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Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Every Parent Needs to Know
     

Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Every Parent Needs to Know

by Alan I. Rosenblatt (Editor), Paul S. Carbone (Editor)
 

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Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Every Parent Needs to Know is an invaluable resource for parents and caregivers of children who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Prepared under the editorial direction of 2 distinguished pediatricians who are autism experts — one of whom is also the parent of an autistic son — this book helps

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Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Every Parent Needs to Know is an invaluable resource for parents and caregivers of children who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Prepared under the editorial direction of 2 distinguished pediatricians who are autism experts — one of whom is also the parent of an autistic son — this book helps you understand how ASDs are defined and diagnosed and provides you with information on the most current types of behavioral and developmental therapies.

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781581106510
Publisher:
American Academy of Pediatrics
Publication date:
09/26/2012
Series:
What Every Parent Needs to Know
Pages:
300
Sales rank:
721,531
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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