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Learning to Live With High Functioning Autism : A Parent's Guide for Professionals Learning to Live With High Functioning Autism : A Parent's Guide for Professionals

by Mike Stanton

This book is not only outstanding in its content but beautiful in its simplicity, making it easy yet important reading for anyone working with an autistic child. Mr. Stanton's beautiful and clear description of autism offers tremendous insight into the daily lives of these children and the need for parents to be involved in the education process if our children are to reach their full potential. He also offers an understanding of how an autistic child sees the world. Any teacher, family member or concerned friend can not help but benefit from reading this book for a greater understanding of this condition.

Autism : Understanding the Disorder (Clinical Child Psychology Library) Autism : Understanding the Disorder (Clinical Child Psychology Library)

by Gary Mesibov, Lynn Adams, Laura Klinger

This highly readable volume presents a concise but comprehensive overview of all that is known about autism, including its history, diagnosis, biological causes, neuropsychological mechanisms, and treatment. the authors offer an up-to-date review of the most current literature, summarized and organized in a manner that makes it accessible to everyone from clinicians to parents.

Missing are the generalizations and stereotypes, as well as conflicting symptoms, found in many other books. It manages to pack an incredible amount of information into a very small space, while remaining wonderfully clear and jargon-free. Invaluable for anyone who wants to acquire an overnight grasp on the state-of-the-art research into autistic spectrum conditions, their causes, and the best methods of education and treatment.

The Autistic Spectrum : A Guide for Parents & Professionals The Autistic Spectrum : A Guide for Parents & Professionals

by Lorna Wing

For parents struggling to adjust to the diagnosis of their child as autistic (or as having Asperger's syndrome or PDD), the stress is often compounded by simultaneously having to absorb vast amounts of information about their child's condition and their various options for treatment and education. Busy teachers, speech therapists and other professionals must also educate themselves rapidly about autism in order to deal with a child or adult who may have problems and gifts quite unlike those seen in any other disability.

Lorna Wing is both a renowned researcher and the mother of an autistic child. Her book combines state-of-the-art information on all aspects of the autistic continuum with a clear and readable style and a wealth of good sense.

Pervasive Developmental Disorders: Finding a Diagnosis and Getting Help Pervasive Developmental Disorders: Finding a Diagnosis and Getting Help

by Mitzi Waltz

Pervasive developmental disorders (PDD) include autism and a range of other neurological disorders. This book focuses on the most common, PDD-NOS (not otherwise specified). There are at least 250,000 Americans with this diagnosis, one-third of which are children. (According to researchers, there may be as many as twice that number who fit the criteria but who remain undiagnosed or have been misdiagnosed.) Parents of a young child with undiagnosed PDD may suspect any number of things, from autism to severe allergies. This guide for parents (or newly diagnosed adults) who struggle with this neurological condition that profoundly impacts the life of the child and family discusses medications, therapies, and educational techniques that can address symptoms and improve the lives of people with PDD.

Topics include: getting a diagnosis, including preparing for a diagnostic interview in a medical, psychiatric, or school setting; treatment options, including pharmaceutical medications, vitamins and supplements, sensory integration, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, behavior modification, "floor time" play therapy, talk therapy, and parenting techniques; coping with diagnosis and treatment, including emotions and support systems, insurance system, and educational plans; and stories from a range of parents helping their children.

The Handbook of Autism : A Guide for Parents and Professionals The Handbook of Autism : A Guide for Parents and Professionals

by Maureen Aarons, Tessa Gittens

A practical handbook for the parents of autistic children and professionals involved in their education, which dispels the myths associated with this condition and provides relevant, up-to-date information that makes sense.

"Highly readable, informative and accessible - a most welcome contribution to the scarce literature in the field."

__Geraldine Peacock, Executive Director, The National Autistic Society

The Biology of the Autistic Syndromes (Clinics in Developmental Medicine) The Biology of the Autistic Syndromes (Clinics in Developmental Medicine)

by Christopher Gillberg, Mary Coleman

In this major reference work the authors give a complete account of what is currently known about autism, which will be an invaluable source book to all clinicans who interact with autistic patients. In the first parts, the book describes and reviews the clinical considerations and also reviews the general literature, including genetical studies and brain imaging. Part III reviews other disease states that possess a subgroup showing autistic syndromes and Part IV gives an account of treatments of autism currently under investigation.

Designed for physicians who diagnose and treat people with an autistic spectrum disorder. Clinical diagnosis is facilitated by guidelines for infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. This is the 3rd edition, published in August, 2000, by the University of Cambridge Press.

Children with Autism: A Parent's Guide Children with Autism: A Parent's Guide

Michael D. Powers, Editor, & Temple Grandin

For both the new parent coping with a child's recent diagnosis and one who's an experienced advocate, Children with Autism is a must-have reference. It is the trusted, respected source of information on autism and the other conditions within the spectrum of pervasive developmental disorder (PDD). Now completely revised and updated, this edition covers a multitude of special concerns, including daily and family life, early intervention, educational programs, legal rights, advocacy, and a look at the years ahead with a chapter on adults with autism. Parents can turn to this new edition for the latest information on current diagnostic criteria, Applied Behavior Analysis, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), autism advocacy via the Internet, and much more.

