Does Your Baby Have Autism?: Detecting the Earliest Signs of Autism

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For many years, the diagnosis of autism has centered on a child’s social interaction--from poor eye contact to lack of language skills. Although the autism community agrees that early intervention is key to effective treatment, the telltale signs of this disorder usually don’t reveal themselves until the age of two or three. But what if it were possible to detect the potential for autism within the first year of life?

Osnat and Philip Teitelbaum have worked for nearly two ...

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Overview

For many years, the diagnosis of autism has centered on a child’s social interaction--from poor eye contact to lack of language skills. Although the autism community agrees that early intervention is key to effective treatment, the telltale signs of this disorder usually don’t reveal themselves until the age of two or three. But what if it were possible to detect the potential for autism within the first year of life?

Osnat and Philip Teitelbaum have worked for nearly two decades to establish ways of detecting signs of potential autism or Asperger’s syndrome by examining early motor development. This book first provides general information about the history of autism and The Ladder of Motor Development. Each of four chapters then examines one motor milestone—righting, sitting, crawling, or walking—contrasting typical and atypical development so that it’s easy to recognize unusual patterns of movement.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Husband-and-wife researchers present for the lay reader intriguing results from two decades of close observation and early detection of autism and Asperger's syndrome in babies. Instead of relying on language deficits and socialization to identify these developmental disorders, which has been the traditional approach by doctors, delaying detection and thus treatment to two years and older, this team reasoned from watching videos concerned parents made of their infants that atypical movement patterns signaling autism were apparent within the first year. While a typical baby achieves milestones of righting himself, crawling, sitting and walking through specific movements, the autistic child's "ladder of motor development" progresses differently, for example, in asymmetrical positions, lagging reflexes or impaired sense of balance. Each chapter defines what is typical and what is problematic, what parents can do to stimulate growth and how to seek help. The authors emphasize the importance of keeping records and offer a "Observation Journal" for the infant's caregiver, as well as numerous pages of resources. Nonsexist, reasoned if somewhat urgent in tone, this work, which is sure to be controversial, aims to turn the caregiver's intuition into positive, early action. (May)

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Early diagnosis and intervention are key in the treatment of autism spectrum disorders, according to most experts in the field. The Teitelbaums, a husband-and-wife team, have been working for 20 years on developing a screening program that might assist in identifying autism indicators in the first six months of a child's life. They share the result here, a prescreening program based on the observation of babies' physical movement patterns. The Teitelbaums explain typical infant movement development and then show what movement differences children later diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders exhibit. They spend considerable time explaining their research methodology as well as going into detail about autism spectrum disorders. The resources, glossary of terms, chapters on seeking help, and list of suggested reading will prove invaluable to parents, while the numerous drawings and pictures illustrate what signs parents and professionals should be looking for when assessing their child's development. Also included is a journal for recording monthly observations of a child's movements. Recommended for public libraries with developmental disability and autism spectrum collections.
—Lisa M. Jordan

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780757002403
  • Publisher: Square One Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,028,446
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Osnat Teitelbaum studied movement and movement notation under Professor Noa Eshkol, at Seminar Hakibbutzim College and Tel Aviv University. Since 1989, she has taught movement analysis at the University of Florida.

Philip Teitelbaum, PhD, completed his doctoral degree in Physiological Psychology at Johns Hopkins University. He has been a professor at Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Illinois.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Foreword     xi
A World About Gender     xiv
Preface     xv
Introduction     1
What Is Autism?     5
Symmetry     15
Reflexes     29
The Ladder of Motor Development     41
Righting     49
Crawling     59
Sitting     69
Walking     79
Seeking Help     91
Conclusion     105
Glossary of Terms     107
Resources     117
Suggested Reading List     125
References     129
Observation Journal     131
Parent Questionnaire     145
Index     147
About the Authors     152

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