa Morgan, MEd, CAS Related seminars and products

Lisa Morgan, MEd, CAS, is a consultant specializing in crisis support and suicide prevention for autistic people. Lisa is founder and co-chair of the Autism and Suicide committee at the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) and has developed several autism specific resources for communicating and supporting autistic people in crisis. A self-advocate with a passion for strengths-based solutions, Lisa has authored several books, articles, and resources all available on her website, She is a community council member of AASET (Autistic Adults and other Stakeholders Engaged Together), a group of autistic adults informing autism research priorities. Lisa has a master’s degree in the Art of Teaching. She is a certified autism specialist, a peer reviewer of the online journal, Autism in Adulthood, and owner of Lisa Morgan Consulting, LLC.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Lisa Morgan has employment relationships with AASET-SP, Hospice Foundation of America, and Lisa Morgan Consulting, LLC. She receives royalties as a published author. Lisa Morgan receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Lisa Morgan has no relevant non-financial relationships.

Mary Donahue's Profile

Mary Donahue Related seminars and products

Mary P. Donahue, PhD, is a trauma-informed clinical practitioner, author, lecturer, consultant and advocate for various forms of interpersonal trauma such as childhood and adult sexual assault, interpersonal violence, neglect and other betrayals. The leads naturally to the autistic population. Dr. Donahue has authored several articles and books on mainstream/autistic interactions. She is a Certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist, serves on various mental health boards, and advocates for the need to embrace different thinking when serving non-neurotypical individuals.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Mary Donahue has an employment relationship with Mindful Paths Psychological Services, LLC and receives compensation as a consultant. She receives royalties as a published author. Mary Donahue receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Mary Donahue has no relevant non-financial relationships.



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