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.
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Edition description:||First Edition, Updated Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)|
About 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).
Table of ContentsAcknowledgments Prologue to the Third Edition Preface to the First Edition
PART ONE: WHAT IS AUTISM?
1. Meeting Autism
2. Having Autism
3. Life Cycles
PART TWO: TREATING AUTISM
5. We Have a Dream
6. Is ABA the Answer? Intervention Approaches
7. Whatever Happened to Equal Opportunity?
Some Thoughts on Alternative Treatments and Other Intervention Controversies part three Looking for Cures, Recovery, and Better Lives
10. Moving toward Better Answers
Appendix A: Diagnostic Criteria for Autistic Disorder Appendix B: Diagnostic Criteria for Asperger's Disorder Appendix C: Resources References Index