Popular Books on Autism

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Aarons, Maureen; Gittens, Tessa
Featuring new case studies that reflect the extent and variability of autism, and an updated appendix of useful addresses, this new edition of The Handbook of Autism brings up to date the relevant and practical information of the first edition. It examines the latest thinking on diagnosis, management, education, and medical aspects of the condition, and explores areas of special difficulty such as social understanding and communication.

Abrams, Philip; Enriques, Henry
Parents of a child with autism know how difficult it can be to simply get through the day. From getting dressed in the morning to brushing teeth before bed, raising a special needs child can turn ordinary events into extraordinary challenges. The Autistic Spectrum Parents' Daily Helper gets to the heart of the issue for parents of children with autism: it answers the question of what can be done to make each and every day better for parents and child alike. This workbook is designed to take the basic issues into account, with simple pictures and texts that illustrate each daily task or experience in small concrete steps. The Autistic Spectrum Parents' Daily Helper is a truly interactive workbook, with a section for parents and a section for children and parents to work on together. Many of the techniques in the book show how you can use humor to break through the walls that are inherent in a child with autism.

Ariel, Cindy; Naseef, Robert
Voices from the Spectrum is a compelling collection of personal accounts from people on the autism spectrum and those who care for them, including professionals, friends and family members. The essays in this collection tell of both the positive and negative effects of autism on individuals and families, and pose the question: is a diagnosis on the autism spectrum a puzzle to be solved, or something to be embraced and accepted? The broad scope of this book presents insights into the autism spectrum from many different perspectives – from first-hand accounts of the autistic child's school and childhood experiences to parents' and grandparents' reactions to a diagnosis. A number of chapters written by professionals explain their motivations for working with autistic people and reveal what they have learned from their work and how it has affected their lives. The contributors describe experiences of autism from the mildest to the most severe case, and share their methods of adapting to life on the spectrum. Voices from the Spectrum will appeal to a wide readership of adults and younger people on the autism spectrum, their families and friends, as well as practitioners.

Attfield, Elizabeth
By giving a concise account of what life may be like following the diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) in the family, this book examines service provision at different stages, and provides information for parents, carers and practitioners. Parents want support and advice during and after a diagnosis of ASDs, and professionals want to be able to give the right answers. This book will meet the needs of both.

Attwood, Tony et al
At last, here is a book that provides up-to-date information about girls and women with Asperger's Syndrome. Covering topics such as diagnoses, education, puberty, relationships, and careers, experts in the field share practical advice for both caregivers and the women and girls who are affected by Asperger's. Other chapters are written by women who have been diagnosed with ASD. They candidly reveal their experiences and compassionately advise others. Finally, this book recognizes the unique problems of girls on the spectrum. About the Authors: Dr. Tony Attwood is the world's foremost authority on Asperger's Syndrome. Dr. Temple Grandin is arguably the most successful woman with autism. Catherine Faherty, Shelia Wagner, Mary Wrobel, and Teresa Bolick are major figures in the Asperger's field. Lisa Iland, who has a brother with autism, offers insightful social advice. Jennifer McIlwee Myers and Ruth Snyder have Asperger's Syndrome; their intriguing stories will make you laugh and cry.

Ball, James
Leave behind confusing textbooks and unreliable websites. This book will guide you through your child's early years by providing sound advice based on over twenty years of experience. In an easy-to-read, question-answer format, Dr. Jim explains what makes your child tick, how to get the most out of early intervention services, and how to choose the most effective treatment options. Helpful features include: 10 Common Myths about Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), 7 Effective Teaching Strategies, 10 Behavior Rules to Live By, and Must-have EI Goals and Objectives for Children with ASD. In a special how-to section in the book, Dr. Jim walks you through a typical day in the life of a young child with autism, from the time the child wakes up to the time he goes to bed. You will learn what to do (and not do), what to say (and not say), and how to use the strategies outlined in the book to teach your child new skills, manage behavior, and have fun while learning! No matter what your level of autism expertise, this is your game plan to start working with your child RIGHT AWAY!

Baron Cohen, Simon
Following on from the highly successful book Autism: The Facts, this new volume by Simon Baron-Cohen summarizes the current understanding of the autistic spectrum, from Asperger syndrome to autism. Written first and foremost as a guide for parents, but what is also certain to become required reading for interested professionals, the book covers what we have learnt to date about the brain, genetics, and interventions for autism spectrum disorders. The book also provides an overview of diagnosis of these conditions, their biological and physiological causes, and the various treatments and educational techniques available. In the book Professor Baron-Cohen also presents a new unified psychological theory of the autistic spectrum.

Baron-Cohen, Simon; Bolton, Patrick
"Fills an important gap by providing a complete and scientifically-based acocunt of autism that is accessible to parents and the general public." --Journal of Pediatric Psychology

Benaron, Lisa
Few issues cause as much strife in contemporary society as does the cause and treatment of autism. Stories about the autism epidemic abound on talk shows and make headlines in newspapers and magazines. Celebrities and politicians express their personal opinions on the cause (or causes) of the increase in autism spectrum disorders (or ASDs), opinions often not shared by the conventional scientific community. Parents, family members, schools and government-funded agencies struggle to do the right thing for individuals with ASDs, This volume in the Biographies of Disease series provides an understandable, non-biased guide to the quagmire of information about ASDs. This foundation will enable readers to better understand the statements made by various authorities on ASDs.

Betts, Dion
Homespun Remedies provides creative, practical strategies for helping children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) to function effectively at home and in the community. Dion E. Betts and Nancy J. Patrick offer sensible and specific approaches to tackling day-to-day problems faced by parents and carers, such as bathing, feeding, haircuts, and shopping. The book is split into four parts, covering home life, community, hygiene, and schools and organizations, and common problem areas are listed alphabetically and supplemented with "homespun" tips and advice. The book is peppered with vignettes and stories of real-life situations and successes. This accessible resource encourages parents and carers to think in autism - to take the perspective of an ASD child and work to make their environment a friendlier place. Homespun Remedies advocates small and simple changes that result in big improvements in the quality of life for children, their families and carers.

Blakemore-Brown, Lisa
This is the first book to look at the links between ADHD and autistic spectrum disorders in depth. The author uses the metaphor of the 'tapestry' to more clearly explain the interwoven nature of these disorders. She discusses different approaches, emphasizing the importance of early intervention and of finding the right approach for each child. This holistic viewpoint is extremely useful for parents because it demonstrates how a deeper understanding of the complexity of human development can lead to more appropriate early intervention and treatment plans for children with complex symptoms.

Bonnice, Sherry

Brill, Marlene Targ
Autism is a developmental disorder that affects a child's communication, behavior, and social skills. This new edition has been updated to reflect current trends and technologies used in diagnosing and treating autism. Parents will find balanced and up-to-date information on therapy, education, health care, and other areas. Books in Barron's easy-to-read series of Parenting Keys contain advice and information on a wide range of child-related subjects, written by experts in psychology, physical health, education, and social and personal development. Parenting Keys help parents raise healthy, happy, productive, and well-adjusted children in the demanding contemporary environment.

Bruey, Carolyn Thornton
Parents of a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) need clear, comprehensive information to decipher the complex, behavior-based diagnostic evaluations and definitions. This guide for lay readers clarifies the process of diagnosis for parents who don't fully understand it or wonder whether there is another ASD diagnosis that's more appropriate for their child. Demystifying Autism Spectrum Disorders is also an excellent tool for families who suspect their child has an ASD but doesn't yet have a diagnosis.

Burns, Diane Drake
Suspect there's something "different" about your child? This book will help you navigate those early stages of your child's life when a diagnosis is nowhere in sight and you're either totally frustrated or frightened into inaction by a vision of what may lie ahead. Written by a mother who knows--because she had an uncanny ability to avoid her son's diagnosis--this book humorously and gently prods parents into action, beginning with the chapter "Was That the Exit to 'Normal?" and "Rules of the Road," to "Time to Take Off the Gloves" and "To School or Not to School."

Buten, Howard
A remarkable testament of hope and love, these pages recount Howard Buten's lifelong journey working with autistic children. For three decades his pioneering, often controversial approaches have enabled him to gain access to their strange and solitary universe—a universe he shares in a book that is unlike any you've ever read. From his first unforgettable encounter with a wild, clawing human hurricane in the form of a little boy named Adam S., clinical psychologist Howard Buten has sought ways into the seemingly closed world of the autistic child. Whether he's done this by letting himself be pummeled, scratched, and bitten, or by imitating the child's behaviors, or by feeling himself into what the child must be feeling, he has often been rewarded. With extraordinary insight and in ways that are powerfully moving, he brings to life as never before the innermost selves of these children.Among those you'll meet in the clinic he founded in Paris are Lise, whose seemingly random movements are as expressive as a dancer's; Florian, who can instantly tell you on which day of the week your birthday falls for any year, past or future; Martin, whose nonstop speech echoes the angry voices he has heard all around him, but who is impervious to the emotions they contain; and Hakim, a child so lost and so violent, no other institution will take him.Writing with a scientist's clarity and a humanist's heart, Buten conveys the reality of autism with passion, ruthlessness, humor, wisdom—and love. This is a book both heartbreaking and hopeful, and when he succeeds in breaching the invisible wall of aloneness that seems to separate the autistic from the rest of us, we cheer

Caldwell, Phoebe
Phoebe Caldwell's remarkable new book makes accessible for the first time the complex, intricate inner and sensory worlds of people whose learning disabilities are combined with autistic spectrum disorder and, often, difficult-to-manage behaviour. Based on many years of working with such people, many of whom have withdrawn into a world of their own, she explores the different sensory reality they experience, showing it to be infinitely more complex and varied than is widely understood. She introduces a practical approach known as Intensive Interaction, which uses the body language of such people -- who have hitherto largely been regarded as unreachable -- to get in touch with them, giving them a way of expressing themselves which shifts their attention from solitary self-stimulation to shared activity. The outcome is not only a marked improvement in behaviour and ability to communicate but, more important, many parents will say 'they are just much happier'. Covering not only the practical aspects of introducing this technique, but also the thinking behind it, this landmark book has much to say on behalf of a group that has in the past largely been denied a voice, and will open new avenues for both practice and research. It will be invaluable for parents, carers, and all who work with this group.

Cardon, Teresa
The often overlooked area of emotions, which poses a major challenge for children with autism spectrum and other social cognitive challenges, receives major emphasis in this collection of easy-to-use activities for children ages 4-18. Children learn to identify and respond to their own feelings as well as the feelings of others, thereby improving their chances of maintaining and establishing fulfilling and successful social relationships.

Catalano, Robert A., Editor
To lose a child is tragic; to lose a child who still lives is beyond comprehension. Yet this is the experience of the mothers and fathers who tell their very personal stories in this important book. Their children, born healthy and happy, lost their minds to a mysterious disorder with no known cause or cure: Childhood Disintegrative Disorder (CDD). Also called late-onset autism, this malady differs from typical autism in that it afflicts children after one or even two years of apparently normal development. In the long term, deterioration leads to still poorer behavioral and developmental functioning. How do families respond to such ever-present loss? In When Autism Strikes, the parents of eight such children from around the world present their own stories, in their own words. They describe their first suspicions, their struggles to find a cause, and the means by which they cope, day to day. By turns heartbreaking and inspiring, this courageous document brings to light a scientific mystery and a human tragedy.

Cimera, Robert E.
Despite new research and increased public awareness, autism is still looked at in a negative light. Most books on the subject perpetuate this notion by saying that autism is bad or needs to be overcome, rather than highlighting the positive--for instance, many people with autism graduate from college, attain exciting careers, and lead happy, fulfilling lives. Making Autism a Gift emphasizes these positive realities and tears down the wall of isolation associated with this disorder. With information from hundreds of up-to-date sources, this practical book looks at the effects of autism on the individual and provides strategies parents can use to help their autistic children at home and beyond.

