Understanding Autism is the essential reference for parents and care givers of children on the autistic spectrum. Written by two leading experts in the field, this updated edition covers key information, like the causes of autism and how it manifests at the various ages and stages of a child’s life, while also taking into account the importance of self-care for parents. Authors Katrina Williams and Jacqueline Roberts bring considerable experience to the table, and clearly, comfortingly explain how to cope with common problematic behaviors, conditions that can often appear in conjunction with autism (such as anxiety and depression), and how best to manage the child’s transition to adulthood. Their warm, supportive voices will reassure you as they sort myth from fact, and provide everything you'll need to know to understand autism.
About the Author
Professor Katrina Williams is a paediatrician, public health physician and an internationally recognised clinical epidemiologist. She is the APEX Australia Chair of Developmental Medicine at the University of Melbourne and the Director of the Department of Developmental Medicine at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne. Her current research focus is on autism, and she is a founding member and executive committee member of the Australasian Society for Autism Research.
Professor Jacqueline Roberts is the chair of autism in the Autism Centre of Excellence, an initiative of Griffith University. Prior to this, Jacqui worked as a consultant on a variety of national projects in autism. She has a background in teaching and in speech pathology and previously worked in schools for children with autism as a teacher and principal.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 What is autism? 3
Chapter 2 Meet some individuals with autism 14
Chapter 3 Assessment and diagnosis 36
Chapter 4 Looking after yourself 57
Chapter 5 The toddler and preschool years 72
Chapter 6 Problems in the preschool years 99
Chapter 7 The primary school years 129
Chapter 8 Problems in the primary school years 150
Chapter 9 The secondary school years 167
Chapter 10 Making sense of new information 195
Parting words 205