Understanding Autism For Dummies

Understanding Autism For Dummies


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ISBN-13: 9780764525476
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 09/12/2006
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 111,133
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Stephen M. Shore received a regressive autism diagnosis atage 18 months, became nonverbal, and was deemed “toosick” to be treated on an outpatient basis. Today, he’sfinishing a doctoral degree focused on helping people with autismlead fulfilling and productive lives. When not teachingcollege-level courses in special education and teaching childrenwith autism how to play musical instruments, he consults andpresents on autism-related issues internationally. Some topics ofparticular interest to him include comparative approaches forhelping people with autism, education, and disaster preparednessfor people with disabilities. He also focuses on challenges facedby adults in terms of self-advocacy, disclosure, post-secondaryeducation, employment, interdependent living, andrelationships.
Stephen holds bachelor degrees in music and accounting andinformation systems from the University of Massachusetts atAmherst. He also holds a masters degree in music education and ison the cusp of finishing his doctorate in education from BostonUniversity. Although he seems to spend most of his time travelingin airplanes (Boeing 747-400 preferred), he resides in Brookline,Massachusetts, with his wife on the rare occasions when he’shome.

Linda G. Rastelli is an award-winning journalist,instructional designer, and author with 20 years of experience inwriting and designing instruction for health, education, andbusiness topics. In her career, she has focused on making complexand technical information understandable to the layperson. Althoughshe has covered subjects ranging from financial ratio analysis toeducational reform, her most challenging inquiry to date — anundertaking that has made her other projects look like fingerpainting in comparison — has been autism.
Linda holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University ofDelaware and a masters degree from Columbia University. She liveson the New Jersey coast with her husband and her cat, who havereached a blissful state of detente. She hopes to keep her dayjob.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xvii

Introduction 1

Part I: Understanding Autism 9

Chapter 1: Autism: The Big Picture 11

Chapter 2: From Classification to Treatment: Scanning the Autism Spectrum 27

Chapter 3: Causes, Clusters, and Clues: Where Does Autism Come From? 39

Chapter 4: Getting a Diagnosis 53

Chapter 5: Asperger Syndrome and Autism 71

Part II: Addressing Physical Needs 93

Chapter 6: Injecting Yourself with Knowledge about Autism Medication 95

Chapter 7: Improving Immunity and Boosting Biochemistry 109

Chapter 8: Optimizing Nutrition 129

Part III: Enhancing Learning and Social Skills 145

Chapter 9: Choosing an Appropriate Behavioral, Developmental, or Educational Intervention 147

Chapter 10: Dealing with Learning and Sensory Differences 181

Chapter 11: Finding a Learning Environment That Fits Your Child’s Needs 207

Chapter 12: Legally Speaking: Making the Most of Your Child’s Education 235

Chapter 13: Fostering Healthy Relationships 253

Part IV: Living with Autism as an Adult 271

Chapter 14: For Adults with Autism: Living Well after K-12 273

Chapter 15: For Adults with Autism: Fostering Friendships and Romantic Relationships 301

Chapter 16: Special-Needs Planning for the Future 319

Part V: The Part of Tens 333

Chapter 17: Ten Tactful Responses to Challenging Questions or Comments 335

Chapter 18: Ten Things to Do after a Diagnosis 341

Appendix: Where to Go for More Help 345

Index 355

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm quitting. *she sighs and kisses you gently.* ...Bye, Cyrus.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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