Demystifying Autism Spectrum Disorders (Topics in Autism Series): A Guide to Diagnosis for Parents and Professionals

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Parents of a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) need clear, comprehensive information to decipher the complex, behavior-based diagnostic evaluations and definitions. This invaluable guide for lay readers -- parents, educators, and caregivers -- describes the five developmental disorders that fall under the ASD umbrella, spells out the distinctions among them, demystifies the technical jargon, and provides an overview of treatment.

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Overview

Parents of a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) need clear, comprehensive information to decipher the complex, behavior-based diagnostic evaluations and definitions. This invaluable guide for lay readers -- parents, educators, and caregivers -- describes the five developmental disorders that fall under the ASD umbrella, spells out the distinctions among them, demystifies the technical jargon, and provides an overview of treatment.

Written by an experienced psychologist and behavior consultant, Demystifying Autism Spectrum Disorders is an excellent tool for parents who don't fully understand their child's diagnosis or wonder whether there is another ASD diagnosis that's more appropriate for their child. It's also useful to parents who suspect their child has an ASD but doesn't yet have a diagnosis.

With Demystifying Autism Spectrum Disorders, parents will have the confidence to participate in their child's diagnostic process and thus be better prepared to understand and play a critical role in their child's treatment.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781890627348
  • Publisher: Woodbine House
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Series: Topics in Autism Series
  • Pages: 241
  • Product dimensions: 4.86 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction 1
Chapter 2 So, You Suspect Your Child May Have an Autism Spectrum Disorder 13
Chapter 3 Autism: History, Myths, Progress, Demographics, and Theories of Cause 29
Chapter 4 Breaking Down the Five Autism Spectrum Disorders 45
Chapter 5 Common Features of Autism Spectrum Disorders 81
Chapter 6 Pinpointing the Right ASD Diagnosis 95
Chapter 7 The Diagnostic Process 121
Chapter 8 Your Child Has Just Been Diagnosed with an ASD...Now What? 163
Chapter 9 Treatment 181
Resource Guide 213
Recommended Reading 221
References 231
Index 235
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