Autism : Explaining the Enigma (Cognitive Development) Autism : Explaining the Enigma (Cognitive Development)

by Uta Frith

A classic of modern research into autism, this book explains clearly and readably the theory that autism can be a result of the neurologically-caused lack of a "theory of mind", which makes the actions of others confusing and baffling to the person with autism. Uta Frith is an excellent writer - she always has lots of data - and her reputation for good solid scientific books is well-deserved. For many professional counselors who work with autistic children, this volume has given them the vital information on how to conceptualize this disorder and the knowledge to connect with parents and their concerns in a very realistic manner.

Mindblindness : An Essay on Autism and Theory of Mind (Learning, Development and Conceptual Change) Mindblindness : An Essay on Autism and Theory of Mind (Learning, Development and Conceptual Change)

by Simon Baron-Cohen

In this lucid, compelling book Simon Baron-Cohen guides us deep into the realm of the mind and captures the excitment of an emerging field, and the advances in the understanding of autism. The author concludes that children with autism, suffer from "mindblindness" as a result of a selective impairment in mindreading. For these children, the world is essentially devoid of mental things. He develops a theory that draws on data from comparative psychology, from developmental, and from neuropsychology. This book takes recent cognitive research findings and aligns it with the problems that autistics and other people with non-verbal learning disabilities have in correctly interpreting and responding to social situations.

This book is well worth the read if you work with people who have non-verbal learning disabilities or have a child with learning disabilities that encompass the spectrum of autistic disorders. With a good tie in to language disabilities and discussion of temporal and frontal region of the brain, it is aimed at both professionals and the lay person, and manages to do a good job of straddling both worlds. The author, a Lecturer in Psychopathology in the departments of experimental psychology and psychiatry at the University of Cambridge, has created an excellent addition to the theoretical literature of autism and one which serves as a superb summary of much of the experimental data as well.

Handbook of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders Handbook of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders

Donald J. Cohen, Fred R. Volkmar, MD, Editors

This is a very comprehensive manual on autism and pervasive develomental disorders. Latest research data is included, providing professionals with updated information that can assist them in conducting differential diagnosis. Not for the parent who is faint of heart, but excellent, balanced, and objective resource for the parent who wants a deeper understanding of the research literature. Depending on your educational background, some chapters may be incomprehensible (e.g., the chapter on neurochemicals), but almost all are accessible to the well-educated and attentive layperson.

Guided by a developmental psychopathological orientation, provides an orientation to empirically tested mainstream concepts and knowledge of autism, Rhett's Disorder, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, and Asperger's Disorder. Principles and findings about normal development are used to illuminate how development may become derailed and lead to pathological conditions. Coverage includes diagnosis and classification, development and behavior, neurobiology, assessment, interventions, public policy, theoretical, international, and personal perspectives. The diagnostic framework conforms to DSM-IV and ICD-10.

Neither cheap nor a light read, but just what it says - a definitive summary of the state-of-the-art in knowledge about autism and the other pervasive developmental disorders. Everything you need to know is in here. It's timing is perfect, since autism has changed from a shunned and "hopeless" diagnosis to an often treatable condition. A must for medical libraries and state departments of health and education.

Autism Treatment Guide Autism Treatment Guide

by Elizabeth K. Gerlach

A resource guide for parents and professionals. This comprehensive guide outlines basic facts, research information and effective treatment options for autism. Objectively written, it contains extensive resource listings and suggested readings, and is updated regularly. It provides a beginning place for recently diagnosed families and is a great resource for teachers and others involved with working with people with autism. This book has become a classic because it is often deemed so very helpful. Gerlach's book is the first comprehensive guide to autism treatment, according to Dr. Stephen Edelson, an autism specialist and director for the Center for the Study of Autism, who says: "Liz's book is very impressive; there's nothing like it out there... Unfortunately, many doctors are not well-informed when it comes to current autism treatments...".

Children With Autism and Asperger Syndrome : A Guide for Practitioners and Carers Children With Autism and Asperger Syndrome : A Guide for Practitioners and Carers

by Patricia Howlin

In this book, Howlin gives lots of practical advice that develops from knowing the individual rather than using a one-size fits all theory. She manages to go beyond the usual explanations of behaviors to give to the normals (those without autism or AS) an idea of what is going on in the mind of those with these developmental disorders. She also gives a very accurate description of the problems that people at the higher end of the autistic spectrum experience. She seems to know that "milder" forms of autism do not automatically equate with much "milder" difficulties; they are just a different kind of difficulty. Highly recommended for any parent that is on the autism spectrum somewhere and/or has a child that is on the spectrum also. Lend it to the professional(s) who you and your child will be dealing with to help you.

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