1,001 Tips for the Parents of Autistic Girls: Everything You Need to Know About Diagnosis, Doctors, Schools, Taxes, Vacations, Babysitters, Treatments, Food, and More

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Research shows that at least one in 110 American children now has an autism spectrum disorder. While autism affects more boys than girls, parents of autistic girls face unique challenges, often spending countless hours looking for the latest information to help their children. For those parents, Tony Lyons presents the essential guide to parenting a girl with autism. Assembling what he has learned from professionals, other parents, and his own experiences with his daughter, he offers recommendations such as:

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Overview

Research shows that at least one in 110 American children now has an autism spectrum disorder. While autism affects more boys than girls, parents of autistic girls face unique challenges, often spending countless hours looking for the latest information to help their children. For those parents, Tony Lyons presents the essential guide to parenting a girl with autism. Assembling what he has learned from professionals, other parents, and his own experiences with his daughter, he offers recommendations such as:

#73: Remember the phrase "appropriate education." Your daughter is entitled to a free appropriate public education. If you local school authority cannot provide, they must cover the cost of an APPROPRIATE private school. Appropriate does not mean best! Keep this in mind. The Supreme Court interprets an appropriate education plan as one that "must be reasonably calculated to provide educational benefit to the individual child."

#765: Body odors. Teach your daughter to change into fresh underwear both at bedtime and in the morning. This helps keep the body fresh and free of odors.

#812: Keep feminine hygiene products in every bathroom and a set in the glove box of your car in case your child's period appears unexpectedly. Early on, periods may be unpredictable.

#829: Relationship boundaries are difficult concepts for girls on the spectrum and must be taught and practiced. First, your daughter needs to learn about different types of relationships (i.e., husband, wife, close friend, colleague, neighbor, shopkeeper). Then, she needs to be taught the concept of appropriate types of conversations and behaviors for the different relationships.

And 997 other invaluable tips!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616081041
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/23/2010
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony Lyons is the president and publisher of Skyhorse Publishing. He is the author of The Little Red Book of Dad's Wisdom and Cutting-Edge Therapies for Autism.
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Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Author's Note xv

Section 1 Pre-Diagnosis-Strategic Assessment 1

Chapter 1 Early Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) 2

Chapter 2 Welcome to the Club Nobody Wants to Join 7

Section 2 Diagnosis and Evaluation-Formation 13

Chapter 3 About the Diagnosis 14

Chapter 4 Which Evaluations to Get, and How to Get Them 17

Section 3 Education-Planning a Siege 21

Chapter 5 IDEA: Your Child's Rights on the Battleground 22

Chapter 6 Individualized Education Program: Your Child's Weapons 31

Chapter 7 Finding the Right School 35

Chapter 8 Communicating with the School 43

Chapter 9 Adjusting to School 53

Chapter 10 Options for Homeschooling 59

Section 4 Therapy Implementation-Armed Struggle 63

Chapter 11 Paying for It All 64

Chapter 12 Military Families with a Child with an ASD 66

Chapter 13 How to Build a Treatment Team 69

Chapter 14 Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy 73

Chapter 15 Behavioral Treatment Plans 77

Chapter 16 Developmental and Relationship Therapies 79

Chapter 17 Physical/Occupational Therapy 82

Chapter 18 Vision Therapy 89

Chapter 19 Speech-Language Therapy 92

Chapter 20 Music Therapy 97

Chapter 21 Therapy Animals 99

Chapter 22 Aquatic Therapy 103

Chapter 23 Dance and Movement Therapy 106

Chapter 24 Art Therapy 108

Section 5 Medical and Nutritional Treatment 111

Chapter 25 How to Find and Choose Your Doctors 112

Chapter 26 Diet 114

Chapter 27 Biomedical Treatments 133

Chapter 28 The Metabolic System 151

Chapter 29 The Neurological System 154

Chapter 30 The Immune System 155

Chapter 31 The Gastrointestinal System 158

Chapter 32 Seizures 164

Chapter 33 To Medicate Or not to Medicate" 166

Chapter 34 Preparing for that Inevitable Emergency Room Visit 172

Chapter 35 Dentistry 174

Chapter 36 Treating the Common Cold and Flu 177

Chapter 37 Anesthesia and Your Child 185

Chapter 38 Preventing Autism 187

Section 6 Supporting the Family Unit 199

Chapter 39 Self-Care 200

Chapter 40 Marriage Tips 203

Chapter 41 Counseling and Support Groups 207

Chapter 42 Siblings 211

Chapter 43 Friends and Family 214

Chapter 44 Home Help 219

Section 7 Daily Life 223

Chapter 45 Teaching Basic Skills 224

Chapter 46 Improving Communication Skills 227

Chapter 47 Improving Social Skills 235

Chapter 48 Improving Reading Skills 242

Chapter 49 Improving Academic Skills 246

Chapter 50 Improving Handwriting Skills 248

Chapter 51 Homework Tips 251

Chapter 52 Managing Your Child's Environment 257

Chapter 53 Family Activities 260

Chapter 54 Showing Affection 263

Chapter 55 Eye Contact 266

Chapter 56 Teaching Behavioral and "Social" Management 268

Chapter 57 Computer Time 272

Chapter 58 What You Have All Been Waiting for ... Sleep Tips! 277

Chapter 59 Organization 281

Chapter 60 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition for Autism 284

Section 8 Productive Approaches to Parenting 289

Chapter 61 All the Time 290

Chapter 62 Encourage Your Child to Succeed: Building Self-Esteem 296

Chapter 63 Making Sure Your Child Gets to be a Kid 301

Chapter 64 Responding to Undesirable Behavior 303

Chapter 65 Working with Your Spouse 306

Chapter 66 Defusing the Meltdown from Hell 309

Chapter 67 Adapting Your Career 315

Section 9 Personal Care 317

Chapter 68 Toileting Skills 318

Chapter 69 Bathing Skills 323

Chapter 70 Dental Hygiene at Home 327

Chapter 71 Haircuts 328

Chapter 72 Toenail and Fingernail Clipping/Cleaning 331

Chapter 73 Personal Hygiene 332

Chapter 74 Clothing 335

Chapter 75 Puberty 338

Chapter 76 Periods 343

Chapter 77 Masturbation 348

Chapter 78 Sexuality and Sex Education 350

Section 10 Safety 355

Chapter 79 Personal Safety 356

Chapter 80 Home Safety 362

Chapter 81 Runners 369

Chapter 82 Car Safety 384

Chapter 83 Eliminating Household Toxins 385

Section 11 Venturing Out 391

Chapter 84 Dining Out 392

Chapter 85 Vacations and Travel 396

Section 12 Holidays, Birthdays, Gifts 403

Chapter 86 Tips for Surviving the Holiday Season 404

Chapter 87 Party Time! 412

Chapter 88 Gift Ideas 416

Section 13 The Future: Happy 18th Birthday-Where Do We Go from Here" 423

Chapter 89 Transition Planning 424

Chapter 90 Getting a Job 429

Chapter 91 Attending College 436

Chapter 92 Special Needs Trusts 440

Section 14 Finances-Supporting the War Effort 443

Chapter 93 Tax Season-Christmas in April" 444

Conclusion 453

Acknowledgments 455

Suggested Reading 457

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