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The Autism Sourcebook: Everything You Need to Know about Diagnosis, Treatment, Coping, and Healing

Format:  Hardcover,

416 pages

Publisher: Harpercollins

Publish Date: Sep 2005

ISBN-13: 9780060799885

ISBN-10: 0060799889

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Practical advice and information from the world's foremost experts on autism -- and a mother's own hard-won lessons from helping her son recover from the disorder

When Karen Siff Exkorn's son, Jake, was diagnosed with autism, she struggled to pull together comprehensive information about the disorder. Fortunately, she was able to educate herself quickly, and her extensive at-home treatment of her son led to his amazing full recovery. But the journey wasn't easy, and now, in The Autism Sourcebook, Siff Exkorn offers parents the wisdom she wishes she'd had at the beginning.

Recent studies show that there is a worldwide epidemic of autism. More than 1.5 million people are affected in the United States alone, with one in every 166 children diagnosed. Early detection and early intervention are two of the key factors in improving prognosis -- but too often, writes Siff Exkorn, parents get bogged down in denial or confusion about the still mysterious disorder, and are unable to take the necessary steps. Providing accessible medical information gleaned from the world's foremost experts, Siff Exkorn offers an inside look at families with children who have autism, and ties in her own firsthand experience as a parent. The author shares valuable knowledge about the following: What the diagnosis really meansUnderstanding and accessing treatment optionsKnowing your child's rights in the school systemCoping with common marital and familial stressMaking the stigma of autism a thing of the past

With extensive appendices, including the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Diagnostic Criteria for the Five Pervasive Developmental Disorders, and carefully selected lists of Internet resources, recommended readings, and top autism organizations worldwide, The Autism Sourcebook is the single most comprehensive, practical resource available to parents and loved ones of children with autism.

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Publisher: Harpercollins
Publish Date: Sep 2005
ISBN-13: 9780060799885
ISBN-10: 0060799889
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 416
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.55
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.36 x 1.35 x 9.28
Walmart No.: 060799889

Chapter outline

Foreword
Note to Reader
Diagnosis
Introduction
The Many Faces of Autism
Who Diagnoses My Child? Going Beyond Your Pediatrician
Understanding Your Child's Behaviors
Autism Spectrum Disorders-The Facts, Theories, Studies, and Information You Should Know
Treatment
Introduction
How to Make the Right Treatment and Intervention Decisions for Your Child
Standard Treatments and Interventions for ASDs
You Have the Power-Advocating for Your Child's Legal Rights
On Your Mark, Get Set...Start Treatment
Coping
Introduction
In the Beginning: Coming to Terms with the Diagnosis and Issues Surrounding the Diagnosis
Beyond Soccer Games and Ballet Classes: Coping with Issues Surrounding Treatments, Services, and Schools
Inside and Outside the House: Coping with Everyday Life
Brothers and Sisters: Coping with Sibling Issues
Keeping It Personal: Coping with Your Marriage, Your Family, and Your Self
Advice to Loved Ones: Coping Tips for Family and Friends
Healing
Thoughts on Healing...
Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT)
Diagnostic Criteria for the Five Pervasive Developmental Disorders
Treatments and Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders
National Organizations for Autism in the United States
International Organizations for Autism
Internet Resources
Recommended Reading
Glossary
Notes
Acknowledgements
Index

Book description

Practical advice and information from the world's foremost experts on autism -- and a mother's own hard-won lessons from helping her son recover from the disorder

When Karen Siff Exkorn's son, Jake, was diagnosed with autism, she struggled to pull together comprehensive information about the disorder. Fortunately, she was able to educate herself quickly, and her extensive at-home treatment of her son led to his amazing full recovery. But the journey wasn't easy, and now, in The Autism Sourcebook, Siff Exkorn offers parents the wisdom she wishes she'd had at the beginning.

Recent studies show that there is a worldwide epidemic of autism. More than 1.5 million people are affected in the United States alone, with one in every 166 children diagnosed. Early detection and early intervention are two of the key factors in improving prognosis -- but too often, writes Siff Exkorn, parents get bogged down in denial or confusion about the still mysterious disorder, and are unable to take the necessary steps.

Providing accessible medical information gleaned from the world's foremost experts, Siff Exkorn offers an inside look at families with children who have autism, and ties in her own firsthand experience as a parent. The author shares valuable knowledge about the following:

  • What the diagnosis really means
  • Understanding and accessing treatment options
  • Knowing your child's rights in the school system
  • Coping with common marital and familial stress
  • Making the stigma of autism a thing of the past

With extensive appendices, including the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Diagnostic Criteria for the Five Pervasive Developmental Disorders, and carefully selected lists of Internet resources, recommended readings, and top autism organizations worldwide, The Autism Sourcebook is the single most comprehensive, practical resource available to parents and loved ones of children with autism.

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