Cohen, Judith
Michael is a young man who has succeeded in managing his autism and is experiencing success in life despite a diagnosis that might have predicted only disability and despair. He did not talk in early childhood and displayed the classic traits of a severely autistic child, but he has broken out of his silence to help others to learn from his insights and experiences. An explosion of newly diagnosed cases of autism has resulted in a keen interest in the stories of autistic individuals, and many people are touched by knowing a family with an autistic child. This unique book reveals a silent world through the voice of an insightful, articulate young adult with autism. The book also gives perspectives from Michael's family, friends and the professionals who have known him from diagnosis in early childhood through to adult, independent life. After each chapter, the author presents "reflections" that highlight the key issues pertinent to autism and the relevant stage of development. Michael's story is poignant and moving, and provides information and hope to families of autistic individuals and the professionals who work with them.

Cohen, Shirley
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.

Cumine, Val; Stevenson, Gill
Anyone meeting a young child with autism for the first time will find this book invaluable. The authors provide extensive material that will be equally accessible and relevant to parents following an early diagnosis of autism in their child. In a clear and sensitive style, the authors outline the characteristics of autism as thy present themselves in the early years. They consider the nature of autism and the issues surrounding assessment and diagnosis. The book offers practical strategies for effective and realistic intervention both at home and in a variety of early years settings. The authors explore possibilities for enhancing access to the early years curriculum. This practical guide outlines the characteristics of autism as they present themselves in early years; considers the nature of autism and the issues surrounding assessment and diagnosis; offers practical strategies for effective and realistic intervention both at home and in a variety of early years settings; and explores possibilities for enhancing access to the early years curriculum.

Daria, T.O.
Just a few weeks old, Dasha the cat found herself in a family with an autistic child. The publication of Temple Grandin's book Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behaviour turned the household into a research laboratory, with the humans observing Dasha's behaviours and the cat experimenting with the 'human guinea pigs'. The feline perspective provides a new outlook on autism conditions, challenging long established stereotypes and analysing controversies in the field with an unbiased attitude and humour. The text is interspersed with Dasha's 'wisdoms', 'research notes' and definitions of concepts based on her own understanding, such as 'A pet shop is a place where humans come to be adopted by the animals who are brave enough to take a responsibility of looking after them.' Dasha's Journal provides research-based information in an amusing and accessible form and makes serious and complicated issues such as sensory perception, memory, communication, savant skills and challenging behaviours in autism easily understandable for the general reader.

Delfos, Martha
A Strange World is an intriguing and comprehensive guide to autistic spectrum disorders presented from a new scientific perspective. Delfos's biopsychological model provides a strong theoretical analysis of the nature of autism and what problems it can cause. She offers practical advice on how to approach these problems from the various perspectives of autistic children, adolescents and adults, as well as parents and carers of autistic people. Balancing theory and practice, Delfos incorporates the findings of current research, and moves beyond. She addresses issues such as differences between men and women with autistic spectrum disorders, and the question of what is 'normal', illustrating her points with many real life examples. A Strange World is both an accessible resource for parents and an important textbook for students and professionals.

Delmolino, Lara; Harris, Sandra L.
As many parents and teachers know, people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) can be difficult to motivate, especially when asked to learn something new. Finding the right incentives to support learning is one of the crucial first steps in teaching them new skills. Written by two autism specialists with nearly 50 years combined experience, INCENTIVES FOR CHANGE explores systems for determining what incentives children and adults with ASD will find rewarding, and ways to use motivation as a tool to affect their learning and behavior.

Dickinson, Paul; Hannah, Liz; Lockett, Steve
This book deals with common behavior problems with young autistic children and offers practical strategies for dealing with temper tantrums, toileting, sleep, feeding and other challenges.

Dolnick, Edward
Tells the compelling tale of the golden age of 'talk therapy', the 1950s and 1960s, when psychotherapists saw no limit to what they could do, and set out to conquer mental illness. This is the tragic story of that confrontation. He focuses on 3 battles: against schizophrenia, autism, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Durig, Alexander
In this clear and accessible introduction to autism, Alexander Durig provides a host of ideas and examples that enable the reader to understand the phenomenon of autism, recognize different kinds of autistic perception and behaviour, and prepare for interaction with autistic people. To help 'normal' people understand and lose their fear of autism, Durig discusses the notions of 'slight' autism, being or becoming 'autism-friendly', and the mental well-being of autistic people. The author explains how autistic perception 'works' and how it yields autistic behaviours', to enable readers to see the world through the eyes of an autistic person, and thus change the way they perceive autism.

Durig, Alexander
Autism and the Crisis of Meaning presents a systematic way of understanding the logic of meaningful perception in everyday life. Working from concepts of formal logic and logical inference, the author suggests that informal logics of social inferencing may address part of the way we organize our perceptions in social life. By discussing the way our social inferencing reflects inductive, deductive, and abductive logics, the social inferencing theory of meaningful perception is shown to entail a theory of autistic perception. Durig shows that everyday meaningful perception may be organized largely by a balanced ratio of inductive to deductive logics, and that autistic perception is comprised of significantly higher levels of deductive social inferencing relative to inductive social inferencing. This perception theory is capable of addressing the five core behaviors associated with autism. By presenting meaningful perception and autistic perception in terms of ratios of social inferencing, Durig introduces a concept of slight autism: an individual may have normative inductive social inferencing, and super deductive social inferencing, thus accounting for a highly intelligent person who nevertheless has difficulty expressing themselves in formal social situations.

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This book discusses the three main areas of concern for children with autism. These are social interaction, all aspects of communication (both verbal and non-verbal) and rigidity of thinking and lack of imagination. Through the use of vignettes, each behavior is discussed and pratical interventions are shown for the parent or teacher to try with the child.

Edwards, Michele Engel
What is autism? -- Possible causes and treatments -- Options for autistic children -- Options for autistic adults -- Asperger's syndrome and savant abilities.

Ernsperger, Lori
Co-authored by an experienced professional and a mother of a young girl on the autism spectrum, this much-awaited book combines the best of both worlds as it gives a voice to girls under the umbrella of autism spectrum disorders. The authors provide insightful first-hand accounts of girls lives along with research-based strategies and practical techniques for addressing the unique needs of girls on the spectrum while nurturing and developing their gifts and talents. Throughout each chapter, you will find descriptions of interventions and strategies designed to improve specific behaviors at home, at school, and in the community. Throughout, the emphasis is on what sets girls apart from boys on the spectrum in an effort to ensure that their unique needs are met and their special talents are fostered and nurtured.

Exkorn, Karen Siff
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.

Fallon, Joan; Fiorentino, Helene
The author takes us on a fascinating look at Pervasive Developmental Disorder and the many interventions available for your child. Learn how to identify PDD in a young child. This text makes coping with Autism, ADD and ADHD easier by focusing on natural techniques rather than medication. A must for all pediatric practitioners, educators and parents.

Firestone, Barbara
Intimate, bold and inspiring, Autism Heroes provides a compelling and sensitive account of the experiences of 38 families from different walks of life confronting the challenges of autism with courage, tenacity and love. With empathy and expertise gained from her three decades of leadership of The Help Group and her commitment to children with special needs, Dr. Barbara Firestone engages the families in candid, powerful and deeply affecting conversations about their lives. Each family narrative is set against the backdrop of her insightful essays about dignity, hope, opportunity and love, which are fundamentally important to all families living with autism. The families offer their experiences openly and honestly, sharing their challenges, triumphs and hopes. Their candor helps demystify and destigmatize autism and embraces other parents just beginning or already on the journey. Their reflections chart the course through the many stages of coping with autism and seeking solutions for their children, and they offer a lifeline of support, insight, encouragement and hope. Fully illustrated with stunning photographs by Joe Buissink, Autism Heroes is an invaluable resource for families as well as educators, clinicians, researchers and policy makers.

Fitzgerald, Michael
Autism and Creativity is a stimulating study of male creativity and autism, arguing that a major genetic endowment is a prerequisite of genius, and that cultural and environmental factors are less significant than has often been claimed.

Fitzpatrick, Michael
Autism: disease, disorder or difference? What causes autism - genes or environment? Can biomedical treatments cure autism, and are they safe? An increased public awareness of autism has resulted in a rising trend of diagnoses, creating the impression of an 'epidemic'. Many parents of children newly diagnosed with autism have been impressed by plausible theories blaming vaccines and other environmental causes. Many have also been captivated by claims that 'biomedical' treatments - including special diets and supplements, detoxification and medications - can achieve dramatic results.In "Defeating Autism", Michael Fitzpatrick, a family doctor and father of a son with autism, questions the scientific basis of environmental explanations of autism and exposes the incoherence of unorthodox 'biomedical' theories and therapies. This book reveals that these therapies are far from pioneering interventions and they remain unsubstantiated by scientific authorities. Campaigns promising to 'defeat or cure autism now' have attracted much support among parents struggling with their difficult children. But the crusade against autism risks dehumanising and stigmatising those who are identified as autistic and their families. This compelling book is essential reading for students and professionals working in the field of autism, as well as academics concerned with the public understanding of science and the treatment of scientific and medical controversies in the media.

Fitzpatrick, Michael
With eloquent and persuasive writing, Fitzpatrick uncovers the political agendas that lie behind current fears of an autism crisis, and challenges the epidemic of unproven and expensive treatments. He shows us that our children are indeed being helped tremendously, not by unscientific autism treatments that falsely promise cure or recovery, but by educators, scientists, evidence-based therapies, and new understandings of what it means to be human, and different, in the twenty first century. If my child were diagnosed with autism today, I would turn to Dr Michael Fitzpatrick for guidance. -- Roy Richard Grinker, Professor of Anthropology at George Washington University, USA and author of Unstrange Minds

Fleisher, Mark
Marc Fleisher's new self-help guide for autistic teenagers and adults will help readers improve their quality of life and overcome many everyday challenges, be it through the acquisition of independent living skills, developing a more varied and fulfilling social life, or mastering a course in higher education and broadening one's opportunities for the future. Marc Fleisher speaks from first hand experience about the coping strategies he himself has had to learn - often the hard way. Written particularly for young people who are just beginning to become independent from their parents, perhaps living in their own home for the first time, this book shows how to approach apparent problems with hope and the expectation of an improved quality of life. Survival Strategies is an invaluable source of advice and reassurance for people with ASDs across a wide age range. Other readers such as relatives and friends of people on the autism spectrum, and professionals working with them in an educational or therapeutic capacity will find it provides a host of new insights.

Flowers, Toni
In a style that combines practical instruction with chicken-soup-for-the-soul inspiration, Flowers provides a treasure of tips and tools on how to communicate effectively in "autism-speak"; design effective classrooms and learning environments; create schedules that make sense to students; use creative cueing to reinforce lessons; inspire students to achieve their full potential. Flowers' palette of teaching techniques includes real-life case studies and examples of classroom challenges and how to solve them. Her holistic approach is designed to help you enhance and make sense of the kaleidoscope of behaviors in each of these colorful individuals.

Flutie, Doug
A Cup of Comfort for Parents of Children with Autism is a collection of inspiring true stories that relates the strength, love, and devotion families like yours draw on daily. These heartwarming tales will connect you to other devoted and courageous parents, while giving light to your blessing-your child.

Foley, Matthew; Foley, Dean Hyatt
For parents of a child with an autism spectrum condition, obtaining educational and other services for their child is an ongoing and often intractable problem. This book is a comprehensive "how-to" guide covering the questions and issues that parents may have to deal with in getting these services. It covers how to deal with the initial diagnosis of autism, how to arrange the best schooling and also to get support from the community. Based on personal accounts (both from the authors and many other parents), it provides honest, open, and practical advice.

