ISBN-10:
1598572415
ISBN-13:
9781598572414
Pub. Date:
12/01/2012
Publisher:
Brookes Publishing
Autism in the Family: Caring and Coping Together / Edition 1

Autism in the Family: Caring and Coping Together / Edition 1

by Robert A. Naseef
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ISBN-13: 9781598572414
Publisher: Brookes Publishing
Publication date: 12/01/2012
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Robert A. Naseef, Ph.D., along with his wife Cindy N. Ariel, Ph.D., has a full-time independent practice in psychology that specializes in working with families of children with special needs. Dr. Naseef has a foot in each world because he himself is the father of a child with autism. He is a family consultant at Specare Pediatric Center, which provides a medical home for children with special health care needs in the Delaware Valley, and serves as a consultant to school districts, special education parent groups, and human services organizations. He writes regular columns at www.specialchild.com, www.kidsdirect.net/parentsdirect, and www.specialchildren.about.com. A native of Philadelphia who received his doctoral degree in psychological studies from Temple University, Dr. Naseef has a broad background in both education and psychology, with special interest and expertise in the psychology of men and fatherhood. He was instrumental in developing a training package to foster parent-professional collaboration for the New Jersey Department of Education, Division of Special Education, and taught graduate courses at Antioch University in Philadelphia and Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. He held clinical privileges in psychology at the Pennsylvania Hospital's Department of Psychiatry and serves on the board of directors of the Center for Autistic children, the professional advisory board of the Pathway School, and the parent steering committee of the Interdisciplinary Council on Learning and Developmental Disorders.

Table of Contents

About the Author vi

Foreword Susan Levy vii

Preface Cindy Ariel ix

Acknowledgments xi

Prologue: A Letter to My Son xiii

1 My Story 1

2 The Emotional Journey: From Lost Dreams and Chronic Stress to Acceptance 9

3 Understanding Autism 31

4 Starting Over and Falling in Love Again 47

5 Understanding and Guiding Your Child's Behavior 63

6 Surfing Your Stress: One Wave at a Time 83

7 Parents and Professionals: A Partnership in Child Development 101

8 Big Boys Don't Cry: The Secret Life of Men 121

9 Ordinary Couples, Challenged Relationships: Another Developmental Process 137

10 A Different Perspective: Understanding Siblings 155

11 Family and Friends: Finding and Building Circles of Support 175

12 Adolescence 195

13 Adulthood 213

14 Reflections on Peace of Mind and Happiness 233

References 239

Resources 249

Index 259

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