Living with Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Guidance for Parents, Carers and Siblings

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By giving a concise account of what life may be like following the diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) in the family, Living with Autistic Spectrum Disorders examines service provision at different stages, and provides information for parents, carers and practitioners. Parents want support and advice during and after a diagnosis of ASDs, and professionals want to be able to give the right answers. This book will meet the needs of both.

Issues dealt with include: how to help the family, how to help brothers and sisters, preparing children with ASDs for the world outside, keeping expectations high, how to work together with schools and other agencies, finding community links.

About the Author:
Elizabeth Attfield is a Training Officer for autism.west midlands

About the Author:
Hugh Morgan is Chief Executive of Autism Cymru

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Meet the Author

Elizabeth began her career as a Language teacher in Secondary schools. After retraining to work with Primary age children, she held a variety of posts in mainstream and special educational settings, before moving to the voluntary sector as Parent Partnership Officer. She joined autism.west midlands over eleven years ago as Information Officer and is also the mother of a 24 year old son with ASD and SLD who now lives in an autism specific adult residential setting in Lincolnshire, having previously been a pupil at Sunfield School, Clent. In her current role as Learning and Professional Development Manager, her specific remit is to take the lead on all aspects of autism training both within autism.west midlands and externally, including the co-ordination of accredited autism training. Her particular areas of autism related interest are communication, play and social skills and working effectively with families. She is co-editor of the Good Autism Practice Journal and co-author of ‘Living with Autistic Spectrum Disorder’.

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Table of Contents


About the authors     vii
Acknowledgements     ix
How to use this book     xi
Understanding the parental emotional rollercoaster     1
Brothers and sisters and wider family issues     6
Autism: some key facts     11
Getting your child's educational needs met     18
Choosing a school     22
Positive strategies for daily living     31
Growing up and facing the future     40
Working together effectively - families and professionals     50
Keeping it all in perspective     55
Finding information, help and support     61
References     77
Glossary     79
Index     81
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