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The Complete Guide to Autism Treatments. A Parent's Handbook: Make Sure Your Child Gets What Works! [Kindle Edition]

Dr. Sabrina Freeman , Dr. Richard Foxx
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Book Description

As a parent of a child with autism and a well-respected social scientist, Dr. Freeman assesses autism treatments in the most personal and educated way possible. With over thirty major and minor treatments available, choosing one that will work for your child is confusing and overwhelming. Freeman's carefully researched and detailed guide will help you ensure that your child does not suffer from fruitless remedies. In easy-to-understand language, she provides the evaluative tools necessary to choose the best science-based treatment.

Freeman's extensive research is thorough, well organized and includes an exhaustive literature review in the 53 page bibliography. She truly understands the science behind each treatment, and her intelligent reviews testify to the depth of her scholarship. Freeman's wide breadth of knowledge, personal experience, and brutally honest writing makes this title the best autism reference book for both parents and professionals.

"When speaking as a parent, her commitment to science is unwavering and, appropriately so; she is unapologetic in honestly sharing her perspectives as an informed mother." Dr. David Celiberti, Ph.D., BCBA-D

"The book is a must read for any parent who has a child with autism, because within its pages lies the unvarnished truth regarding what works and doesn't work and how to make the distinction." Dr. Richard Foxx, Ph.D. BCBA-D

About the Author...

Sabrina Freeman, Ph.D., received her doctorate from Stanford University in 1995. Dr. Freeman, a social scientist and author of the popular books, Teach Me Language and Science for Sale in the Autism Wars, has been a dedicated advocate for the rights of children with autism since 1996. In 2002, she was awarded Queen Elizabeth's 50th Golden Jubilee Medal for advocacy work done on behalf of children afflicted with autism.

This book answers questions and concerns voiced a thousand times by parents about various treatments and provides scientific evidence that compares all the treatment options available for autism today. This book will help you find the best treatment for your child!

Editorial Reviews


Dr. Freeman is a prolific writer who has published numerous works related to autism and its treatment.  The Complete Guide to Autism Treatments may indeed be her most important contribution.   --David Celiberti, Ph.D., BCBA President, A.S.A.T.

This book is a must read for any parent who has a child with autism, because within its pages lies the unvarnished truth regarding what works and doesn't work and how to make the distinction.  --Dr. Richard Foxx, Ph.D., The Behavior Analyst

This book is the recipient of the Eric Hoffer Award. --Eric Hoffer Award

From the Author

The Complete Guide to Autism Treatments was inspired by parents of children afflicted with autism. I have spoken to thousands of parents about various treatments and answered the same questions over and over again. Many times I gave tutorials to individual parents. I soon realized that parents need a clear way to understand how science works so they can make appropriate treatment decisions for their children.

In addition, professionals and paraprofessionals need to have a better understanding of the scientific method so they do not inadvertently recommend a treatment with no science behind it to the parents of the children they work with. It is crucial that professionals remember that they hold considerable status and legitimacy in the eyes of parents, and with that legitimacy comes responsibility -- a responsibility to not inadvertently send parents down the road of quackery in autism treatments.

Currently, many parents find it difficult to evaluate autism treatments for their child. They are forced to rely upon experts who may or may not know enough about the science to provide accurate information. Therefore, in a sense, parents need to become experts themselves. Fortunately, the scientific method is not difficult to understand. It simply needs to be laid out in a form that is understandable. All parents, professionals and paraprofessionals alike need to know how to make informed choices about which therapies to use to treat the child's autism. After reading this book, my sincere hope is that everyone will be able to evaluate the next, new purported treatment or cure that comes along. It is very important to be able to ask the right questions and to find the flaws in the science behind the purported treatment, or to find the evidence that, in fact, the treatment is effective. At a minimum, understanding the scientific method will protect thousands of children from quackery and, hopefully, provide parents and professionals with the tools to find treatments that are effective for autism.

