Healthcare for Children on the Autism Spectrum: A Guide to Medical, Nutritional, and Behavioral Issues

Healthcare for Children on the Autism Spectrum: A Guide to Medical, Nutritional, and Behavioral Issues

by Fred R. Volkmar, Lisa Wiesner, Lisa A. Wiesner
     
 
Parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are in constant need of information about every aspect of their child's development. Now the task of understanding and managing their child's general health and medical care is made much easier with Healthcare for Children on the Autism Spectrum -- the first book for parents to focus on this important subject.

Overview

Parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are in constant need of information about every aspect of their child's development. Now the task of understanding and managing their child's general health and medical care is made much easier with Healthcare for Children on the Autism Spectrum -- the first book for parents to focus on this important subject. While a child with autism can be as healthy as any other, autism creates challenges, such as sensory issues and communication difficulties, that become a factor when considering almost all healthcare decisions. Dr. Volkmar, a leading authority on autism and director of the Developmental Disabilities Clinic and Research Program at the Yale University Child Study Center, and Dr. Wiesner, a pediatrician with a special interest in the field, offer parents and healthcare providers accessible, comprehensive information on a wide array of medical, nutritional, and behavioral concerns. Parents can find answers to help them understand symptoms and behaviors, guidelines to evaluate medications and alternative therapies, and tips to make doctor and dentist visits more manageable. There is also useful advice on how to forge a strong parent-doctor partnership, which is the cornerstone to any child's good health. This is an essential medical reference for all families, no matter where their child may fall on the autism spectrum.

Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Charles Kantrow, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This book is written to provide parents with a source of information regarding children who fall in the autistic spectrum. It provides a discussion of issues likely to be encountered from mental evaluations to adulthood.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide enough general information about the autistic spectrum of disease to allow parents to seek out and recognize quality medical care for their child. This is clearly a much needed book that provides appropriate direction for the care of children with these challenging issues. It meets the author's objectives.
Audience: The book is clearly written for the parents of children affected by autism. However, it would be a useful introductory book for residents and practitioners not familiar with caring for children with the autism spectrum.
Features: The book covers a description of autism and its associated diseases. It discusses how an evaluation for this spectrum is usually performed and who and how the evaluations proceed. The book reviews basic child care issues with special emphasis on specific areas likely to be challenging to parents of children with autism. Each chapter is followed by typical questions from parents and answered by the authors. The book ends with 10 pages of resources and a 15 page list of recommended reading.
Assessment: This is an excellent and balanced view of autism and its associated conditions for parents and other child caregivers. I know of no other book which provides such a comprehensive description of this difficult problem.
3 Stars from Doody

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780933149977
Publisher:
Woodbine House
Publication date:
02/28/2004
Series:
Topics in Autism Ser.
Pages:
378
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.75(d)

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