The World of the Autistic Child: Understanding and Treating Autistic Spectrum Disorders

The World of the Autistic Child: Understanding and Treating Autistic Spectrum Disorders

The World of the Autistic Child: Understanding and Treating Autistic Spectrum Disorders

The World of the Autistic Child: Understanding and Treating Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Synopsis

For thousands of loving and concerned parents of autistic children, the suspicion that something may be wrong comes long before the clinical diagnosis of autism, PDD (pervasive developmental disorder), or Asperger's syndrome. When rounds of testing and consultations confirm parents' worst fears, their emotional turmoil is matched by an overriding practical concern: What do we do next? The World of the Autistic Child is by far the most complete and comprehensive book ever written for the parents of autistic children, and for the teachers, child specialists, and other professionals that care for them. Written by Dr. Bryna Siegel, a developmental psychologist and director of a large university clinic for autistic children, it provides help and hope not only for the children, but for their families--the parents, grandparents, siblings, and other caregivers who must come to grips with their own grief and confusion following a diagnosis of autism or other related disorder. Dr. Siegel believes that parents' best defense is to acquire, as early as possible, the knowledge and the parenting skills they will need to work with professionals to help their child fulfill his or her potential. This book, therefore, is about understanding the diagnosis of autism, the available treatments, and how to decide what is best for a particular child with autism or PDD. Straightforward and sympathetic, Dr. Siegel guides readers through the thicket of symptoms and labels, explaining the crucial importance of intensive early education, and how to find the resources and help that are available. Behavior modification, the development of daily living skills, guidelines for selecting and designing schooling, mainstreaming, the role for traditional academics in educating higher functioning children and young people, building effective parent-teacher relationships, psychoactive medications, and dealing with the possibility of residential placement are all covered. Dr. Siegel teaches parents and professionals to use their own common sense and personal observations in evaluating the many highly publicized but unorthodox and often untested treatments for autism, including the much-touted facilitated communication (F/C), holding therapy, auditory training, "Options" therapy, allergy treatments, and special diets. Pulling together a wealth of long-needed information on the latest educational and medical advances, The World of the Autistic Child is a superb guide and resource that no one who cares about autistic or developmentally disabled young people will want to be without.

Excerpt

This book is the result of twelve years of sitting with parents and explaining to them what it means for their child to be autistic. As many times as I have met and talked with parents confronting the diagnosis of autism for the first time, I know I cannot have the same feelings about the diagnosis of autism that parents do. I do know that many emotions present themselves. Both parental emotions and the child's treatment are very important issues that need to be thoroughly addressed. Over the years, I have become convinced that the parents' best defense against the potential emotional devastation of the diagnosis is to gain competence rapidly to get help for their child. I see treatment planning and implementation of treatment as positive coping that helps both child and parent function as well as possible.

This book, therefore, is about understanding the diagnosis of autism, the available treatments, and how--as a parent, teacher, or other child specialist--you can decide what is best for a particular child with autism or pervasive developmental disorder, depending on which areas of development are presenting the greatest challenges. This book is intended to be especially helpful to parents of younger autistic children who are trying to comprehend what autism is and what to do about it. Parents of older children, who already understand what autism is, may want to focus on the second part of this book, since it addresses educational treatment, medications, and longer term planning.

Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)

One of the most difficult things in writing any book about children is that all children are different. With or without a developmental disability present, there are vast individual differences among children's personalities, temperaments, and abilities to learn. Books that tell the story of one particular autistic . . .

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