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Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Complete Guide
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Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Complete Guide

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by Chantal Sicile-Kira, Temple Grandin (Foreword by)

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Based on nearly two decades of Chantal Sicile-Kira's personal and professional experiences with individuals and families affected by this growing epidemic, Autism Spectrum Disorders explains all aspects of the condition, including:

- The causes of autism spectrum disorders
- How to properly diagnose ASDs
- Treatments based on behavioral, psychological


Based on nearly two decades of Chantal Sicile-Kira's personal and professional experiences with individuals and families affected by this growing epidemic, Autism Spectrum Disorders explains all aspects of the condition, including:

- The causes of autism spectrum disorders
- How to properly diagnose ASDs
- Treatments based on behavioral, psychological and biomedical interventions
- Coping strategies for families
- Educational needs and programs
- Living and working conditions for adults with ASD
- Community interaction
- Teaching strategies and resources for educators and other professionals

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Library Journal
Sicile-Kira draws on 20 years' experience as both a professional and a parent in this single-volume guide to Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD), first published in Britain in 2003. She covers many topics (e.g., education, diagnosis, treatments, family life, resources, and life for adults with autism) but does not usually provide enough detail to be truly informative, even in an introductory manner. In part, the problem lies in her using quotes to explain ASD; her selections primarily come from five people her own son and authors Temple Grandin, Liane Willey, Donna Williams, and Tito Mukhopadhyay not a sufficient cross section. Sicile-Kira does, however, provide a few strong chapters, such as education especially when discussing getting through an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meeting and services for adults with ASD. For a better single volume on ASD, see Mitzi Waltz's Autistic Spectrum Disorders. An optional purchase for public libraries. Corey Seeman, Univ. of Toledo Libs., OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Penguin Group (USA)
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8.88(w) x 10.88(h) x 1.01(d)
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18 Years

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Dispelling the Myths of ASD

Myth #1: The Rain Man Myth

There are certainly individuals with ASDs who have extraordinary talent or, more usually, an inconsistent profile where they excel or do well in one area and have low performance in others. For example, years ago I worked with a young man who had a gift for memorizing and was infatuated with sports. On my first day of work at Fairview State Hospital, he came up to me and said, "I used to be a sports newscaster. Ask me any question about sports and I'll fill you in." He had memorized the pertinent statistics for all the World Series from the previous two decades. We talked sports and I did find him a bit odd. For a few minutes I entertained the thought that he was another employee, thinking what a dedicated person he must be to quit working for the media and join the staff at this hospital. Then I looked on my roster and realized he was one of my students for functional living skills. He definitely had a talent for sports statistics, but hadn't yet learned how to dress himself independently or tie his own shoes.

However, there are many more individuals with ASDs who have no particular special talent, any more than the rest of us do.

Myth #2:

Everyone who has an ASD is a genius, a Thomas Jefferson in waiting. It is true that some people with ASDs are geniuses, but not everyone is. Thomas Jefferson, it appears, had characteristics of Asberger's, within the range of modern diagnostic criteria. Others such as Beethoven, Isaac Newton, and Einstein have all been mentioned as famous people who could have been diagnosed as on the spectrum. However, for every person with ASD who is a genius, there are many more who are mere mortals like ourselves.

Myth #3:

Everyone who has an ASD is mentally retarded.

If you start with the perception that someone is mentally retarded, the expectations for that individual aren't going to be very high, and he will never be given the opportunity to reach as far as he can go. Better to hope he's a genius and be disappointed than never to have given a person the benefit of the doubt. The reality is that the population of people with ASDs is much like the general population: some of us have special talents, some of us are geniuses, and some of us are retarded. But most of us are just average earthlings.

Myth #4:

Everyone who has a symptom of an ASD has an ASD. If a person has one or two characteristics of an ASD, it does not necessarily mean he has an ASD. It is the number and severity of behavioral characteristics in the areas of social interaction, communication, and repetitive stereotypical behaviors that causes concern. That is why it's important to consult with a medical professional who is familiar with ASDs.