Fredericks, Carrie
Presents essays on autism, discussing its causes, diagnosis, and treatment methods, and contains profiles of autistic individuals and parents with autistic children.

Frith, Uta
The first edition of Autism: Explaining the Enigma quickly became a classic because it provided the first satisfactory psychological account of what happens in the mind of a person with autism. The book proposed that the key problems were an inability to recognize and think about thoughts (theory of mind), and an inability to integrate pieces of information into coherent wholes (central coherence). It suggested that from this beginning, problems of communication, social interaction, and flexibility follow as the complex interactions of human development unfold. This updated edition reports on how this explanation has stood the test of time. A new chapter outlines developments in neuropsychological research that have taken place since the book was first published and reviews the growing body of work on the neurological basis of autism. The accessible style and structure of the original edition have been retained, with information and references updated throughout.

Frith, Uta
What causes autism? Is it a genetic disorder, or due to some unknown environmental hazard? Are we facing an autism epidemic? What are the main symptoms, and how does it relate to Asperger syndrome? Everyone has heard of autism, but the disorder itself is little understood. It has captured the public imagination through films and novels portraying individuals with baffling combinations of disability and extraordinary talent, and yet the reality is that it often places a heavy burden on sufferers and their families. This Very Short Introduction offers a clear statement on what is currently known about autism and Asperger syndrome. Explaining the vast array of different conditions that hide behind these two labels, and looking at symptoms from the full spectrum of autistic disorders, it explores the possible causes for the apparent rise in autism and also evaluates the links with neuroscience, psychology, brain development, genetics, and environmental causes including MMR and Thimerosal. This VSI also explores the psychology behind social impairment and savantism, and sheds light on what it is like to live inside the mind of the sufferer.

Frith, Uta, Editor
The story of autism contains many puzzles, but none more tantalizing than the problem of the eccentric individual who appears to be both intellectually gifted and mentally handicapped and who finds it difficult to deal with everyday social interaction and communication. Such individuals are increasingly recognized as suffering from Asperger Syndrome. The argument presented in this book is that they suffer from a form of autism, but that they can compensate for this handicap to a remarkable degree. In this volume the foremost experts in the field discuss the diagnostic criteria of the syndrome, richly illustrated with examples from their clinical practices. Clinical accounts are balanced with personal accounts and some as yet preliminary research data. Asperger's classic paper is translated and annotated. The insights of this pioneer of autism have been unjustly neglected but reflect a very modern awareness of the many forms of autism and the wide range of individual differences in the men and women who suffer from this disorder. Asperger Syndrome individuals with their intellectual and linguistic ability and their desire for social adaptation are extremely vulnerable.

Fuentes, Carolyn
Dr. Fuentes does your homework to improve your knowledge on autism -- by compiling information from the best doctors, professors, medical researchers, scientists, up-to-date theories, and a brief synopsis on her son in one book. She has written autism to help parents, schools, other professionals, and her family to understand the true meaning to this life-long subject.

Fullerton, Ann; Coyne, Phyllis; Stratton, Joyce; Gray, Carol
A guide to helping special and general education teachers support students with autism, concentrating on high school students but also applicable to elementary, middle, and postsecondary students. Coverage includes issues of adolescence such as peer relations and developing an adult identity, learning styles and cognitive characteristics in autism, adapting instructional materials, organization strategies, and social assistance, offering numerous practical suggestions. Includes a brief list of organizations. Plastic spiral binding. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Gabriels, Robin
Individuals with autism and their caregivers face unique challenges in later childhood and adolescence, yet this period is often neglected in the professional literature. This unique volume translates current research on the needs of this population into practical recommendations for clinicians and educators. Featuring vivid case examples and an in-depth, reproducible assessment form, the book comprehensively addresses the many contexts of children's lives. Accessible guidance and hands-on suggestions are provided for: *Supporting positive behavior, communication, and social skills. *Managing issues related to mental and physical health and sexuality. *Helping families access services and navigate the legal system. *Optimizing the educational and transition planning process.

Gerencher, Sandra
The timeless tale of a boy (with autism) and his (shelter) dog. Over the past 10 years, author Sandra Gerencher has been on a mission to save dogs from high-kill animal shelters. Her first rescue was P.J., the black and white Pomeranian in the story. She also adopted the orange Pomeranians Shelby and Lil Rascal, and of course, Chance, the big black Rottweiler/German Shepherd mix. All characters in the story are based on Sandra's real life family. The book is filled with softly blended watercolor photos of her loved ones. Her most significant adoption was her son, Terry. He was considered a special needs child because he was born with a genetic disorder known as Fragile X Syndrome. The disorder can cause many cognitive disorders, such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, mental retardation and depression.

Gerlach, Elizabeth K.
A "who's who" guide to autism, this book lists clinics, medical centers, websites, and key personnel in its offering of treatment options in the fight against autism. The Autism Treatment Guide is in its 3rd edition because it offers so much to so many.

Gillingham, Gail
Details many anecdotes from real life situations which clarify exactly why an autistic person reacts bizarrely to normal stimuli the rest of us would find unremarkable. The author writes from an empathetic perspective. An excellent book explaining sensory difficulties experienced by people with autism.

Gillingham, Gail

Gilpin, R. Wayne
The final in the series, this offers new stories that reflect how we are perceived by the individuals with autism and Asperger's Syndrome. This book offers a special section on the author's son, Alex, and shares his e-mails that have family and friends in stitches with his unique perspective. As with the first two, guaranteed to have you laughing out loud many times!

Gilpin, R. Wayne
A humorous look at autism. Written by a parent, it offers warm and wonderful stories by parents and teachers that will make you laugh out loud while learning more about autism as you gain a new perspective!

Gilpin, R. Wayne
The sequel to Laughing and Loving with Autism. Written by a parent, it offers more warm and wonderful stories by parents and teachers that will make you laugh out loud while learning more about autism as you gain a new perspective!

Grandin, Temple
In this innovative book, Dr. Temple Grandin gets down to the real issues of autism, the ones parents, teachers, and individuals on the spectrum face every day. Temple offers helpful do's and don'ts, practical strategies, and try-it-now tips, all based on her "insider" perspective and a great deal of research.

Grandin, Temple; Johnson, Catherine
I don't know if people will ever be able to talk to animals the way Doctor Doolittle could, or whether animals will be able to talk back. Maybe science will have something to say about that. But I do know people can learn to "talk" to animals, and to hear what animals have to say, better than they do now. --From Animals in Translation Why would a cow lick a tractor? Why are collies getting dumber? Why do dolphins sometimes kill for fun? How can a parrot learn to spell? How did wolves teach man to evolve? Temple Grandin draws upon a long, distinguished career as an animal scientist and her own experiences with autism to deliver an extraordinary message about how animals act, think, and feel. She has a perspective like that of no other expert in the field, which allows her to offer unparalleled observations and groundbreaking ideas. People with autism can often think the way animals think, putting them in the perfect position to translate "animal talk." Grandin is a faithful guide into their world, exploring animal pain, fear, aggression, love, friendship, communication, learning, and, yes, even animal genius. The sweep of Animals in Translation is immense and will forever change the way we think about animals.

Grinker, Roy
This global exploration of autism by an anthropologist -- and father of a child with autism -- is the first book to show that the autism "epidemic" holds surprising new promise for better diagnosis and treatment. Unstrange Minds documents Grinker's quest to find out why autism is so much more common today, and to uncover the implications of the increase. His search took him to Africa, India, and East Asia, to the National Institutes of Mental Health, and to the mountains of Appalachia . What he discovered is both surprising and controversial: the high rates of autism may not be proof of an epidemic. Grinker shows that the identification and treatment of autism everywhere depends on culture just as much as on science. With the rise of parent advocacy, mainstreaming in education, public awareness, and the decline of the stigma of brain-based disorders, there are more people in the world today with a diagnosis of autism today than at any time in history. Doctors are describing and treating the disorder better, epidemiologists are counting it better, school systems are coding it better -- and children are benefiting. There is more research, more special education, more philanthropy, more understanding of how families struggle to cope. Finally, after all these years, we've realized that autism is a major public health concern. Filled with moving stories from throughout the world, and informed by the latest science and Grinker's own experience raising a daughter with autism, Unstrange Minds is unlike any other book on autism. It is a powerful testament to a father's quest for the truth, and is urgently relevant to anyone whose life is touched by one of history's most puzzling disorders.

Hart, Charles; Zion, Claire, Editor
Despite the tremendous need for parents of autistic children to learn as much as they can about treatments, life choices, and possible cures, there has never been a broad subject survey or a complete examination of the anecdotal evidence until now. Includes the success rate of the best-known treatments and more.

Hays, Natasha
Told from a pediatrician's perspective, A Toss of the Dice reveals what it is like to diagnose and treat children with developmental problems. Natasha T. Hays uses stories from her pediatric practice to illustrate the challenges faced by children with different types of special needs, including autism, bipolar disorder, genetic syndromes, cerebral palsy, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and giftedness. In this highly readable book, Hays combines stories of inspirational children with useful medical information and treatment options. A Toss of the Dice shows the human perspective of the interaction between doctor and patient. It informs parents, teachers, doctors and health professionals as well as the general reader.

Healing Project
Filled with true stories of the parents of autistic children, their caregivers, teachers, and friends, the stories presented both inspire and inform, providing a palpable sense of connection and community. A comprehensive resource section for those seeking current information about the science and treatment of autism is also included. Heartfelt and emotional, this informative volume truly affirms the strength of the human spirit.

Hermelin, Beate
Brought to general attention by Rainman, and a subject of endless fascination, the extraordinary talents of some people with autism are well-documented, yet little is understood about the nature of their gifts. Drawing on 20 years of research, Beate Hermelin describes not just what autistics savant do, but explains how they do it. She discusses the nature of the talents of savants who are gifted at poetry, foreign language acquisition, the visual arts, music, and calendar and numerical calculations. Not just an exploration of autistic gifts, Bright Splinters of the Mind is a book that reaches radical conclusions on the very nature of talent and its relationship to intelligence.

Hewetson, Ann; Brown, Amy
Personal stories and professional research findings make this highly readable book a ready summary of the current knowledge surrounding autism. Directed toward parents and professionals, this book explains what research has revealed and supports it with personal accounts written by people with autism and the parents of autistic children. The focus of the book encompasses the wide spectrum of characteristics and ability levels that exist within autism and their implications for autistic individuals as children, older adolescents, and adults.

Holmes, David L.
Presents an in-depth model for helping children and adults with autism. It is based on the program at The Eden Family of Services in Princeton, New Jersey, which provides comprehensive behaviorally based services for people with autism.

Holzhauser-Peters, Leslie
Making Sense of Children's Thinking and Behavior offers parents and professionals a tool for understanding children with neurological differences. These children have an atypical view of the world, unique to their particular disability, which can make their behavior confusing and, at times, challenging. Often, the child's actions are misunderstood and, consequently, they are unfairly punished. An individualized approach to understanding a child's thought processes can help to resolve these problems. The authors' Systematic Tool for Analyzing Thinking (STAT) offers such an approach. It provides a step-by-step method for understanding a child's behavior by revealing the thought processes behind it. By viewing a situation from the child's perspective, the root of the problem can be identified and one can then effectively address the difficult behavior. Case studies are used to describe the twelve common deficit areas, demonstrating to the reader how to apply the STAT in everyday situations. This practical book is an invaluable resource for parents and professionals working with children with NLD, Asperger's, HFA, PDD-NOS, and other neurological differences.

