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Fred Volkmar is the Irving B. Harris Professor Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Psychology at the Child Study Center, Yale University.
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  • Paperback: 243 pages
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee (March 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039953394X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399533945
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,119,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Unfortunately, I read this book well after my son's own early intervention. But I read it anyway to give myself a boost. The brain is still "plastic" in childhood, so yes early intervention is best, but you have to keep at it as children continue to learn well past the magic age of 5.

I did most of what she did ages 2-6, yet my son has not recovered. He is now 9 years old..and of course, I'm still doing all she recommends and more.... but not with the same "miracle" results she got with Leo... What is frustrating is that I too (like every mother who gets the devastating autism diagnosis) love my son just as fiercely and I too did everytning possible for him, read every book, hired umpteen therapists (at great expense), and trained college kids (at far less expense). But rather than run ourselves into bankruptcy , we borrowed money against our house for his ABA. I would happily trade bankruptcy to achieve the results she did with Leo, but it wasn't an either/or. There are no guarantees, her book will give good advice and hope to mothers of the newly diagnosed, but she should NOT let them off the hook in pursuing diet and other biomedical interventions, although she devotes very little ink to those resources.

And yes, to the reviewer who mentioned siblings, siblings play SUCH an important role in helping to recruit playdates and engage the child with autism..but they too need special attention and my husband and I were careful to give her extra attention, including my husband coaching her sports teams. It is exhausting to try to give both your children what they need when you're all facing autism and the marriage suffers, but as she notes, who has the $$ or energy for marriage counseling?
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ITs good to know & learn from the Autism spectrum and how to actully treat the symptoms this is helping me a lot
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I can give this book one star because she does give good information about the different ABA therapies out there, but she doesn't give anymore than you can find on a quick search of Google. As a parent of a typical child and one with ASD I understand her personal story, the love, stress, denial, but honestly it is the most negative story I have ever heard. Thankfully for her family she was able to file bankruptcy and keep her big house and cars (those are her words) and never had to pay back tuition since the schools didn't chase her to court (again her words). I would strongly urge parents to choose any book besides this one, we are already fighting a hard battle, you don't need to read this condescending book.
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