Autism Spectrum Disorders [Two Volumes] [2 volumes]: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals

Overview

With the increased number of children being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders, parents and professionals are in search of materials that provide information theat will enable them to better understand affected children. While in the past individuals who were diagnosed had limited verbal and intellectual skills, newly diagnosed children often have good language skills and even areas of giftedness. This A-to-Z work contains original entries on the topic of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Entries include facts ...

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Overview

With the increased number of children being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders, parents and professionals are in search of materials that provide information theat will enable them to better understand affected children. While in the past individuals who were diagnosed had limited verbal and intellectual skills, newly diagnosed children often have good language skills and even areas of giftedness. This A-to-Z work contains original entries on the topic of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Entries include facts about disabilities, personal and historic perspectives, interventions, assessments, educational methods, trusted internet resources, and national organizations. The work outlines the contributions of founding researchers and other professionals and includes personal perspectives from individuals with ASD and their parents. It also includes lesson plans that can be implemented in a home, school, or community setting. No other such definitive resource exists that provides both educational and practical information related to ASD.

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"This is an excellent resource for those needing a primer on autism spectrum disorders. Each article in this two-volume work is signed, and the longer articles include references and sometimes a further reading list. A roster details contributors' areas of expertise in autism and its variations. The generally well-written articles, from contributors with excellent credentials who deal with autism every day, vary in length from a few hundred words to a few thousand. Topics covered range from evaluation of children with autism to advice on how to cope with common concerns inherent in raising autistic children, including auditory sensitivity, bullying in school, making eye contact, recognizing social cues, and making appropriate conversation. The second volume contains four appendixes: Newsletters, Journals, Organizations, and Personal Perspectives. The latter will be especially useful for parents, grandparents, or teachers who want to read firsthand accounts from mothers and fathers of autistic children, and also personal accounts from higher functioning adults and young people with diagnoses in the autism spectrum (e.g., Asperger's syndrome). This work will serve as an indispensable tool for those searching for answers to the many questions surrounding autism spectrum disorders. Highly recommended. All levels."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313336324
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/2007
  • Edition description: Two Volume Set
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

BRENDA SMITH MYLES is Professor at the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence at the University of Kansas. She writes and speaks internationally on Asperger Syndrome and autism.

TERRI COOPER SWANSON is an Autism Spectrum Disorder consultant and doctoral student at the University of Kansas.

JEANNE HOLVERSTOTT is an autism specialist.

MEGAN MOORE DUNCAN is a freelance project coordinator, writer, and speaker.

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