Houston, Rab A.; Frith, Uta
This case study is the result of a unique collaboration between a social historian and a cognitive scientist. It examines the enigmatic case of Hugh Blair, an eighteenth century Scottish 'laird' or landowner, whose arranged marriage was annulled on the grounds of his mental incapacity. Through an in-depth study of the evidence surrounding the case, the authors conclude that Blair, who was classed at the time as a 'fool', was in fact autistic. Writing in a lively and engaging style, the authors draw together witness statements from court records with a wide range of other documentation to set the sociohistoric scene for the case. This provides a fascinating context to which the latest theories on autism are applied. This book will not only intrigue both historians and psychologists but will also appeal to a wider audience for its study of this compelling and deeply affecting human story.

Howlin, Patricia
This practical guide to the treatment of children with autism and Asperger syndrome commences with a comprehensive review of research into the nature, causes and treatment of these complex conditions. A wide range of therapies are explored and evaluated a

Howlin, Patricia; Hadwin, Julie; Baron-Cohen, Simon
The difficulties experienced by children with autism and related conditions in inferring the thoughts, beliefs, desires and intentions of others are well documented in numerous studies. It now seems that these deficits underlie many of the social and communication problems that are characteristic of autism. Teaching Children with Autism to Mind-Read explores the relationship of 'theory of mind' deficits to other areas of childrens functioning and describes existing experimental work that has attempted to enhance the skills associated with understanding others minds. Drawing on their own intervention programme, and providing detailed information about the teaching materials and strategies they use, the authors provide practical guidelines for helping children with autism spectrum conditions to improve their understanding of beliefs, emotions and pretence. The authors tackle specific problematic issues including how to interpret facial expressions how to recognise feelings of anger, sadness, fear and happiness how feelings are affected by what happens and what is expected to happen how to see things from another persons perspective how to understand another persons knowledge and beliefs This easy-to-follow graded teaching guide is of particular relevance to special needs teachers, educational and clinical psychologists, speech and language therapists, and carers of children with autism spectrum conditions.

Howlin, Patricia; Rutter, Michael E.
The book describes ways of dealing with the problems shown by autistic children in their own homes. The principal therapists were parents themselves who played a major role in designing and carrying out the treatment programmes. Treatment programmes were individually designed for each child and the techniques were derived from both developmental and behavioural psychology. The outcome is described in terms of the progress made by individual children. However, in addition to single case studies, the book is unique in comparing outcome, across a whole range of measures, between treated children and their matched controls. The results of the study are discussed both in terms of their practical relevance and also their theoretical implications for our understanding of the nature of autism. This book will assist professional and academic psychologists, psychiatrists, speech therapists and teachers of the handicapped in their consideration of the future developments in the treatment of autism.

Hudson, Jill
Starting from the premise that no two individuals with AS are the same, Hudson and Myles provide a global perspective of how the core characteristics of AS may appear separately and/pr simultaneously, and how they may manifest themselves in a variety of situations. Each characteristic is then paired with a brief explanation, followed by a series of bulleted interventions.

Hutton, Tim
The Fabric Of Autism: Weaving Threads Into A Cogent Theory combines informative clinical work with a moving personal memoir to illustrate and illuminate the humanity that is typically masked by autistic behavior. Advocate, teacher, therapist, lecturer, and author Judith Bluestone (who created the Holistic Approach to NeuroDevelopment and Learning Efficiency) personally triumphed over the challenges of autism. From an informative introduction to neuroscientific research, to explanations of developmental processes, to a survey of clinical outcomes to identify the probable causes of autism, The Fabric Of Autism is a perfect introduction for parents, caregivers, and teachers of autistic children. -- Midwest Book Review

Isanon, Abe
Defining spirituality as 'the spirit with which we confront concrete reality,' this is the first book to focus on the spirituality of people with autism spectrum disorders. Drawing on verbal and non-verbal narratives, Abe Isanon explores the individual's struggle to come to terms with his or her humanity. He looks at the spirituality of those who can neither reflect upon, nor express, their own life experiences, and how this affects both them and their carers. This thought-provoking book will inspire all those who live and work with autism to strive towards a better understanding of its spiritual nature.

Ives, Martine; Munro, Nell
This comprehensive and readable guide answers the questions commonly asked by parents and carers following a diagnosis of autism, and discusses the challenges that can arise in home life, education and socialising. The authors cover a wide variety of therapies and approaches to autism, providing clear, unbiased information so that families will be able to evaluate different options for themselves. Throughout, the emphasis is on home and family life, and the everyday difficulties encountered by families of autistic children. Caring for a Child with Autism is an informative handbook written in association with the National Autistic Society, written for parents with a recently diagnosed autistic child. This is a thorough introduction to autistic spectrum disorders, to be consulted time and time again as new questions arise.

Janert, Sybille
Autism is a complex condition of pervasive developmental delay. Parents have usually been aware for some time that something is 'not quite right' with their child long before his first birthday. There is nothing one can see: the child looks perfectly healthy, is growing and gaining weight. He can do lots of things, but he just will not do them. While physical development is age appropriate, intellectual/cognitive development and all social, communicative and emotional development are severely delayed. Parents' sense of helplessness when faced with their child's unresponsiveness is often overwhelming and needs addressing in a practical way. This book offers encouragement and sheds light on some of these difficult issues and feelings. It aims to help all those involved with autistic children to recover, little by little, from the trauma and despair engendered by the diagnosis 'autistic', 'autistic spectrum disorder', 'autistic features', 'autistic tendencies' or 'Aspergers Syndrome'. This book is a collection of useful ideas, activities, strategies and games developed by the author from her many years of experience of working with young children with autistic features. Included are descriptions of the many of the excellent cognitive/behavioural methods currently available, findings from infant-research and modern psychodynamic understanding, which are based on the underlying assumption that in any human being, including the most severely autistic child, there will be by definition by some healthy developmental i.e. non autistic, potential towards human contact and communication.

Janzen, Janice

Janzen, Janice E.
Written for parents of children recently diagnosed with autism or one of the pervasive developmental disabilities, this resource includes information to help them understand their child's diagnosis, the effects of autism on learning and behavior, and their role as an advocate. Also included is information on treatments and educational service options.

Johnston-Tyler, Jan
The Mom s Guide to Asperger Syndrome and Related Disorders is written primarily for parents of children who have newly been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. It is especially a great resource for the preschool through elementary school years. The book draws from the author s personal experience both as the mom of a son with Asperger Syndrome and her study of and work with children and adolescents with special needs. The result is a practical guide, written for other Aspie parents in a clear, concise, and sometimes humorous tone. This user-friendly book leaves no stone unturned, as it explains, in a friendly, familiar voice, situations and issues that all parents with an AS child will encounter at one point or another. Above all else, the book arms parents with basic, sound information empowering them to seek out the very best services and programs for their child. From dealing with sensory issues and bullying to staying on top of homework, The Mom s Guide to Asperger Syndrome and Related Disorders offers easy-to-use suggestions. The Mom s Guide to Asperger Syndrome and related disorders should be used as a practical, valuable reference throughout the years.

Kaplan, Melvin
Dr Kaplan offers an accessible introduction to the treatment of visual dysfunction, a significant but neglected problem associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and other developmental disabilities. He identifies common autistic symptoms such as hand-flapping, poor eye contact and tantrums as typical responses to the confusion caused by vision disorder. He explains the effects of difficulties with 'ambient vision' – the function that is usually impaired in autistic people – which include a lack of spatial awareness and trouble with coordination , and gives guidance on how to identify the visual deficits of nonverbal children, select prism lenses that will alter the visual field, and create individually tailored programmes of therapy in order to retrain the system. Seeing Through New Eyes is essential reading for parents of autistic children, professionals in the fields of autism, optometry and ophthalmology, psychology and education.

Kennedy, Diane; Banks, Rebecca Banks
Attention deficit/hyperactive disorder (ADHD) is one of the most rapidly growing diagnoses of our generation. Often the diagnosis fails to provide real help, leaving patients, doctors, and families at a loss to know what to do next. But for the first time ever, new insights into the overwhelming number of similarities between Autism and ADHD are giving those with ADHD genuine hope. For years, the label of Autism has carried a negative connotation. Parents were afraid to admit the diagnosis and banished the term from discussion. Finally, The ADHD-Autism Connection gives parents, educators, and doctors a reason to embrace autism with a renewed sense of hope and understanding. This book will show how these understandings can minimize the frustration, misdiagnoses, and misunderstandings ADHD sufferers and their families face.

Kern, Lynn; Lazebnik, Claire
With a 300 percent increase in the incidence of autism and autism spectrum disorders and 1 in 150 children being diagnosed with the disability, autism is now an epidemic. Fortunately, there have been huge advances in our ability to diagnose the disability at younger ages and in the development of effective interventions that can change children's lives. In Overcoming Autism, Lynn Kern Koegel, Ph.D., one of the most well-known and highly respected experts on treating autism, shares her professional advice while coauthor Claire LaZebnik, a professional writer whose son has autism, provides insight into the daily life of parents coping with autism. It's a difficult disability to live with, but it doesn't have to devastate a family. In this book, Koegel and LaZebnik offer concrete ways to immediately begin improving the symptoms of autism and the emotional life of anyone coping with the disorder. Providing a complete program of strategies that can be tailored to any child's specific needs, this is a must-read, must-own book that offers hope through practical solutions which are warm, nurturing, and designed to fit into a family's daily life. The writers never lose sight of the humor that lurks in the quirkiness of the disability or the importance of enjoying and loving your child.

Landau, Elaine
In Autism, award-winning author Elaine Landau tackles the condition that has challenged the mental health community since it was first identified in 1943. She covers signs of autism, a historical view of the disorder, various treatments, and the most important advances in drugs and therapy. She also discusses the 10 percent of the autistic population with extraordinary abilities -- they are known as savants.

Lawson, Wendy
For those with autism, understanding 'normal' can be a difficult task. For those without autism, the perception of 'normal' can lead to unrealistic expectations of self and others. This book explores how individuals and society understand 'normal', in order to help demystify and make accessible a full range of human experience. Wendy Lawson outlines the theory behind the current thinking and beliefs of Western society that have led to the building of a culture that fails to be inclusive. She describes what a wider concept of 'normal' means and how to access it, whether it's in social interaction, friendships, feelings, thoughts and desires or various other aspects of 'normality'. Practical advice is offered on a range of situations, including how to find your role within the family, how to integrate 'difference' into everyday society, and how to converse and connect with others. Accessible and relevant to people both on and off the autism spectrum, this book offers a fresh look at what it means to be 'normal'.

Lawson, Wendy
To many of the people who live or work with an individual with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the processes by which those with autism make sense of the world around them may seem mysterious. In Understanding and Working with the Spectrum of Autism Wendy Lawson demonstrates these processes using comparisons from the non-ASD world to help professionals, families and carers to relate to and communicate with people with ASD better. Exercises at the back of the book encourage the reader to reflect on what has been discussed. The second part of the book contains chapters presenting a range of interventions and strategies for particular situations. Wendy illustrates her text with examples from her own life and from the lives of those she has met or worked with to clarify her points. She analyses ASD characteristics and examines interventions for dealing with social skills, anger management and self-esteem. Stress, its effects on the families of children with autism, and how best it can be alleviated, is also explored. Wendy writes in the light of her personal experience of an autism spectrum disorder as well as that of the available literature to create a book that is both readable and wide-ranging, furthering understanding of the links and differences between neurotypical individuals and those with ASD. Her book is an essential introduction to ASD for social workers, nurses, health professionals and those working in related fields.