Myth #5: There is no cure for (or recovery from) ASDs

There is no magical pill that cures everyone. However, there are cases of children who were diagnosed as clearly having ASDs, and who are now considered to be neurotypical or symptom-free by professionals thanks to interventions they have received. Recovery means that they have to have overcome some of the symptoms they had that made it difficult for them to live full and successful lives in a world created by neurotypicals. Myth #6:

People with ASDs have no emotions and do not get attached to other people

It is true that people with an ASD show emotions in a different way from neurotypicals. However, just because a person does not show emotions in the way we are used to seeing them exhibited does not mean that they don't have feelings. One only has to read accounts by people with autism to realize that some individuals express emotions differently or are unable to show emotion at all because they are not in control of their muscles or motor planning.

What People are Saying About This

Bernard Rimland
"...It will provide invaluable help and guidance to parents and professionals alike, especially those who are new to the world of autism. This book is not merely highly recommended - it is indispensable!"
Ph.D., Director, Austism Research Institute, Founder, Autism Society of America
Temple Grandin
...information from personal experiences will give...parents and professionals...insight into how people on the spectrum perceive the world.
Ph.D., author, Thinking In Pictures and Animals in Translation
Anthony Edwards
This reference guide is...invaluable for anyone in the community who comes across individuals with autism in their line of work.
E.R.'s Dr. Greene

Meet the Author

Chantal Sicile-Kira, author of Autism Spectrum Disorders, is a national speaker and advocate who has been involved with autism spectrum disorders for nearly 20 years, first as a professional and then as a parent. She currently hosts a weekly radio show, "The Real World of Autism with Chantal," on Autism One Radio. Her company, Autism Making a Difference, Inc., provides workshops and training materials.

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mistress_of_prose More than 1 year ago
I have read many books about ASD since I found out about my son's Autism, and this is by far the best one I have read on the subject so far. It does not take sides in the vaccines vs. genetics debate, and it gives you both sides of the story and evidence for both possible causes. It is a great book for parents who are just finding out about their child's Autism. It gives you good information about how to get better informed, how to inform others, and how to adjust your life and your child's life to accommodate their needs. The book is well organized and covers everything you need to know in the beginning. I recommend this book for any parent of an Autistic child, teachers, family of Autistic persons, and friends of Autistic persons. This was a great book for my husband and I to read. We understand our son so much better now, and we are better able to meet his needs now.
HG28 More than 1 year ago
For someone who didn't know anything about Autism Spectrum disorders I found it very helpful and informative as an introduction. Good place to start when you are researching information on ASD's.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cannot say enough how wonderful this book has been this past year while we were having our son tested. I was very happy to find it for my nook. If you have any concerns about your child, this book is a great wealth of information.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I bought when I suspected autism in my children. The book is very broad overview of autism. Its okay to get a general idea on what autism is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was okay. I would be best for someone who has not read much on the subject yet. I was a little disappointed and was looking for more than just a broad coverage of PDD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an excellent resource for parents, healthcare professionals, and anyone interested in learning more about autism.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chantal Sicile-Kira has written an essential resource book for anyone who has encountered someone with autism. Well-organized, comprehensive and informative this book provides a buffet of knowledge and resources for the parent and the professional. What distinguishes this book is her ability to disseminate factual information from a professional vantage point and provide insights from her personal life as a parent of a son with autism, strengthening the validity of her understanding. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for comphrensive guide on autism.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I Learned about autizm in school when the ark people came in and it was sad to here about the people thathave autizam and that is nothing to joke about people can be born with it or if they get into a bad accident and they can have autizam and if you see someone different then you dont look at them then laugh and walk away go talk to them be their friend and make them feel like they have made a new friend
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Nods and picks up her rabit and fish
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I need my warriors ceremony. Gtgtb
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Stormflash got it all wrong...........Gracekit was with Badgerkit before Orangekit. They were sweethearts. Then idk what made them break up. But Grcaekit got with orangekit. Then they became apps and Badgerpaw wanted Gracepaw back so moonpaw who was gracepaws sister advised him to confess. Gracepaw wanted him back too. But she was with Orangepaw! So Moonpaw advised her to finally end it with Orangepaw. She did and orangepaw became bitter and jelous and he left to build a clan that died. I think. He still comes around completely dazed.