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Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a group of biologically based neurodevelopmental disorders that affect children's behavior and social and communication skills. Public awareness of autism and Asperger syndrome, two ASDs, has led to an increase in diagnoses, with approximately 1% of American children exhibiting symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Despite all the interest and attention, it is still difficult to determine whether a child has an ASD, since the conditions are complex and vary widely, and that is precisely why a parent with questions and concerns needs a reliable, authoritative resource. Edited by Rosenblatt and Carbone, two autism specialists, one of whom has a child with autism, and with contributions from nine physicians and eleven parents, this book provides up-to-date information and much compassion as it leads parents through the process of understanding ASDs and their possible causes; how to recognize symptoms; different behavioral and developmental treatments; the role of medication and alternative/complementary medicine; forming a partnership with the pediatrician; finding community support and care; and how to become a child's advocate and why one needs to. This book will help parents and their children learn about and face the challenges of living with autism-related conditions. While less personal than Lynn Kern Koegel's and Claire LaZebnik's Overcoming Austism and Growing Up on the Spectrum, this volume presents vital facts and figures and an excellent overview of ASDs, an ideal introductory handbook for parents, educators, and caregivers. (Oct.)

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"Covers a wide range of topics in a straight forward, common sense manner, such as diagnosis, different behavioral therapies, family stress issues, and lots of other vital information. Essential reading for parents of young children with autism." —Temple Grandin, author, Thinking in Pictures and The Way I See It


"Outstanding book and a tremendous resource for parents of autistic children. It is also a must-read for anyone else working to help children with autism reach their full potential." —Richard Besser, MD, FAAP, chief health and medical editor for ABC News


"Parents looking for a resource after an autism diagnosis will pull Autism Spectrum Disorders, What Every Parent Needs to Know off the shelf with great frequency. The AAP and Drs, Carbone and Rosenblatt cover complex issues in an accessible manner." —Patricia Wright, PhD, MPH, executive director of autism services for Easter Seals


"Instead of reading like a book, going through the pages of ASD: What Every Parent Needs to Know is more like having a casual conversation in your living room with an ASD wisdom person (or guru?)." —Chris Plauche, MD, FAAP, medical director of the Community Autism Network


"An essential guide for parents of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). As a Mom of a teenager with ASD, I wish a resource like this was available when my son was diagnosed in 2000."  —Sandy Tiahart, HRSA grant representative for the Autism Program of Illinois
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Product Details

  • Series: What Every Parent Needs to Know
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: American Academy of Pediatrics; 1 edition (September 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581106513
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581106510
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We are grandparents of a child who is ASD. I wanted to read the book because I needed to know how to deal with her issues when we are together and the book has been priceless. Though there are a lot of examples of children who are exhibiting one thing or another, it also is very helpful in giving directions about differing plans of action. Of course, that isn't my decision but nevertheless is really good to know about.
Oops! You also will find yourself identifying those characteristics in adults. :)
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This book was recommended directly in the 11-page diagnosis we received for our son when first diagnosed with Autism. It's comprehensive and presents stories from real cases that helps us to relate to what's written. It's written so anyone can understand it but I find it difficult to go through merely because of the emotions that it invokes as I read it. Because of this, I'm slowly getting through it. Because of this, I actually ended up buying both the book and the Kindle version because with the Kindle version it's always with me and I can nibble at the content wherever I am.
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Thank you very much for this tremendous, and much needed resource. As a parent of a child on the Autism spectrum I know how hungry for information I was when my child was first identified as at risk. It is difficult to determine a good approach when there is so much information available, and the stakes feel so very high. Dr. Rosenblatt has been my child's doctor for the last 9 years. He has helped me make choices based upon evidence based research. I now work with many families with children like mine, and I am delighted to have this insightful and informative guide to recommend.
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Highly recommend to any parent or family member of an autistic loved one. Well written, easy to understand, and such a wide variety of topics covered!
-sister of two autistic brothers
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This book helps me to give the right advice to parents. I have been seeing more and more children with autism in my practice, and this is just the right book for pediatricians & parents.
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This is THE best book I've read so far! Not overly technical or medical, extremely thorough and a fantastic resource for a parent just beginning autism research. Excellent!
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The guide is very readable for the lay person. It is very up-to-date and has deepened my understanding of ASD.
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This book really helped me. I refer to this book alot. I have highlighted and notes.
If your child has autism this book is for you.
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