Understanding Autism For Dummies [NOOK Book]

Overview

Identify signs and symptoms for early intervention

Get the right diagnosis and customized treatment plan for your loved one or yourself

This reassuring guide explains the symptoms of autism, how it's diagnosed, and the current options for treatment. You'll get helpful information on the latest in genetic and biomedical research, as well as ...

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Overview

Identify signs and symptoms for early intervention

Get the right diagnosis and customized treatment plan for your loved one or yourself

This reassuring guide explains the symptoms of autism, how it's diagnosed, and the current options for treatment. You'll get helpful information on the latest in genetic and biomedical research, as well as coverage of special-needs financial planning, legal rights for education, and handling issues unique to adults with autism.

Discover how to

  • Find and work with autism specialists
  • Create and help manage an effective educational plan for your child
  • Enhance communication and social skills
  • Evaluate treatment options
  • Explore other helpful autism resources
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118053133
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 226,969
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Stephen M. Shore received a regressive autism diagnosis at age 18 months, became nonverbal, and was deemed “too sick” to be treated on an outpatient basis. Today, he’s finishing a doctoral degree focused on helping people with autism lead fulfilling and productive lives. When not teaching college-level courses in special education and teaching children with autism how to play musical instruments, he consults and presents on autism-related issues internationally. Some topics of particular interest to him include comparative approaches for helping people with autism, education, and disaster preparedness for people with disabilities. He also focuses on challenges faced by adults in terms of self-advocacy, disclosure, post-secondary education, employment, interdependent living, and relationships.

Stephen holds bachelor degrees in music and accounting and information systems from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He also holds a masters degree in music education and is on the cusp of finishing his doctorate in education from Boston University. Although he seems to spend most of his time traveling in airplanes (Boeing 747-400 preferred), he resides in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his wife on the rare occasions when he’s home.

Linda G. Rastelli is an award-winning journalist, instructional designer, and author with 20 years of experience in writing and designing instruction for health, education, and business topics. In her career, she has focused on making complex and technical information understandable to the layperson. Although she has covered subjects ranging from financial ratio analysis to educational reform, her most challenging inquiry to date — an undertaking that has made her other projects look like finger painting in comparison — has been autism.

Linda holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Delaware and a masters degree from Columbia University. She lives on the New Jersey coast with her husband and her cat, who have reached a blissful state of detente. She hopes to keep her day job.

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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Introduction.

Part I: Understanding Autism.

Chapter 1: Autism: The Big Picture.

Chapter 2: From Classification to Treatment: Scanning the Autism Spectrum.

Chapter 3: Causes, Clusters, and Clues: Where Does Autism Come From?

Chapter 4: Getting a Diagnosis.

Chapter 5: Asperger Syndrome and Autism.

Part II: Addressing Physical Needs.

Chapter 6: Injecting Yourself with Knowledge about Autism Medication.

Chapter 7: Improving Immunity and Boosting Biochemistry.

Chapter 8: Optimizing Nutrition.

Part III: Enhancing Learning and Social Skills.

Chapter 9: Choosing an Appropriate Behavioral, Developmental, or

Educational Intervention.

Chapter 10: Dealing with Learning and Sensory Differences.

Chapter 11: Finding a Learning Environment That Fits Your Child’s Needs.

Chapter 12: Legally Speaking: Making the Most of Your Child’s Education.

Chapter 13: Fostering Healthy Relationships.

Part IV: Living with Autism as an Adult.

Chapter 14: For Adults with Autism: Living Well after K-12.

Chapter 15: For Adults with Autism: Fostering Friendships and Romantic Relationships.

Chapter 16: Special-Needs Planning for the Future.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 17: Ten Tactful Responses to Challenging Questions or Comments.

Chapter 18: Ten Things to Do after a Diagnosis.

Appendix: Where to Go for More Help.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2010

    so much info

    I have done tons upon tons on info on autism and this book filled in all the gaps! I wish I would have bought this sooner!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    SO MUCH HELP

    my cousin has autism and since he was a baby ive had to baby sit him and watch him while my aunts were shopping and stuff,and so is my best freinds brother. This helped sooooooo much,thank u rastelli,shore,and gradin

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Canine

    I'm quitting. *she sighs and kisses you gently.* ...Bye, Cyrus.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Cyrus

    Yay!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    WARRIORS: Fall of the Stars: Moonlight

    WARRIORS: Fall of the Stars: Moonlight
    ALLEGIANCES
    SHADOWCLAN-
    LEADER: Clawstar- A large black tom with white paws and tail-tip.
    DEPUTY: Amberlight- A pale ginger tabby shecat with silver eyes.
    MEDICINE CAT: Bloomstream- A blue-gray shecat with white splotches. (Ruepaw)
    WARRIORS: Hollyberry- A black shecat with one white paw.
    Cricketdash- A light brown tabby tom with white paws, muzzle, and tail-tip.
    Wrenflight- A russet tabby tom with black stripes.
    Dayshine- A pale brown tabby shecat with cream stripes. (Sweetpaw)
    Tigerlily- A white shecat with gold, brown, silver, and ginger flecks.
    Fallenpine- A brown tom with darker brown stripes on his face, legs, and tail. (Russetpaw)
    Lilystream- A dark gray shecat with white paws and muzzle.
    Thunderstrike- A black-and-white tom.
    Darkstone- A dark brown tabby tom. (Oceanpaw)
    Nightingalesong- A ginger tom with darker ginger legs and tail-tip.
    Opalglow- A pearly white shecat. (Bubblepaw)
    Oakbranch- A handsome brown tabby tom.
    Dragonflame- A dark brown tabby tom with ginger paws.
    APPRENTICES: Bubblepaw- A light blue-gray tabby shecat with a white patch on her chest.
    Ruepaw- A cream-and-white shecat with deep blue eyes.
    Sweetpaw- A white shecat with gold paws.
    Russetpaw- A rusty red tabby shecat.
    Oceanpaw- A dark gray tabby tom.
    Swiftpaw- A black-and-white tom.
    QUEENS: Arcticfrost- A very pale gray shecat with white spots. (Darkstone's kits; Iciclekit and Boltkit).
    Raindrop- A tortoiseshell-and-white shecat. (Dragonflame's kit; Lakekit)
    KITS: Iciclekit- A white tabby tom with black stripes.
    Boltkit- A pale gray tom with black stripes, a white belly, and white paws.
    Lakekit- A black shekit with one white paw.
    ELDERS: Softbreeze- A white shecat with blue eyes.
    Grayfleck- A gray shecat with darker gray speckles.
    Yewheart- A yellowy gold tabby tom with amber eyes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    :(

    I feel bad for the kids they don't understand much at all and i also feel bad for the grounups but atleast they are in gods hands

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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