Essential First Steps for Parents of Children with Autism: Helping the Littlest Learners

Essential First Steps for Parents of Children with Autism: Helping the Littlest Learners

by Lara Delmolino, Sandra L. Harris
     
 

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When autism is diagnosed or suspected in young children, overwhelmed parents wonder where to turn and how to begin helping their child. Drs. Delmolino and Harris, experienced clinicians and ABA therapists, eliminate the confusion and guesswork by outlining the pivotal steps parents can take now to optimize learning and functioning for children age 5 and

Overview

When autism is diagnosed or suspected in young children, overwhelmed parents wonder where to turn and how to begin helping their child. Drs. Delmolino and Harris, experienced clinicians and ABA therapists, eliminate the confusion and guesswork by outlining the pivotal steps parents can take now to optimize learning and functioning for children age 5 and younger. The book covers:

- early indicators of ASD in children younger than 3 years
- behaviors of 3 to 5 year olds with a confirmed diagnosis
- research about effective treatments & teaching methods
- strategies for boosting play, communication & self-help skills
- support for the rest of the family

Case studies and a review of evidence-based interventions and proven practices help parents prepare a strong foundation for their child's future development.

Also by Lara Delmolino & Sandra Harris: Incentives for Change

Also by Sandra Harris:
Siblings of Children with Autism: A Guide for Families
Right from the Start: Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism
Reaching Out, Joining In: Teaching Social Skills to Young Children with Autism

Editorial Reviews

CAPHIS Consumer Connections
The tone of Essential First Steps is extraordinarily hopeful. Each chapter opens with the story of a family, and proceeds to explain diagnoses, treatment plans, and strategies for the whole family. The emphasis is on scientifically-proven methods of treating ASD. Parents are cautioned about delays in treatment, fraudulent treatments and roadblocks to treatment. The emphasis is on encouraging early intervention strategies and utilizing well-trained professionals. For a little book, Essential First Steps is full of useful information. The content would be easily read by college-educated parents, but may be more of a struggle for others.
Library Journal
★ 01/01/2014
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an autism diagnosis occurs in one out of every 88 children, and the discovery is devastating to parents, who are often bewildered by the onslaught of information available and advice coming from all sides. Coauthors Delmolino (clinical faculty, Rutgers Univ.; director, Douglass Developmental Disabilities Ctr.) and Harris (emerita, Rutgers Univ.; executive director, Douglass Developmental Disabilities Ctr.) offer a detailed, authoritative guide that discusses everything from early indicators of autism to likely behaviors (including those rooted in sensory issues), how-to's for increasing communication and social skills, and family support. Case studies and reviews of promising research and interventions make this the go-to guide for parents of autistic children. VERDICT This is the manual that parents have been asking for. Highly recommended for those with newly diagnosed children, this helpful work is essential for all public library collections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606131893
Publisher:
Woodbine House
Publication date:
11/28/2013
Pages:
154
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Lara Delmolino is Clinical Associate Professor at Rutgers University, and Director of the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Sandra L. Harris is Professor Emerita at Rutgers University, and Executive Director of the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center.

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