Autism Spectrum Disorders from A to Z: Assessment, Diagnosis...& More! / Edition 1

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This book goes step-by-step through the complex of symptoms, definitions, assessments and diagnoses of the variety of autism spectrum disorders. The authors focus on the roles of the school system, parents, teachers, medical professionals, adult service providers and agencies. The authors provide practical strategies to improve the assessment process and help the child or adult deal with the stress of the evaluations, which include everything from psychiatric or neurological to audiology or visual processing. They cover the impact of the diagnosis on the individual with ASD, as well as the emotional issues and impacts on the family and other people who interact with the child/adult who's been diagnosed. Finally, they tackle the controversial issues of causes and "cures" for ASD. Guiding readers step-by-step through the complex of symptoms, definitions, assessments and diagnoses of the variety of autism spectrum disorders, the authors provide practical strategies to improve the assessment process and help the child or adult deal with the stress of the evaluations.

Guiding readers step-by-step through the complex of symptoms, definitions, assessments and diagnoses of the variety of autism spectrum disorders, the authors provide practical strategies to improve the assessment process and help the child or adult deal with the stress of the evaluations.

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Editorial Reviews

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“What do you get when you combine experience, impeccable research and common sense into a new book for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), their parents, and professionals who work with them? Autism Spectrum Disorders from A to Z, by Barbara Doyle and Emily Iland. A product of passion, punctuated with case studies of real life experiences and presented in an easy-to-read format, this is a must have book for every parent and professional new to ASD—and for those that have been around the block a few hundred times!”
Dennis Debbaudt, author of Autism, Advocates and Law Enforcement Professionals


“This is a masterpiece! Every parent and professional connected to a person with ASD will treasure the encyclopedic knowledge available in ASD from A to Z. Doyle and Iland have anticipated all the questions that might arise—from diagnosis through adulthood—in the life of a person with ASD. The information you need is presented with deep caring. It is as if a good and wise friend is there to guide you.”
Nancy Margulies, Counseling Psychologist, Award-winning educational author of Mapping Inner Space and Map It!, Maps Mindscapes and More, Brian's Brain, and Magic Seven


“Now the information that only a few 'experts' had access to is available to everyone. The various therapies and assessments are meshed into a readable, comprehensive whole. Parents will love this book! Thank you, Emily and Barbara!”
Rebeca Zavaleta, mother of a ten-year-old daughter with ASD


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932565072
  • Publisher: Future Horizons, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 462
  • Sales rank: 1,370,580
  • Product dimensions: 8.55 (w) x 11.06 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Thompson Doyle, MS, is a special education professional with over thirty years of experience in developmental disability services. A consultant in private practice, she is well known and respected for her practical and positive approaches to addressing the needs of children and adults with disabilities. As an enthusiastic lecturer, teacher and trainer, Ms. Doyle travels extensively to bring her holistic, humane and effective approaches to others. Ms. Doyle is "Aunt Barbara" to Tom Iland, who has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Emily lives in Santa Clarita, CA, with her husband Steve and their family. In Autism Spectrum Disorders from A to Z, she draws on her experiences advocating for her son Tom who has ASD, and assisting other families. Emily’s co-author is her sister, Barbara Doyle, who shares her perspective as an educational professional and autism specialist.

Emily translated their book into Spanish and published the Spanish version in June, 2005. Los Trastornos del Espectro de Autismo de la A a la Z is the winner of the 2006 Outstanding Literary Work of the Year from the Autism Society of America. In April, 2007 both books were awarded the Exceptional Parent Magazine Symbol of Excellence Award.

Emily is a member of the Transition Task Force of the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism and will be providing data from her thesis to inform the Commission’s legislative recommendations. She is the Secretary of the Autism Society of America, Los Angeles, and a founding member of SCAAN, Santa Clarita Autism Asperger Network. Emily is a founding member of C.L.E.A.R, Community and Law Enforcement Aware Response, a collaborative to reduce criminal involvement of people with disabilities and help law enforcement officials be informed in their response to people with special needs.


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Table of Contents

About the authors
Introduction from Emily
Introduction from Barbara
Purpose of the book
Terms used
Who this book is intended to help
Who should read this book?
Chapter One: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
The Diagnostic Process
Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD): the Umbrella Category
PDD and ASD Overlap and Are Often Used Interchangeably
Discussion of the Term "ASD"
Characteristics of ASD
Range of Effects
Table 1.1, The Range of Effects in ASD
Common Misperceptions About ASD
Implications of ASD
Learning Strengths and Areas of Difficulty of People with ASD
Chapter Summary
Chapter Two: Considerations in the Diagnosis of ASD
Recognizing the Need to Get a Professional Opinion
Making the Connection with ASD
Difficulty and Differences Using Diagnostic Terms
Differential Diagnosis
Barriers to Accurate Diagnosis: Not Recognizing Autism
ASD, By Many Other Names
"Labels" Within ASD
What Difference the Diagnosis Makes
Diagnostic Criteria, Explained
Autistic Disorder
Pervasive Developmental Disorder
Asperger Syndrome (AS)
AS and High Functioning Autism (HFA): Same or Different?
ASD and ADD Similarities
ASD and ADD Differences
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)?
Questions to Ask
ADHD Criteria
ASD and Hyperlexia
ASD, Semantic Pragmatic Disorder and
Nonverbal Learning Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder and Cognitive Disabilities
Chapter Summary
Chapter Three: Beginning the Process of Assessment and Diagnosis
Options in Diagnosis: Who Can Diagnose
The Role of the School System
The Role of the Parent
The Role of Adult Service Providers and Agencies
Options for Adults Referring Themselves for Diagnosis
Emotions and the Assessment Process
How Parents Can Help Professionals with the Diagnostic Process
Preparing a Written Personal History
Adults Piece the Puzzle Together
What to Include in the Developmental History
3.1 Matt’s Story
3.2 Laura’s Timeline
3.3 About Alex
The Role of Teachers
Chapter Summary
Chapter Four: The Assessment Process
What is an Assessment?
The Purpose of Assessment
4.1, The Assessment Cycle
Components of a Comprehensive Assessment
The Assessment Team
Challenges in the Assessment Process for Professionals, Parents and Individuals

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2006

    For everyone who wants to know more

    It explains autism, what can help those with autism and more in a clear, easy to understand way. This is very help for everyone, no matter if they or someone they know has autism or just want to find out about it. Becuase I have autism, I can promise that it explains autism increadilbly well.

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