Product Details

  • File Size: 868 KB
  • Print Length: 525 pages
  • Publisher: SKF Books, Inc.; Second Edition edition (March 16, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TH26CK
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By JSMom
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the one book parents of a child with autism need to read FIRST! It gives you the no nonsense facts about treatments and the science behind them. Parents need the knowledge contained in this book so THEY can be armed with the facts and then can make the decisions for treatments for their child. This isn't a book about doing something that makes the author more money or done to increase her ego....this book is written/researched out of the passion of a mother with a child with autism - who only wants to arm parents with the understanding of science that NEEDS to be behind treatments for our kids and to give YOU the parent the power to decide which treatment that should be - not the Dr. -not the School - not your next door neighbour who heard about it on the news - YOU. Buy this book for yourself - or anyone you know who has a child with autism. You will not be disappointed - it may just change their future.

This book should also be required reading for all special ed teachers/for all child psychologists and those who work in the field of autism. If these professionals would understand the NEED for science based treatment for this population - what changes we would see.

Buy this book - give yourself the power to make an informed decision - you deserve that - your child deserves nothing less than that.
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I was in the middle of writing a book that detailed the various Autism therapy options out there when I discovered this gem. Freeman's writing is extremely detailed, very fact and science based, and a powerful springboard to help you sort out good therapies from the completely wacko and everything in between. As a result, I have significantly modified my own writing plans and am instead strongly recommending that folks buy and use this book when evaluating therapies. My book would not have been this good, and this should be one of the books every new parent gets. Period.

If I had to list one difference between her philosophy and mine regarding treatment, it is in our willingness to place low-risk, low-cost, but potentially high-value bets on therapies that might not yet have enough double-blind scientific research for her to recommend, even for those whose ideologies may be built on well-established science. For example, the Social-Emotional field of therapies, like RDI for example, are still in their relative infancy compared to ABA, and thus there's not enough double-blind research out there to justify, in Freeman's words, "experimenting" on a child with it - even though she readily admits to appreciating the theory behind it. On the other hand, I look at RDI and the field of Dynamic Intelligence in general as really nothing more than an extension of well-established Developmental and Speech/Language therapies, programmaticly structured for a person with autism. ABA, at one time, was an unproven extension of Behavioral therapy as well, and while I might have participated in the early Lovaas studies with my child had he been born decades ago, following her line of thinking, Freeman would not have until the science had been well established.
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When parents first learn of their child's diagnosis of autism they usually don't know where to turn first. There are so many fad treatments and things that just don't work. This book provides a good analysis of all the treatments that a parent might be presented with and the evidence (or lack of) supporting them.
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More About the Author

Sabrina Freeman (1958-) was born in Montreal, Quebec, and grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia. She graduated from Stanford University in 1995 with a Ph.D. in Sociology, specializing in small group research and the study of organizations. Upon her return to British Columbia, Freeman spent 14 years advocating for the rights of children with autism to be included in the government funded health care system for their core health need -- autism treatment. During this period, so many parents were desperate to access treatment programs that Freeman created a 35 minute VHS/DVD [Autism: Now What Do I Do?] to help guide parents through setting up science-based treatment programs for their children. In 2002, she was awarded Queen Elizabeth's 50th Golden Jubilee Medal for advocacy work done on behalf of children afflicted with autism. Freeman's advocacy culminated in the now famous Supreme Court of Canada ruling Auton (Guardian ad litem of) v. British Columbia in 2004.

During these 15 years, Dr. Freeman wrote several books on autism, one of which [Teach Me Language] has been subsequently translated into French, Italian and Norwegian. The next book she wrote, [Science for Sale in the Autism Wars], chronicles the struggle children with autism face against a system that does not recognize their rights to treatment. Her most recent book [The Complete Guide to Autism Treatment (2011)] is an up-to-date evaluation on the various treatments offered for children with autism. Her hope is that through her scholarship, thousands of parents will not have to go through the uncertain journey of generations of parents of newly diagnosed children. Instead, parents can quickly evaluate various treatments and make sure that their child receives science-based treatment rather than treatments based on testimonials and good wishes.


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