Lawson, Wendy
Written by an 'insider', an openly gay autistic adult, Wendy Lawson writes frankly and honestly about autism, sex and sexuality. In her new book, she draws upon her own experience to examine the implications of being autistic on relationships, sex and sexuality. Having discussed subjects such as basic sex education and autism, the author goes further to explore the wider issues of interpersonal relationships, same sex attraction, bisexuality and transgender issues. She also examines the unspoken rules that exist between people in relationships and explains why these rules can be difficult and confusing for people with autism. This book will give courage and information to adults with autism or Asperger Syndrome and provide essential insights to those living and working with them.

LeBlanc, Raymond
Signs, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatments and Effects on Life. The latest information on raising children with asperger syndrome or autistic disorder.

Ledgin, Norm
This offering, written by a historian who has a son with Asperger's Syndrome, examines Thomas Jefferson, one of the United States' most brilliant Presidents and his many behaviors that match the Asperger's Syndrome diagnosis. The book gives fascinating insight into Jefferson as well as documenting the multiple factors that contribute to this diagnosis.

Levy, Jonathan
All autistic children have ways of dropping into their own world, leaving us behind for a minute, an hour, a day. This is the essence of autism: a disorder that is, at its heart, about interaction. Many of the symptoms associated with autism come from either a lack of paying attention to other people or a lack of interest in joining in with the rest of the world. Because this is the case, it is important that when you work with your child, you are addressing the core issue of autism: your child, for one reason or another, is not spending enough time in our interactive world. What You Can Do Right Now to Help Your Child with Autism gives you the best tangible things that you can do-right now-to work with your child and draw him or her back into our interactive world. You do have the ability to help your child interact more deeply and consistently.

Lockshin, Stephanie
Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are characterized by severe developmental impairments, including lowered social function and communication skills. Having a child with an ASD greatly stresses the emotional, financial, and social resources of the family. With this workbook, parents learn the latest and most effective ASD management techniques for their children, including the use of the family enhancement treatment model designed by the authors-a program that provides step-by-step guidelines for fostering children's abilities and enhancing the health of the whole family. The book encourages parents to seek a balance between child-centered and family-centered goals. Parents learn how to assess their children's needs and create a personalized intervention plan compatible with the family's resources, goals, and priorities. Worksheets guide parents through the assessment and decision making process. The family enhancement plan shows how specific family needs can suggest specific child-centered target behaviors. When accomplished, these behavior goals-like the accomplishment of certain chores or the ability to go with the family on an outing or errands-will benefit both child and family.

Lovecky, Dierdre
Recognizing the different levels and kinds of giftedness, this book provides an insight into the challenges and benefits specific to gifted children with attention difficulties. Explaining why certain children are gifted and how giftedness is manifested, each chapter on a specific topic addresses the relevance for children with AD/HD, autism and Asperger Syndrome. Lovecky guides parents and professionals through methods of diagnosis and advises on how best to nurture individual needs, positive behavior and relationships at home and at school.

Lytel, Jane
Jayne Lytel was a successful syndicated columnist when her son Leo was diagnosed with autism. Using her reporting skills to better understand her son's health issues, she helped Leo gain essential abilities. After four years of therapy, he no longer meets the diagnostic criteria for autism, attends a mainstream school, and is a thriving, healthy child. Act Early Against Autism is a practical and empowering guide for parents on how early intervention can change their child's future.

Matthews, Joan; Williams, James
James Williams is an SP or special person - he was diagnosed with autism during early childhood. His mother, Joan Matthews, is an NP or normal person. As James grew up, his different perception of the world and the lack of understanding from NPs created problems. Together, he and his mother met the challenges with ingenuity and humour. One day, while taking a walk, James and Joan decided to write a book of their practical solutions. The Self-Help Guide for Special Kids is that book. Covering everything from eye sensitivity, to knowing how far away to stand from other people, to being polite when someone is crying, James and Joan's book describes the problems that an SP may face, and the solutions which they have found to work successfully. Pervaded by their caustic humour and common sense, The Self-Help Guide for Special Kids will be invaluable to other SPs and their families both as a source of advice and a fresh and witty account of how it feels to be an SP.

McCracken, Heather
The Friend 2 Friend Social Learning Society, founded in 2002, develops fun and interactive programs that provide children with information about autism in age-appropriate and sensitive manners. The purpose of this program is to educate neurotypical children so that the child with ASD can assimilate into normal social situations. "That's What's Different About Me" is a packaged puppet program, based off of the Friend 2 Friend program, designed for self-use by parents, teachers, and other professionals. The kit contains: * DVD: This interactive DVD contains a brief introduction for teachers and parents, the puppet play, a review of the learning goals and friendship tips, and frequently asked questions. * Program Manual: This manual is designed to assist in implementing the That's What's Different About Me! program at home or at school. Four main sections include the philosophy of the Friend 2 Friend program, the teaching model, how to implement the program, which includes lesson plans, follow-up activities, resources, and materials, and an overview of the Integrated Play Group. * Children's Story and Coloring Book: This story and coloring book tells the story of Crystal and how she and Freddie learned to be better friends. It is adapted from the Friend 2 Friend puppet play (as seen on the DVD) into a readable story and coloring book for classroom use.

Mesibov, Gary B.; Adams, Lynn W.; Klinger, Laura G.
A slim volume giving an overview of the subject by presenting a historical review, a definition of the syndrome, current biological theories of causation, and discussion of language and cognition, intervention approaches, and treatment issues. Useful and accessible to both seasoned clinicians and concerned laypersons. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Mesibov, Gary B.; Shea, Victoria; Adams, Lynn W.
This volume, the first in the series, explores the high-functioning group of people within the spectrum of autism disorders. It is the culmination of over a decade of clinical work and research, including the most current information available about this group. This book explores: the history of high-functioning autism; diagnosis of the disorder; assessment; and treatment for the individual and their families. Written in a style that is accessible to both seasoned clinicians and concerned lay persons, Understanding Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism is a unique resource.

Mueller, Kathleen
There is the heartache we all share when our child is given the diagnosis of autism. At first we feel all alone in the world wondering how this could happen to my child, but we are not alone, there are a growing number of families who have a child who has been diagnosed with autism. A mother tells her story and explains how she took control of her son's future by creating her own therapy, sharing with other parents how she was able to determine what her son needed and then how to implement those needs into lessons he could understand. Gain insight into the ways in which you can begin providing your own therapy for your child or choosing to home school if that is your wish. If you have a child that has not been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder but you suspect they might be autistic, learn the diagnostic criteria used by professionals in diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Murray, Stuart
From concerns about an 'autism epidemic' to the MMR vaccine crisis, autism is a source of peculiar fascination in the contemporary media. Author Stuart Murray, himself the parent of an autistic child, contends that for all the coverage, autism rarely emerges from the various images we produce of it as a comprehensible way of being in the world -- instead occupying a succession of narrative spaces as a source of fascination and wonder. A refreshing analysis and evaluation of autism within contemporary society and culture, Representing Autism establishes the autistic presence as a way by which we might more fully articulate our understanding of those with the condition, and what it means to be a human.

Nadesan, Majia Holmer

Nazeer, Kamran
In 1982, when he was four years old, Kamran Nazeer was enrolled in a small school in New York City alongside a dozen other children diagnosed with autism. Calling themselves the Idiots, these kids received care that was at the cutting edge of developmental psychology. Twenty-three years later, the school no longer exists. Send in the Idiots is the always candid, often surprising, and ultimately moving investigation into what happened to those children. Now a policy adviser in England, Kamran decides to visit four of his old classmates to find out the kind of lives that they are living now, how much they've been able to overcome—and what remains missing. A speechwriter unable to make eye contact; a messenger who gets upset if anyone touches his bicycle; a depressive suicide victim; and a computer engineer who communicates difficult emotions through the use of hand puppets: these four classmates reveal an astonishing, thought-provoking spectrum of behavior. Bringing to life the texture of autistic lives and the pressures and limitations that the condition presents, Kamran also relates the ways in which those can be eased over time, and with the right treatment. Using his own experiences to examine such topics as the difficulties of language, conversation as performance, and the politics of civility, Send in the Idiots is also a rare and provocative exploration of the way that people—all people—learn to think and feel. Written with unmatched insight and striking personal testimony, Kamran Nazeer's account is a stunning, invaluable, and utterly unique contribution to the literature of what makes us human.

Nichols, Shana
Growing up isn't easy, and the trials and tribulations of being a teenager can be particularly confusing for girls with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). This book covers all the concerns commonly faced by girls with ASDs and their parents, from periods and puberty to worries over friendships and fitting in . Taking a good look at these adolescent issues, and many more, within the context of specific areas of difficulty for girls with ASDs, the authors provide families with the knowledge and advice they need to help their daughters and the whole family through the teenage years. This book addresses core issues such as cognition, communication, behavior, sensory sensitivities, and social difficulties; it gives candid and realistic advice on a wide range of important teenage topics. Providing professional perspectives alongside personal experiences from mothers, daughters and educators, this is a unique and comprehensive resource for families and their daughters with ASDs, as well as the teachers and professionals who work with them.

Notbohm, Ellen
Ellen Notbohm's child-centered approach to autism is already having immeasurable effects on the autism community through her books Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew, 1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Ten Things Your Student with Autism Wishes You Knew. A cohesive compilation of her best articles, The Autism Trail Guide: Postcards from the Road Less Traveled will help parents of children with autism take on everyday challenges while celebrating what their children bring to their world. Ellen offers concrete advice on issues such as math homework, video games, and tricky behavior, and also tackles the more abstract concepts of parenting, such as trusting parental instincts, when to take risks, how to hang on, and when to let go. This book is absolutely invaluable to all who are "on the autism trail."

Offit, Paul
A London researcher was the first to assert that the combination measles-mumps-rubella vaccine known as MMR caused autism in children. Following this "discovery," a handful of parents declared that a mercury-containing preservative in several vaccines was responsible for the disease. If mercury caused autism, they reasoned, eliminating it from a child's system should treat the disorder. Consequently, a number of untested alternative therapies arose, and, most tragically, in one such treatment, a doctor injected a five-year-old autistic boy with a chemical in an effort to cleanse him of mercury, which stopped his heart instead. Children with autism have been placed on stringent diets, subjected to high-temperature saunas, bathed in magnetic clay, asked to swallow digestive enzymes and activated charcoal, and injected with various combinations of vitamins, minerals, and acids. Instead of helping, these therapies can hurt those who are most vulnerable, and particularly in the case of autism, they undermine childhood vaccination programs that have saved millions of lives. An overwhelming body of scientific evidence clearly shows that childhood vaccines are safe and does not cause autism. Yet widespread fear of vaccines on the part of parents persists. In this book, Paul A. Offit, a national expert on vaccines, challenges the modern-day false prophets who have so egregiously misled the public and exposes the opportunism of the lawyers, journalists, celebrities, and politicians who support them. Offit recounts the history of autism research and the exploitation of this tragic condition by advocates and zealots. He considers the manipulation of science in the popular media and the courtroom, and he explores why society is susceptible to the bad science and risky therapies put forward by many antivaccination activists.

Osteen, Mark
This volume, the first scholarly book on autism and the humanities, brings scholars from several different disciplines together with adults on the autism spectrum to investigate the diverse ways that autism has been represented in novels, poems, autobiographies, films and clinical discourses, and to explore the connections and demarcations between autistic and normal creative expression.

Ozonoff, Sally; McPartland, James; Dawson, Geraldine
Asperger Syndrome and high-functioning autism are detected earlier and more accurately today than ever before. Children and teens with these disorders often stand out for their precocious intelligence and language abilities--yet profound social difficulties can limit every aspect of their lives. This hopeful, compassionate guide shows parents how to work with their child's unique impairments and capabilities to help him or her learn to engage more fully with the world and live as self-sufficiently as possible. From leading experts in the field, the book is packed with practical ideas for helping children relate more comfortably to peers,learn the rules of appropriate behavior, and participate more fully in school and family life. It also explains what scientists currently know about autistic spectrum disorders and how they are diagnosed and treated. Real-life success stories, problem-solving ideas, and matter-of-fact advice on everything from educational placements to career planning make this an indispensable reference that families will turn to again and again.

