Academic journal article Australian Journal of Early Childhood

A Parent's Guide to Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism

Academic journal article Australian Journal of Early Childhood

A Parent's Guide to Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism

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Sally Ozonoff, Geraldine Dawson and James McPartland

(2002) Guilford, New York

Taking the view that children who are diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome (AS) share very similar characteristics with those diagnosed with high-functioning autism (HFA), Sally Ozonoff, Geraldine Dawson and James McPartland have devoted this book to both conditions.

This book is an excellent source of information for parents and caregivers of children through to adults who are diagnosed with, or have a suspected diagnosis of, either AS or HFA. A very positive approach is taken to working and living with children with AS or HFA and assisting them to live as functioning members of society by placing emphasis on their strengths and special abilities.

The first section of the book provides a very comprehensive but clearly-written description of AS and HFA, addressing the many questions that parents are likely to ask when their child is diagnosed, including the diagnostic process, possible causes and treatment options.

The second section of the book focuses on how to live with AS and HFA through recognising the child's strengths and working with these to accommodate the needs of the child. The authors emphasise the importance of maintaining consistency and developing routines. Challenging behaviours are discussed, along with practical strategies for minimising the occurrence of these behaviours in the home. …

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