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.