My Child Has Autism: What Parents Need to Know [NOOK Book]


"Autism isn't something a person has, or a 'shell' someone is trapped inside. There is no 'normal' child hidden behind the autism… Autism is a way of being." --Jim Sinclair

There are no words to describe how families feel when they learn that a child they love has been diagnosed with autism. This book was written for those families. It explains autism in simple terms, ...
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My Child Has Autism: What Parents Need to Know

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"Autism isn't something a person has, or a 'shell' someone is trapped inside. There is no 'normal' child hidden behind the autism… Autism is a way of being." --Jim Sinclair

There are no words to describe how families feel when they learn that a child they love has been diagnosed with autism. This book was written for those families. It explains autism in simple terms, discusses the major characteristics associated with autism, and offers simple strategies for helping children with autism function in their homes, at school, and in the community.

With the help of this book, families will begin to understand the puzzle called autism. It provides strategies for families to help their child:
• Learn to be independent
• Succeed in school
• Build social skills
• Communicate with others

Although there is no cure for autism, there is certainly hope. My Child Has Autism provides strategies that are the result of Clarissa Willis' 30 years of experience working with children with autism and their families, as a teacher, speech pathologist, early interventionist, and consultant.
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Editorial Reviews

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"This book gives a great outlined approach to the parent and professional. It explains in great detail the why and how of Autism. This is a good starting manual for those parents whose child is newly diagnosed. It brings up characteristics of Autism that no one cares to touch on, like extensively explaining Sensory Processing Disorder, and helping your child develop life skills and why its important. Communication is vital! And this book gives great tools on how to do this."

-- Jenny McCarthy - actress, comedian, model, mother, author of three NY Times bestsellers, leading spokesperson for autism awareness

Children's Literature - Michelina P. Bonanno
This book is an excellent resource for parents and families of children with autism, as well as for anyone who takes care of these children. Willis focuses on the positive by presenting coping strategies for caregivers, while at the same time offering strategies that can be used to build social skills and foster independence in a child whose behavior falls within the range of the autism spectrum. The easy-to-read layout of the book is presented early on and followed consistently throughout. Important information and key terms are presented in graphs and illustrations, and explained with examples and analogies to clarify meaning and promote understanding. Topics covered range from defining and understanding autism to helping a child with autism communicate, play and become integrated within the school and community. Step-by-step strategies and tips are clearly labeled and presented in separate units within each chapter. Key terms and additional resources are offered at the ends, and a list of additional references and resources, as well as a cross referenced index complete the book. This is an invaluable, easy-to-use resource for anyone engaged in teaching or caring for a child with any form of autism. Reviewer: Michelina P. Bonanno, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876591314
  • Publisher: Gryphon House, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Clarissa Willis, Ph.D. has been working in the field of early childhood education for more than 20 years. Clarissa is a frequent keynote speaker and presenter at regional and national early childhood conferences. Her articles on child development and early childhood special education have been published both nationally and internationally.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Chapter 1 Putting the Pieces Together to Understand This Puzzle Called Autism 9

Chapter 2 Understanding Your Child's Behavior and Obsession with Routines 27

Chapter 3 Using Signs, Symbols, and Language to Help Your Child Communicate 47

Chapter 4 Lights! Camera! Action! Sensory Integration and Autism 77

Chapter 5 Helping Your Child Learn to Be Independent 93

Chapter 6 Your Child in Your Community 117

Chapter 7 Helping Your Child Get Along with Others 127

Chapter 8 Encouraging Your Child to Play 141

References and Resources 155

Index 158

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    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

    My Child Has Autism is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards® honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; and Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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