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My Child Has Autism, Now What

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"Your child has autism"-four small words with the power to leave parents feeling helpless, overwhelmed, and confused. This concise, no-nonsense book will enable parents to regain control of the situation and take the first practical steps towards a calm and happy life with their newly-diagnosed child.

Dr. Larson Kidd's approach draws from the vast amount of information available on parenting a child with autism and distils it into ten manageable steps. It covers the key aspects of life with a child on the autism ...

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My Child Has Autism, Now What?: 10 Steps to Get You Started

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Overview

"Your child has autism"-four small words with the power to leave parents feeling helpless, overwhelmed, and confused. This concise, no-nonsense book will enable parents to regain control of the situation and take the first practical steps towards a calm and happy life with their newly-diagnosed child.

Dr. Larson Kidd's approach draws from the vast amount of information available on parenting a child with autism and distils it into ten manageable steps. It covers the key aspects of life with a child on the autism spectrum, including the basics such as sleeping, eating, and toileting, through adapting the home, creating routines, and exploring therapy. Ready-to-implement strategies are outlined simply and clearly, and are firmly grounded in the author's extensive experience of supporting children with autism.

This practical book will be essential and empowering reading for every parent whose child has recently been diagnosed with autism or for parents still struggling with where to begin to help their child.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849058414
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/15/2010
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,410,256
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Larson Kidd is an educational and behavioral consultant with over 25 years of experience in special education. Her philosophy and practice are based on the belief that all kids can learn-it is our job to figure out how they learn. Her areas of expertise include autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), amongst others. She resides in Duluth, Minnesota.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Beginning the Path 9

Step 1 Help Your Child with Sleeping, Eating, and Toileting 15

Step 2 Help Your Child by Using Visual Supports 36

Step 3 Incorporate Sensory Integration Strategies 46

Step 4 Simplify Areas in Your Home 60

Step 5 Use Music to Help Your Child 69

Step 6 Create Routines 77

Step 7 Take Your Child to Speech/Language Therapy 84

Step 8 Start Educational Services 91

Step 9 Start with the Basic Biomedical Interventions 99

Step 10 Build a Support Team 107

Afterword: You Are on Your Way 114

Appendix A Sensory Plans 116

Appendix B Samples of IEP Goals and Services 118

Appendix C Educational Services Information in the United States 120

Bibliography 124

Index 126

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