How to Live with Autism and Asperger Syndrome: Practical Strategies for Parents and Professionals

How to Live with Autism and Asperger Syndrome: Practical Strategies for Parents and Professionals

How to Live with Autism and Asperger Syndrome: Practical Strategies for Parents and Professionals

How to Live with Autism and Asperger Syndrome: Practical Strategies for Parents and Professionals

Synopsis

"This accessible introduction to caring for a child with autism is an ideal resource for the families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders as well as for the professionals who work with them. In clear and simple language and with many illustrations, the authors explain the nature of this condition and its variations, and tackle common problems experienced in everyday activities such as eating, sleeping and going to the toilet. They also suggest strategies for coping with aggression and tantrums, approaches to preoccupations and compulsions, and suggest ways in which to improve communication and social skills. Based on up-to-date research and using many case examples, the authors consider each problem and its causes step by step, and suggest a number of solutions." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

Parentsof children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) often askusto recommend books to help them to understand their children better and give them ideas about how best to encourage their development. Although there are hundreds of books, they tend to be either too difficult to read or rather basic. We consulted parents before, during and after writing this book in the hope of producing something that would fill this gap and be of value to as many families as possible. We aimed to make it easy to read and fill it with practical information about how to manage common problems in children with ASD. We have described up-to-date research knowledge in a commonsensical understandable way, to explain what strategies may be most helpful and why. There are separate chapters on feeding, soiling, sleeping, preoccupations, communication, tantrums and aggressive behaviour. Each chapter has several case examples describing different problems, why the child might be behaving in this way and how parents might deal with them.

The book is in three parts. Part 1 describes the behaviours that might alert parents to the possibility that their child has autism. It goes through the assessment process and explains the emotional impact of a diagnosis. Part 2 gives an overview of how researchers believe children with autism think and experience the world and hence why they tend to behave differently. This understanding is then used throughout part 3 of the book to help to make sense of the child's behaviour and plan strategies to deal with difficult behaviours but, more important, to encourage the child's development.

We have used the term 'Autism Spectrum Disorders' (ASD) throughout this book to include all children and young people with difficulties on the broader autism spectrum, including childhood autism, autistic disorder, atypical autism, Asperger syndrome, Asperger disorder and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS). The difference between these diagnostic terms is described in Chapter 2, 'Assessment'. Where a specific diagnostic term is used – for example, Asperger syndrome or autism – we are referring to children with that particular condition.

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