Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Every Parent Needs to Know

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From autism and Asperger's syndrome through pervasive developmental disorders, this authoritative reference from the leading publisher in pediatric health care examines how autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are defined and diagnosed and reviews the most current behavioral and developmental therapy treatments available. Through this evidence-based guide, which reflects the new diagnostic thinking from the American Psychiatric Association, parents and caregivers will learn about the symptoms and the ...

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Overview

From autism and Asperger's syndrome through pervasive developmental disorders, this authoritative reference from the leading publisher in pediatric health care examines how autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are defined and diagnosed and reviews the most current behavioral and developmental therapy treatments available. Through this evidence-based guide, which reflects the new diagnostic thinking from the American Psychiatric Association, parents and caregivers will learn about the symptoms and the incidence of ASDs, screening tools, the roles of complementary and alternative medicine, and what to expect as these children grow into adolescence and beyond. They will also gain insight into how to tap into educational resources and community services and how to access care. In addition to the detailed findings and expert advice, real-life stories included in each chapter help diffuse the isolation many parents experience and offer inspiration and support.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a group of biologically based neurodevelopmental disorders that affect children’s behavior and social and communication skills. Public awareness of autism and Asperger syndrome, two ASDs, has led to an increase in diagnoses, with approximately 1% of American children exhibiting symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Despite all the interest and attention, it is still difficult to determine whether a child has an ASD, since the conditions are complex and vary widely, and that is precisely why a parent with questions and concerns needs a reliable, authoritative resource. Edited by Rosenblatt and Carbone, two autism specialists, one of whom has a child with autism, and with contributions from nine physicians and eleven parents, this book provides up-to-date information and much compassion as it leads parents through the process of understanding ASDs and their possible causes; how to recognize symptoms; different behavioral and developmental treatments; the role of medication and alternative/complementary medicine; forming a partnership with the pediatrician; finding community support and care; and how to become a child’s advocate and why one needs to. This book will help parents and their children learn about and face the challenges of living with autism-related conditions. While less personal than Lynn Kern Koegel’s and Claire LaZebnik’s Overcoming Austism and Growing Up on the Spectrum, this volume presents vital facts and figures and an excellent overview of ASDs, an ideal introductory handbook for parents, educators, and caregivers. (Oct.)
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"Covers a wide range of topics in a straight forward, common sense manner, such as diagnosis, different behavioral therapies, family stress issues, and lots of other vital information. Essential reading for parents of young children with autism." —Temple Grandin, author, Thinking in Pictures and The Way I See It

"Outstanding book and a tremendous resource for parents of autistic children. It is also a must-read for anyone else working to help children with autism reach their full potential." —Richard Besser, MD, FAAP, chief health and medical editor for ABC News

"Parents looking for a resource after an autism diagnosis will pull Autism Spectrum Disorders, What Every Parent Needs to Know off the shelf with great frequency. The AAP and Drs, Carbone and Rosenblatt cover complex issues in an accessible manner." —Patricia Wright, PhD, MPH, executive director of autism services for Easter Seals

"Instead of reading like a book, going through the pages of ASD: What Every Parent Needs to Know is more like having a casual conversation in your living room with an ASD wisdom person (or guru?)." —Chris Plauche, MD, FAAP, medical director of the Community Autism Network

"An essential guide for parents of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). As a Mom of a teenager with ASD, I wish a resource like this was available when my son was diagnosed in 2000."  —Sandy Tiahart, HRSA grant representative for the Autism Program of Illinois

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581106510
  • Publisher: American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Publication date: 9/26/2012
  • Series: What Every Parent Needs to Know
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 307,712
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is an organization of 60,000 member pediatricians dedicated to the health, safety, and well-being of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. Alan I. Rosenblatt, MD, FAAP, is a neurodevelopmental pediatrician and teaches general pediatrics at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He has combined patient care, advocacy, and teaching throughout his career in a variety of clinical settings in the United States and abroad and has received awards for clinical excellence and for his advocacy efforts. He has held professional leadership positions at the local, state, and national levels, including on the Autism Expert Panel of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He lives in Chicago. Paul S. Carbone, MD, FAAP, is a general pediatrician with experience in the area of autism spectrum disorders and related developmental disabilities. He is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Utah–Salt Lake City and a coordinator for the autism program of the Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program. He is a member of the Council on Children with Disabilities Autism Subcommittee of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Table of Contents

Please Note xi

Foreword xiii

Chapter 1 What are Autism Spectrum Disorders? 1

Chapter 2 What Causes Autism Spectrum Disorders? 21

Chapter 3 How do I Know if my Child has an Autism Spectrum Disorder? 39

Chapter 4 Behavioral and Developmental Treatment 67

Chapter 5 Tapping Educational Services 91

Chapter 6 When other Therapies aren't Enough: The Role of Medication 117

Chapter 7 The Role of Complementary and Alternative Medicine 137

Chapter 8 Partnering with your Pediatrician 163

Chapter 9 Services in your Community 179

Chapter 10 Accessing Care 195

Chapter 11 Adolescence and Beyond 209

Chapter 12 Putting it all Together: Everyday Strategies for Helping your Child 231

Chapter 13 Autism Spectrum Disorders and our Family 249

Chapter 14 The Future of Autism Spectrum Disorders 267

Chapter 15 Advocating for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders 279

Afterword: Shana's Special Wish 288

Appendixes

A Resources 293

B Early Intervention Program Referral form 303

C Emergency Information form for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders 304

D Medication Flow Sheet 306

Index 307

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