Targeting Autism: What We Know, Don't Know, and Can do to Help Young Children with Autism and Related Disorders

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Targeting Autism reaches out to everyone who lives with, cares about, or is trying to understand and help a young child who has or may have autism. With special attention to recent advances in early identification and educational treatment, Shirley Cohen, a teacher of teachers, provides expert guidance for families, educators, students, therapeutic personnel, and all those interested in autistic spectrum disorders that may affect as many as one out of every 200 to 250 children. Cohen, who has no personal or ...

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Targeting Autism reaches out to everyone who lives with, cares about, or is trying to understand and help a young child who has or may have autism. With special attention to recent advances in early identification and educational treatment, Shirley Cohen, a teacher of teachers, provides expert guidance for families, educators, students, therapeutic personnel, and all those interested in autistic spectrum disorders that may affect as many as one out of every 200 to 250 children. Cohen, who has no personal or professional stake in any of the various forms of treatment, leads us through an analysis of the approaches currently available, especially the educational interventions designed for young children. Readers will welcome this informed and humane combination of up-to-date research findings, personal observations, and narratives from parents and adults with autism. Targeting Autism also highlights advances in research that promise an answer to the puzzles of autism and the elimination of its devastating effects on the development of children.


In a new preface and updated appendix of resources Cohen includes information about new developments and new ways of thinking that have recently modified the map of the world of autism or may do so in the near future.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780520234802
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 238
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Shirley Cohen is Professor of Special Education at Hunter College of the City University of New York. Her previous books include Special People: A Brighter Future for Everyone with Physical, Mental, and Emotional Disabilities (1977) and Respite Care: Principles, Programs, and Policies (1985).

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 What is autism?
1 Meeting autism 3
2 Having autism 24
3 Life cycles 41
4 Families 78
Pt. 2 Treating autism
5 We have a dream 93
6 Is ABA the answer? : intervention approaches 103
7 Whatever happened to equal opportunity? 141
8 Some thoughts on alternative treatments and other intervention controversies 156
Pt. 3 Looking for cures, recovery, and better lives
9 Recovery? 177
10 Moving toward better answers 192
App. A Diagnostic criteria for autistic disorder 209
App. B Diagnostic criteria for Asperger's disorder 211
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2000

    This should be your FIRST read.

    My son is autistic. It is still painful to write those words. When we got the diagnosis we turned into information processing machines. I found that, while all have good intentions, most authors on this subject will focus on ONE and ONLY ONE way of dealing with autism. All other treatments are frequently deemed inferior and a waste of time. Autism is a spectrum disorder with a spectrum of causes and treatments. Cohen is one of a few even-handed presentations of the causes and available treatments that I have found. She lists the advantages and pitfalls of many causes and many treatments in ways that made it hard for me to miss the forest for the trees. It is VITAL that all causes be explored for the autistic child. Only then can the proper treatment be started. We ruled out food alergies, hearing disorders and several other causes for my son. We have been blessed in that we were financially and emotionally able to start an intensive in-home ABA program for him. By the grace of God, all is going well. Cohen's book has been an irreplacable reference point to keep us grounded and focused. As I stated above, please, make this your FIRST read. God bless you, Ms. Cohen.

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