Parish, Robert
Through sensitive, sometimes humorous, experienced-based writing from teachers, clinicians, and parent activists in the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) community, this book will help educators and others to better understand the world inhabited by ASD children. The stories contained in the book will inspire and inform readers who are working day-to-day with children in the autism spectrum, providing valuable insights into what makes these kids tick and useful information on how they communicate, learn, and succeed.

Parks, Peggy
Autism is a mysterious, complex disorder that affects the brain's normal development of social and communication skills. Through objective overviews, primary sources, and full-color illustrations, this title examines: What Is Autism? What Causes Autism? How Effective Are Autism Treatments? and Will New Research Prevent or Cure Autism?

Pavlides, Merope
This book looks at how therapies involving animals can be used to help individuals with autism to develop skills, including sensory and social skills, to manage challenging behaviors, and improve quality of life. Whether participating in therapeutic horseback riding, utilizing a trained service dog, visiting a dolphin therapy center, or simply experiencing companion animal therapy, people with autism can reap a multitude of benefits from interaction with furry, feathered, and finned friends. Merope Pavlides relates the success stories of different animal-assisted interventions, as well as noting the challenges of working with particular animal species. She also emphasizes the importance of tailoring interventions to the specific needs of the individual and of monitoring progress. With recommendations for resources and further reading, this book will be of great interest to people with autism, their parents, and the professionals who work with them.

Powers, Michael D., Editor

Powers, Michael D., Editor; Grandin, Temple, Editor
Children with Autism covers a multitude of special concerns, including daily and family life, early intervention, educational programs, legal rights, advocacy, and a look at the years ahead with a chapter on adults with autism. Parents can turn to this new edition for the latest information on current diagnostic criteria, Applied Behavior Analysis, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), autism advocacy via the Internet, and much more.

Quinn, Barbara; Malone, Anthony
Pervasive Developmental Disorder, or PDD, is the umbrella term used to cover the whole family of autistic spectrum disorders - including autism and Asperger Syndrome. Within this group there is a subgroup called NOS - not otherwise specified - which covers the conditions which do not quite meet the diagnostic criteria for autism or Asperger Syndrome. Because PDD covers such a wide spectrum, it presents very differently from child to child. Written principally for parents, this is a book which explains what it means for your child to be diagnosed with PDD, NOS, autism or Asperger Syndrome, and where you go from there. The authors describe the symptoms of PDD, what a diagnosis means, how a child fits into the diagnostic terminology and the diagnostic procedures involved. They also review associated disorders such as OCD, and discuss the different treatments and therapies available. The book includes frequently-asked questions, as well as the experiences of other parents. It is accessible, informative and supportive, a practical introduction to PDD.

Reynolds, Tammi
If you have ever wondered how therapists, behaviorists, case managers and other mental health professionals deliver treatment and care to children suffering from autism and other pervasive developmental disorders, this book is for you! Covering everything from how therapy is developed to the day-to-day activities, this is an excellent book for anyone that wants to build a career around working with special needs children. Filled with useful reference materials and anecdotes.

Richer, John, Editor; Coates, Sheila, Editor
Explores the mechanisms of children's development into autistic behavior, the underlying physiology, and current therapies. Topics of the 30 papers include attachment in children with autism, early intervention in autistic disorders, reclaiming non-autistic potential through interactive games, a music therapy case study, the state of autism in Ukraine, and a home-base applied behavioral analysis program. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Ridriguez, Ana Maria
Six out of 1,000 children worldwide are currently affected by autism spectrum disorder, including autism and Asperger Syndrome. These disorders disturb the development of the mind. They cause a wide variety of communication problems, social difficulties, and repetitive or obsessive behaviors. At one end of the spectrum, severe autism can leave a person unable to talk or interact with others. At the other end of the spectrum, someone with mild Asperger Syndrome might have unusual habits and problems holding conversations. Learn the possible causes of autism and Asperger Syndrome, new treatments and diagnostic tools, and more in this insightful overview.

Ritvo, Edward
Edward R. Ritvo MD is an internationally recognized medical expert and pioneer in the field of autism and Asperger's disorder and co-author of the DSM definitions. Much of what is known about these disorders today is based on his painstaking research and groundbreaking discoveries. In this book he shares his forty years' experience and opens his extensive UCLA casebook to the reader. Understanding the Nature of Autism and Asperger's Disorder is 'a consultation with Prof. Ritvo' – an accessible introduction for professionals, spouses, families and individuals with the disorders. It explains the most important facts and findings about autism and Asperger's Disorder, including: how Prof. Ritvo makes a diagnosis; what the causes are; what is different in the brain; treatments that work (and those that don't); what a child might be like when he grows up; what services to expect from professionals and; what future research holds. This book is an absolute must-read for anyone with an interest in autism spectrum disorders, whether a practitioner, a parent, a student or an affected individual.

Robledo, Jhoanna
Answers to more than one hundred of the most frequently asked questions about autism, a disease that affects an estimated one in 250 children. At the age of two, Dawn Ham-Kucharski's son, Alex, was diagnosed with autism, and she was given little hope that he would ever express himself verbally or interact meaningfully with others. But, now at the age of six, Alex is an uplifting autism success story, due to his mother's tireless efforts to seek out an appropriate treatment program, educational plan, and socialization strategy. In The Autism Book, health and parenting journalist S. Jhoanna Robledo and Ham-Kucharski, an impassioned advocate for educational opportunity for autistic children, use their hard-won knowledge and experience to objectively and compassionately answer the most urgent questions of parents and educators of autistic children. The authors offer comprehensive information on diagnoses, causes, manifestations, treatment options, managing emotions, family relationships, parenting and lifestyle issues, education, and common worries.

Rothernbergy, Myra; Levine, Pater
Mira Rothenberg pioneered both the clinical distinction and treatment protocol for autistic and severely disturbed children as separate from those for the mentally retarded. Winner of a Woman of the Year award from the New York City Chamber of Commerce and the National Organization for Mentally Ill Children, she writes here eloquently of a lifetime of taking on seemingly hopeless cases and bringing these children, through painstaking therapy and love, back into the world. Children with Emerald Eyes includes case histories ranging from incarcerated teenagers to a profoundly autistic six-year-old, told with the same power and sympathy Rothenberg used in her practice.

Sacks, Oliver
Neurological patients, Oliver Sacks once wrote, are travellers to unimaginable lands. An Anthropologist on Mars offers portraits of seven such travellers - including a surgeon consumed by the compulsive tics of Tourette's syndrome unless he is operating; an artist who loses all sense of color in a car accident, but finds a new sensibility and creative power in black and white; and an autistic professor who cannot decipher the simplest social exchange between humans, but has built a career out of her intuitive understanding of animal behavior. These are paradoxical tales, for neurological disease can conduct one to other modes of being that - however abnormal they may be to our way of thinking - may develop virtues and beauties of their own. The exploration of these individual lives is not one that can be made in a consulting room or office, and Sacks has taken off his white coat and deserted the hospital, by and large, to join his subjects in their own environments. He feels, he says, in part like a neuroanthropologist, but most of all like a physician, called here and there to make house calls, house calls at the far border of experience. Along the way, he shows us a new perspective on the way our brains construct our individual worlds. In his lucid and compelling reconstructions of the mental acts we take for granted - the act of seeing, the transport of memory, the notion of color - Oliver Sacks provokes anew a sense of wonder at who we are.

Sacks, Oliver
In his most extraordinary book, "one of the great clinical writers of the 20th century" (The New York Times) recounts the case histories of patients lost in the bizarre, apparently inescapable world of neurological disorders. Oliver Sacks's The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat tells the stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations: patients who have lost their memories and with them the greater part of their pasts; who are no longer able to recognize people and common objects; who are stricken with violent tics and grimaces or who shout involuntary obscenities; whose limbs have become alien; who have been dismissed as retarded yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents. If inconceivably strange, these brilliant tales remain, in Dr. Sacks's splendid and sympathetic telling, deeply human. They are studies of life struggling against incredible adversity, and they enable us to enter the world of the neurologically impaired, to imagine with our hearts what it must be to live and feel as they do. A great healer, Sacks never loses sight of medicine's ultimate responsibility: "the suffering, afflicted, fighting human subject."

Schiappacasse, Chuck
GOD HEALS TODAY features over 70 dramatic and confirmed cases of divine healing, from AIDS, autism and allergies to cancer, arthritis and epilepsy. In an easy-to-understand semi-journalistic narrative style, GOD HEALS TODAY offers hope through Biblically-based healing. Each story is headlined and includes actual names of those healed. Cases of healing in the Old and New Testaments are also included. This unique book adds the Biblical way to keep healthy.

Schreibman, Laura
Schreibman presents a concise yet comprehensive discussion of autism for the reader who has little or no knowledge of the disorder while keeping the discussion sophisticated in terms of child psychology and research issues. She discusses the history of the diagnosis of autism and then details the specific behavioural characteristics associated with the syndrome and the controversy of the diagnostic issues. A section on the etiology of autism describes non-empirical hypothesised relations between the children and their social environments as well as data-based hypotheses focusing on organic factors. The main treatment models applied to autism are presented, followed by the more extensively detailed behavioural model.

Schreibman, Laura
In The Science and Fiction of Autism, one of the country's leading experts in behavioral treatments approaches autism through the context of its controversies, showing where extraordinary and unfounded claims have falsely raised hopes, stirred fears, and ruined lives. Arguing that autism is an entirely biological disorder, however complex its neurological origins, Laura Schreibman lays waste to the beliefs that it is caused by "refrigerator mothers" or the MMR vaccine, as well as to the simplistic claims that it can be cured by a variety of unsubstantiated treatments. Drawing from her own long clinical experience with autistic children and their parents, Schreibman arms her readers--students, educators, psychologists, and parents alike--with information and arguments to deal with the onslaught of good, bad, deficient, and irrelevant ideas about autism.

Schreibman, Laura
The field of autism is littered with the debris of dead ends, crushed hoes, ineffective treatments, and false starts. This has been frustrating and discouraging for everyone, including parents and professionals. . . . The field is susceptible to all sorts of false beliefs, snake-oil treatments, and potential 'cures' because we are dealing with a devastating disorder for which we have relatively few answers to date. Ignorance provides a vacuum that sucks in all kinds of ideas--some right, some irrelevant, some dead wrong, and some even harmful. . . . A voluminous stream of information about autism comes at us daily from magazine and newspaper articles, television, movies, and . . . the Internet. . . . One need not be a scientist in order to know how to evaluate information critically; one just needs to be appropriately critical. . . . Critical thinking empowers us to cut through all of the hype, dramatic claims, and wishful thinking. Sometimes the truth hurts (for example, finding out that a proposed cure is indeed bogus), but . . . the pursuit of fruitless avenues serves only to waste time, money, and emotional energy on theories that do not add up or cures that do not work.

Seifert, Cheryl D.
This book makes available in a single reference the most current information on autism. The framework for understanding autistic behavior derives from an evolutionary and holistic approach which insists that all behavior be considered in its full biological context. The author expresses clinical speculations in terms of etiology, behavior and treatment. Intended for the graduate student in special education, research, or psychology. Contents: Theoretical Framework for the Study of Autism; Psychodiagnostic Use of Human-Figure Drawing; and A Biosocial Approach to Personality Assessment. Includes 84 illustrations.

