Targeting Autism: What We Know, Don't Know, and Can Do to Help Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Targeting Autism: What We Know, Don't Know, and Can Do to Help Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Targeting Autism: What We Know, Don't Know, and Can Do to Help Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Targeting Autism: What We Know, Don't Know, and Can Do to Help Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Synopsis

Targeting Autism reaches out to everyone who lives with or cares about a young child with autism. First published in 1998 and updated in 2002, author Shirley Cohen has recast this best seller throughout to chart the dynamics of the autism world in the first years of the twenty-first century. In this expanded edition she provides specifics about the new developments that have modified the map of the world of autism or that may do so in the near future.

Excerpt

There she moved, every day, among us but not of us, acquiescent
when we approached, untouched when we retreated, serene, detached….
Existing among us, she had her being elsewhere.

(Park 1982, 12)

I visit the home of parents I recently met. Their five-year-old son is standing on his head on the couch. I go up to him, turn my head to the side, and say, “Hello, Kenneth.” “Hello, Kenneth,” he echoes.

I enter a room at a hotel where an informal meeting is in progress. As soon as I step through the doorway, a handsome, nicely dressed young man of perhaps seventeen walks up to me and tells me his name. The following exchange then takes place:

“What is your name?”
“Shirley.”
“What is your sister’s name?”
“Which sister?”
“How many sisters do you have?”
“Two.”

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