How to Live with Autism and Asperger Syndrome

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This accessible and valuable introduction to caring for a child with autism is an ideal resource for teachers and members of a child with autism's immediate and extended family. In clear and simple language, with many illustrations, the authors tackle common problems experienced in everyday routines such as eating, sleeping and going to the toilet, as well as how to cope with aggression and tantrums, preoccupations and compulsions and how to enable better communication and socialising. Based on up-to-date research and using many case examples, the authors consider step-by-step why each problem may be happening and suggest a number of solutions.

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With diagnoses of Asperger Syndrome (AS), high-functioning autism (HFA), and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) on the rise, there are readers seeking answers and information. As a resource, this book is a solid and accessible guide to what to look for, what to expect—as well as what not to expect—and how to handle situations with children with autism spectrum disorders. The first part presents steps for assessment and identification. The second, crucial segment grounds parents in how children with autism spectrum disorders view the world, and the third segment, called "How Can We Help?," applies the information in the second part to recommendations for helping with behavioral issues. The clear organization, matter-of-fact and accessible writing (although some "Britishisms" might take getting used to) and the respectful attitude toward children with ASD make this a good pick for teen parenting collections. Newly diagnosed teens looking for information would also be well served by this title, particularly the middle section, which could provide insight into some of the issues they face. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2004, Jessica Kingsley Publications, 336p. illus., Ages 15 to adult.
—Donna Scanlon
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843101840
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/15/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Does my child have autism spectrum disorder?
1 First worries 13
2 Assessment 23
3 The emotional impact on the family 33
Pt. 2 How do children with autism spectrum disorders view the world?
4 Mindblindness 43
5 Getting the gist 53
6 Sensory interests and sensitivities 65
7 Imagination, time perception, planning and memory 74
8 Language 81
Pt. 3 How can we help?
9 Managing behaviour 91
10 Developing social skills 112
11 Developing communication skills 159
12 Tantrums, aggression and frustration 181
13 Feeding 198
14 Toileting 209
15 Soiling 222
16 Sleeping 235
17 Preoccupations 260
18 Compulsions, routines and rituals 274
19 Mannerisms and repetitive movements 286
20 Other interventions 298
21 Final thoughts 311
App. 1 A template for making sense of a child's behaviour and planning ways to help 325
App. 2 Sample sleep diary B 327
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