Shore, Stephen
Autism affects more than 1 million children and adults in the United States, and parents may be confused by the behavior of autistic children. This book provides help-and hope-by explaining the differences between various types of autism and delivering the lowdown on behavioral, educational, medical, other interventions. Featuring inspiring autism success stories as well as a list of organizations where people who support those with autism can go for additional help, it offers practical advice on how to educate children as well as insights on helping people with autism use their strengths to maximize their potential in life.

Shore, Stephen M., editor
Ask and Tell: Self-Advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum aims to help people with autism effectively self-advocate in their pursuit of independent, productive, and fulfilling lives. Ask and Tell is unique by being the first book to speak to the twin issues of self-advocacy and disclosure for people with autism and by consisting exclusively -- including the cover art and the preface by Temple Grandin -- of contributions by those on the autism spectrum for persons on the spectrum.

Sicile-Kira, Chantal
From an award-winning author and advocate, Autism Life Skills presents a positive and empowering "bill of rights" for every person with autism, regardless of impairment level. With advice and reflections from autistic adults across the spectrum, as well as Sicile-Kira's own experience as an advocate and parent of an autistic teen, the book covers these ten essential life skills: Making Sense of the World * Communication * Safety * Self-Esteem * Pursuing Interests * Self-Regulation * Independence * Social Relationships * Self- Advocacy *Earning a Living. Whether your child or student has Asperger's or is on the more severely impaired end of the autism spectrum, this action-oriented guide will provide hope and help -- so that every child has a chance to reach his or her full potential.

Sicile-Kira, Chantal
Based upon Chantal Sicile-Kira's personal and professional experiences with autistic disorders, this comprehensive and accessible source covers all aspects of autism conditions, including Asperger's Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder, including: the causes of autism spectrum disorders; how to properly diagnose ASPs; treatments based on physiology, sensory, and biomedical interventions; coping strategies for families; educational programs; living and working conditions for adults with ASP; Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC) .

Siegel, Bryna
Each child on the autism spectrum has a unique set of special needs. That's why their parents deserve a smart, caring advocate to help zero in on proven interventions that are right for their child. Bestselling author Bryna Siegel, one of the world's leading authorities on autism, deftly guides parents through the complex maze of treatment options. She shows how to obtain an accurate assessment of a child's strengths and weaknesses, and then provides step-by-step guidance to help parents develop a plan of action tailored to their child's individual learning style, verbal abilities, and social skills. Like no other book on the market, Getting the Best for Your Child with Autism will help parents maximize all of the resources available to help their kids reach their full potential.

Siegel, Bryna
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.

Siegel, Bryna
The trouble with treating autism, Siegel writes, is that it is a spectrum disorder -- a combination of a number of symptoms and causes. To one extent or another, it robs the child of social bonds, language, and intimacy -- but the extent varies dramatically in each case. The key is to understand each case of autism as a discrete set of learning disabilities, each of which must be treated individually. Siegel explains how to take an inventory of a child's particular disabilities, breaks down the various kinds unique to autism, discusses our current knowledge about each, and reviews the existing strategies for treating them. There is no simple cure for this multifarious disorder, she writes; instead, an individual program, with a unique array of specific treatments, must be constructed for each child. She gives practical guidance for fashioning such a program, empowering parents to take the lead in their child's treatment. At the same time, she cautions against the proliferating, but questionable, treatments hawked to afflicted families. She knows the panic to do something, anything, to help an autistic child, and she offers parents reassurance and support as well as sensible advice, combining knowledge from experience, theory, and research.

Siegel, Bryna
Bryna Siegel gives parents of autistic children what they need most: hope. Her first book, The World of the Autistic Child, became an instant classic, illuminating the inaccessible minds of afflicted children. Now she offers an equally insightful, thoroughly practical guide to treating the learning disabilities associated with this heartbreaking disorder. The trouble with treating autism, Siegel writes, is that it is a spectrum disorder--a combination of a number of symptoms and causes. To one extent or another, it robs the child of social bonds, language, and intimacy--but the extent varies dramatically in each case. The key is to understand each case of autism as a discrete set of learning disabilities, each of which must be treated individually. Siegel explains how to take an inventory of a child's particular disabilities, breaks down the various kinds unique to autism, discusses our current knowledge about each, and reviews the existing strategies for treating them. There is no simple cure for this multifarious disorder, she writes; instead, an individual program, with a unique array of specific treatments, must be constructed for each child. She gives practical guidance for fashioning such a program, empowering parents to take the lead in their child's treatment. At the same time, she cautions against the proliferating, but questionable, treatments hawked to afflicted families. She knows the panic to do something, anything, to help an autistic child, and she offers parents reassurance and support as well as sensible advice, combining knowledge from experience, theory and research. For parents, autism in a child is heartbreaking. But it need not be overwhelming. Bryna Siegel offers a new understanding, and a practical, thoughtful approach, that will give parents new hope.

Sigman, Marian; Capps, Lisa
Attempting to make sense of the many features of autism at every level of intellectual functioning across the life span, psychology experts Marian Sigman and Lisa Capps weave together clinical vignettes, research findings, methodological considerations, and historical accounts. The result is a compelling, comprehensive view of the disorder, as true to human experience as it is to scientific observation.

Simpson, Richard L.; Zionts, Paul
Focuses on answering common questions about autism and autism-related disorders. Topics include causes of autism, identification and assessment, major problems and needs of children and youth with autism, interventions, sources of assistance and parental suppport. While the information is scientifically valid, it is presented in such a manner that both professionals and parents with limited background in autism and behavioral science will find it helpful.

Small, Mindy; Kontente, Lisa
True to its title, this comprehensive resource offers parents and other caregivers practical and effective approaches to solving the many puzzles of daily living with a child with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) - from dressing, toileting, and eating, to going to the playground, visiting the dentist, getting used to a new baby, and many, many more. Each of the everyday scenarios presented is broken down into four components for ease of use: The presenting problem is defined; its possible relevance to ASD is explained; recommendations and strategies are offered; a summary conclusion is provided. The authors' first-hand experiences working with a wide range of families show in this invaluable manual for novice as well as experienced parents.

Stanton, Mike
Intended for the professionals who work with autistic people and their families and friends, Learning to Live with High Functioning Autism draws on the Stanton family's experiences, and compares it with the experiences of others, to offer an honest portrayal of what living with autism is actually like for all of those involved. It offers an insight into the world of autistic children and the problems that they and their families face. It will provide support and encouragement for families of children with autism, as well as being an invaluable source of information and advice for professionals working with autistic children and their families. Most important of all, it argues convincingly that learning to live with autism is a two-way process. We have to reject all models of intervention based upon coercion and compliance in order to work in partnership with young people with autism.

Steere, Cathy
The heartening and realistic true story of a family raising their autistic son, with all its trials. The Steere family refused to wallow in hopelessness, and would not conclude what the experts told them was inevitable - that their son could never learn to be compliant or show any affection towards others. He has learned both and much more! A book which will encourage parents of any children, but particularly those with special needs.

Stillman, William
Parents, caregivers and educators are often at a loss about how best to support an individual with autism because they are overwhelmed by 'behaviors,' inundated with prognoses and clinical jargon, or confused by technical information. This book introduces autism from a non-clinical, humanistic perspective emphasizing that we are all more alike than different. The author deconstructs the fundamental components of autism using language, examples and anecdotes that are concrete and understandable for all. Reinforced for the reader is the importance of listening carefully to what people are telling us about valuing differences, personal passions, communication, and holistic wellness. Group brainstorming exercise activities are included.

Stillman, William
It is currently estimated that 1 in 150 kids are affected by autism-and that number is increasing at an alarming rate. In a time when parents are overwhelmed with confusing, and often conflicting, information, The Autism Answer Book provides them clear and confident counsel by providing straightforward answers to their most pressing questions. The Autism Answer Book covers such topics as getting a diagnosis, social sensitivities, physical well-being, mental health, and school success. Written in an easy-to-read Q&A format, The Autism Answer Book helps parents understand and accept their child and develop a plan for success.

Stillman, William
Autism impacts one out of every 166 children--ten times higher than just ten years ago. Despite the international scrambling of scientists to provide an explanation, there remains no single known cause for the rise in autism. Autism and the God Connection views autism through a spiritual prism, unlocking its hidden meaning. Through countless interviews William Stillman documents extraordinary examples of spiritual giftedness. Autism and the God Connection boldly challenges our traditionally held beliefs about people with disabilities. Readers looking for hope, inspiration and a deeper understanding of their loved ones will appreciate the affirming anecdotes of ordinary families.

Stillman, William
More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes, and cancer...combined. In Autism and the God Connection, William Stillman presented extraordinary accounts of spiritual giftedness in autistic children and adults, persons often deemed intellectually inferior. Now, in The Soul of Autism, Stillman shows: * Why the unaccountable and dramatic rise in autism--with no single known cause--is a necessary part of our spiritual evolution. * The secret component that makes autistic telepathy possible for us all, and how we can learn to use it. * How certain autistics communicate with animals and how what the animals are saying is pertinent to the rest of us. * How anyone can tap into the multi-sensory giftedness possessed by many autistic children and adults. We have much to learn from our autistic friends about transcendence rising, a new humanity accessible for all. The Soul of Autism illuminates the way.

Stone, Florica
In this inspiring, much-needed practical guide she presents ways of creating autistic-friendly environments, modifying habitual or traditional responses to autistic behaviour, using forms of literal learning, and provides many useful examples and exercises. This book will help parents, teachers and professionals to learn how to interact positively with autistic children and bring about long-lasting changes.

Stone, Wendy
Does My Child Have Autism? is a question so many parents are asking themselves today. Is he avoiding eye contact? Why can't she talk? Is my child's development normal or does he have an Autism Spectrum Disorder? Parents know that if their child is somewhere on that spectrum, they need to intervene as early as possible to maximize the benefits of early intervention. This groundbreaking book, by one of the foremost experts, teachers, and clinicians in the field, provides a guide for parents about what to look for at home at twenty-four months or even earlier, what to do, and how to get the right kind of help from doctors, counselors, therapists, and other professionals.

Szatmari, Peter
Why would a child refuse to talk about anything but wasp wings-or the color of subway train doors? What does it mean when a nine-year-old asks questions about death hundreds of times a day? And how can parents build a close relationship with a little girl who hates to be touched? In this compassionate book, leading autism authority Dr. Peter Szatmari shows that children with autism spectrum disorders act the way they do because they think in vastly different ways than other people. Dr. Szatmari shares the compelling stories of children he has treated who hear everyday conversation like a foreign language or experience hugs like the clamp of a vise. Understanding this unusual inner world-and appreciating the unique strengths that thinking differently can bestow-will help parents relate to their children more meaningfully, and make the 'outer world' a less scary place.

Teitelbaum, Osnat
Does Your Baby Have Autism? first provides general information about the history of autism, followed by a discussion of The Ladder of Motor Development. Each of four chapters then examines one motor milestone--righting, sitting, crawling, or walking--contrasting typical development with atypical development so that it s easy to recognize unusual patterns of movement. Also included is a unique thirty-second Tilt Test--easy to perform at home--which helps reveal a balance problem characteristic of children with autism. Finally, parents are guided in finding professional help for a child whose motor skills may indicate a problem. There is a way to detect signs of autism early in a child s life, when therapy can do the most good. Does Your Baby Have Autism? holds the key to a brighter future for children and their families.

Thompson, Travis
This book, by a researcher who has been at the forefront of autism for a number of years, will draw together the theoretical and practical sides of the disorder, and will discuss, in plain and simple terms, the importance of diagnosis, intervention, and treatment.

Thompson, Travis
This new autism book for parents provides a unique voice and presents information in a smart and accessible manner for parents. Line drawings (from photos), case studies, and numerous examples help make this book easy to read for anyone-and it will pair well with Making Sense of Autism.

Tilton, Adelle Jameson
Author Adelle Jameson, the mother of an autistic child and an active participant in the autism community, speaks directly to parents and explains exactly what they can expect after diagnosis, the range of treatments and therapies available, and where to go for advice, both medical and emotional. The Everything Parent's Guide to Children with Autism shows parents how to communicate effectively with their child; deal with meltdowns, public or private; keep their family together as one unit; find a school that suits their child's needs; integration vs. special education; learn about assistive devices, such as computers and picture boards. From finding support groups to planning for their child's future, The Everything® Parent's Guide to Children with Autism provides parents with all the information they need to ensure that their child's and their families' needs are met.

Trevarthen, Colwyn; Aitken, Kenneth J.; Papoudi, Despina; Robarts, Jacqueline
A complete study of autism, grounded in the most recent developmental research data and intervention trials, presenting a lucid picture of what it means to be autistic and what can be done to help children's capabilities. The four co-authors consider historical descriptions of the disorder, symptoms, causes, diagnostic systems, and new findings in brain development research. They also examine the most current methods used to communicate with autistic children, and strategies which enable them to communicate back utilizing music therapy, psychoanalysis, and education. Distributed by Taylor and Francis. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Turkington, Carol
Offers more than three hundred alphabetically arranged entries addressing such topics as atypical autism, behavioral treatments, early intervention programs, and sensory sensitivity.

Vermeulen, Peter
To understand the ways people with autism think, Peter Vermeulen argues, we need to try to get inside their world. The latest scientific thinking is clearly explained, and illustrated by numerous personal accounts. This introductory book offers the reader a real window into the autistic mind and the very individual way in which it processes information. Honest and accessible, this book will be invaluable to anyone involved in the care of an autistic child.

Vicker, Beverley
Leaving their child with a paid respite care worker, friend, neighbor, or even an extended family member, represents a potentially stressful situation for parents of children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Many parents generally feel guilty about leaving their child, but the unique needs of children with ASD make it all the more difficult, as special provisions must be made to ensure they are well taken care of in the parents absence. Sharing Information About Your Child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder--What Do Respite or Alternative Caregivers Need to Know? has the answers for situations like this. This invaluable resource will help parents decide what information to share with substitute caregivers and how best to organize it so as to make it easy to use and locate when needed. Such careful planning helps ensure that the child receives quality care, whether for a long or a short term. Sharing Information About Your Child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder--What Do Respite or Alternative Caregivers Need to Know? provides the tools for respite workers to safely and reliably address your child s needs during your absence. Specific sections include blank forms to be completed, with lots of examples, generic information about the characteristics of ASD ready to share, and much more. A complimentary CD allow for complete individualization of all pertinent information. The payoff for parents is that they will be able leave home with greater peace of mind.

Volkmar, Fred
Featuring contributions from leading authorities in the clinical and social sciences, this thoroughly revised and updated new edition reflects the most recent progress in the understanding of autism and related conditions, and offers an international perspective on the present state of the discipline. Chapters cover current approaches to definition and diagnosis; prevalence and planning for service delivery; cognitive, genetic, and neurobiological features; and pathophysiological mechanisms. There is a new chapter covering communication issues. Interventions reviewed include the pharmacological, behavioral, and educational, and a thoughtful final chapter addresses the nature of the fundamental social disturbance that characterizes autism.

Volkmar, Fred; Wiesner, Lisa
Although children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be as healthy as other children, keeping them that way can be a challenge. Routine doctor visits, for instance, can be especially trying for children with ASDs due to sensory sensitivities or communication difficulties. Issues such as sleep problems, unusual eating habits, and impulsive or aggressive behaviors can also threaten their health. Volkmar of the Yale University Child Study Center, and Wiesner, a pediatrician, experts in the field of autism, offer parents accessible and authoritative information for dealing with these challenges and understanding what's most important to their child's medical, nutritional, and behavioral well-being.

Waltz, Mitzi
Autism is a baffling condition. This second edition includes all the basic information needed by parents of a child who has been diagnosed with an autistic spectrum disorder, adults who want to gain more insight and self-help skills, and professionals working with individuals on the autistic spectrum. Covers medical overviews, recent research, diagnosis, treatment, insurance, school, family issues, money and management ideas, building a support system, and an inside look at life on the autistic spectrum. Author Mitzi Waltz, an advocate for adults and children with neurological disorders, has included the stories of dozens of families living with autistic spectrum disorders.

Waltz, Mitzi
Pervasive developmental disorders (PDDs) include autism and a range of other neurological disorders. While at least 250,000 Americans have been diagnosed with PDD-NOS, one-third of whom are children, twice as many may remain undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. Parents of a young child with undiagnosed PDD may suspect any number of things, from autism to severe allergies. Pervasive Developmental Disorders: Diagnosis, Options, and Answers is for parents (or newly diagnosed adults) who struggle with this neurological condition. Medications, therapies, and educational techniques can address symptoms and improve the lives of people with PDD. In some cases, the results can be spectacular. Weaving in a range of stories from parents who are raising children with PDDs, author Mitzi Waltz covers topics such as: getting a diagnosis, including preparing for a diagnostic interview in a medical, psychiatric, or school setting, with descriptions of all diagnostic tests and checklists/questions used by professionals; treatment options such as: medications and supplements; sensory integration; occupational, physical, and speech therapy; behavior modification; 'floor time' play and talk therapy; and parenting techniques; coping with diagnosis and treatment, including emotions and support systems, insurance, and educational plans

Waterhouse, Stella
In this fresh and positive book, Stella Waterhouse investigates how people with autism perceive the world, and discusses the symptoms, behaviours and possible causes of this condition. In addition to examining the relation of autism to hyperactivity, Attention Deficit Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Tourette Syndrome, she also considers the impact of anxiety and the pros and cons of some of the current treatments including secretin, diet, tinted lenses and Auditory Integration Training. Her approach emphasises the importance of taking into account the views of people with autism and their families. This is a practical and sympathetic book, which will be of interest to professionals and non-professionals alike.

Whitman, Tom
Tom Whitman proposes a new 'developmental theory of autism' that focuses on the diversity of characteristics within individuals labelled as autistic, and how these symptoms develop over time. This is reconciled and integrated with contemporary theories of autism, including the social developmental, cognitive, linguistic, sensorimotor and biological perspectives. Whitman draws from extensive clinical experience to examine common biomedical and educational interventions and presents recommendations both for practical approaches to the everyday challenges of autism, and for future research. This comprehensive book is essential reading for parents, students, therapists, researchers and policymakers eager to improve or update their understanding of autism.

Williams, Chris; Wright, Barry; Young, Olive
This accessible and valuable introduction to caring for a child with autism is an ideal resource for teachers and members of a child with autism's immediate and extended family. In clear and simple language, with many illustrations, the authors tackle commons problems experienced in everyday routines such as eating, sleeping and going to the toilet, as well as how to cope with aggression and tantrums, preoccupations and compulsions and how to enable better communication and socialising. Step-by-step, the authors consider why each problem may be happening and suggest a number of ways solutions.

Williams, Donna
The Jumbled Jigsaw exposes autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) not as single entities but as a combination of a whole range of often untreated, sometimes easily treatable, underlying conditions. Exploring everything from mood, anxiety, obsessive–compulsive and tic disorders to information processing and sensory perceptual difficulties, including dependency issues, identity problems and much more, Donna demonstrates how a number of such conditions can combine to form a 'cluster condition' and underpin the label 'autism spectrum disorder'. Donna Williams encourages and empowers families to look at what they can do to change their child's environment to address anxiety, overload and other issues. She also gives carers the necessary information to navigate the booming autism marketplace and demand the right tools for the job. The author also challenges professionals to adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to identifying and treating the cluster conditions that make up an autism spectrum diagnosis, and to improve service delivery to those in need. The Jumbled Jigsaw is a call to modern society to take responsibility and accept diversity. It is written in a very human and user-friendly way for parents and for Auties and Aspies themselves, but it is also aimed at carers, professionals, policy-makers and service providers.

Williams, Donna
Donna William's challenging new book, written by an autistic person for people with autism and related disorders, carers, and the professionals who work with them, is a practical handbook to understanding, living with and working with autism. Exploring autism from the inside, it shows clearly how the behaviours associated with autism can have a range of different causes, and in many cases reflect the autistic person's attempt to gain control over their internal world. The sensory and perceptual problems that challenge a person with autism are described in depth, together with strategies for tackling them so as to enable that person to take more control of their lives. Donna Williams comments on the various approaches to autism, drawing out those strategies that are of real use, and explaining why some approaches may prove counterproductive, leaving the autistic person feeling even more isolated and misunderstood. Taking the view that understanding autism is the key to managing the condition, Donna William's book will bring illumination to all those who have felt baffled and frustrated by the outside appearance of autism. It contains a wealth of helpful suggestions, insights and new ideas, exploding old myths and promoting a view that all those involved with autism will find empowering and creative.

Wing, Lorna
Challenged but not helpless, children with autism can learn to cope better once their specific disorder is properly understood. The Autistic Spectrum uses the latest developments in the field to show parents how to understand their child and teach basic skills, improve communication, develop potential abilities, and expand social interaction skills.·Sensitive and practical advice from a leading medical authority who is also the parent of an autistic child.

Wing, Lorna
Although the underlying causes of early childhood autism are still unknown, recent years have seen much progress made in developing ways of helping autistic children to learn and practice social skills. Now this invaluable guide for parents, educators and physicians shows how an autistic child views his fantasy world and explains his difficulties in perceiving and understanding events around him. Dr. Wing reviews the behavioral and emotional problems which must be expected, and how these may be handled. Dr. Wing also discusses the particular stresses on the autistic child's family, services that can help, the role of parents' organizations, and the outlook for the future. The basic aim of this book is the careful progressive development of the autistic child toward integration in society through individual growth.

Wiseman, Nancy
When parents learn that their child is diagnosed with autism, the news can be paralyzing. Wiseman has navigated this maze for over a decade and has counseled thousands of parents worldwide. She knows firsthand how difficult it can be to unravel complex issues quickly, find the right treatments, and get answers.The First Year®: Autism Spectrum Disorders walks parents through multiple diagnoses, including Asperger Syndrome, PDD-NOS, and autistic disorder. From navigating the healthcare, insurance, and educational systems to choosing therapies, Wiseman helps parents reach the best possible outcome for their family.

Wiseman, Nancy
The book explains the steps parents can take to confirm or rule out a developmental delay or disorder. It details various diagnoses and show how sometimes multiple diagnoses may apply. But even more valuable is the information on how to design and implement the best intervention plan based on a child's unique developmental profile. Different treatments and therapies are outlined so parents can explore and understand what may work best for their child, based on his or her particular strengths and weaknesses.

Wolff, Sula
Loners describes a unique group of solitary children who were unable to adapt to the social and educational demands of school life. Wolff discusses the nature and origins of their difficulties and compares them with autism, Asperger's syndrome and schizoid/schizotypal personality disorders. Wolff illustrates her study with case histories of children and adults over a twenty year period, as well as with discusssions of the apparent eccentricities of some exceptional people who catch the public eye. The book shows the necessity of the clinical recognition of the syndrome.

Woodward, Bob; Hogenboom, Marga
A consideration of autism according to Anthroposophical principles.

Yapko, Diane
Readers seeking information about autism spectrum disorders often find it very difficult to find straightforward answers to their questions. In response to this, Diane Yapko has produced this practical resource in an easy to read question and answer format so readers can go directly to the questions that interest them. There is no need to sift through complex scientific literature or confusing professional jargon and readers can refer back to the text again and again as their needs dictate. Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders will prove an essential reference for parents, teachers and professionals working with individuals on the autism spectrum.

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