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“Parents and teachers seeking innovative ways to assist children with autism will find this a very useful resource.” (Library Journal)

About the Author

Ken Siri is a freelance writer living in New York City and is the parent of a boy with autism. He is the author of 1,001 Tips for the Parents of Autistic Boys and co-author of Cutting-Edge Therapies for Autism.

Tony Lyons is the president and publisher of Skyhorse Publishing.  He is the author of The Little Red Book of Dad's Wisdom and Cutting-Edge Therapies for Autism.

Dr. Mark Freilich is the founder and medical director of TOTAL KIDS Developmental Pediatric Resources, which provides a holistic and integrated approach to the evaluation and management of children with developmental and learning differences.

Teri Arranga

is the executive director of AutismOne and has served as the editor-in-chief of Autism Science Digest. Teri has also been an annual contributor to Skyhorse Publishing’s Cutting-Edge Therapies for Autism. She is a radio host and serves as the vice president of the Global Autism Collaboration. Teri lives in Fullerton, California.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616080256
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616080259
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,476,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ken Siri, author, advocate, and entrepreneur, is the single father of a 16-year-old boy with autism in New York City. Ken spent 15 years on Wall Street as a healthcare analyst and is the Founder and Chairman of Consilium Global Research, a Wall Street advisory firm that helps under-followed companies achieve recognition in the investment community. The author of Cutting-Edge Therapies for Autism (now in its fourth edition) and Tips for the Parents of Boys with Autism, Ken blogs for Psychology Today and is a passionate voice within the autism community speaking at autism related conferences and has been interviewed on local and nationally syndicated radio, print, and television. Ken is a board member of the Atlas Foundation for Autism and the National Autism Association NY Metro Chapter where he serves as Chair of the Programming Committee. He is also the subject of the documentary film Big Daddy Autism, currently in production.

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Thank you!!! There is so much information out there about autism (and sadly, still so much we still don't know) that this compendium is an absolute gift from Heaven. I am one year in from my daughter's diagnosis of autism. She is now 4 years old and we are very much in the thick of things regarding treatment options and therapies. This book has been great about including just about every methodological treatment and approach (that is, both biomedical and traditional therapies) used to treat Autism Spectrum Disorders today. They talk about ABA therapy, special diets like gluten-free casein-free diets, floortime, aquatic therapy, chelation, Son-Rise, occupational therapy, marijuana, parasites, physical therapy, and much more. (Can you tell that this really runs the gamut of possibilities?)

The authors cut through autism politics by allowing practitioners of these therapies to present their approach in their own words. The book is arranged with each treatment having a single essay/article ranging anywhere from 2 to 8 pages compiled in alphabetical order. This may be unhelpful to some parents first investigating autism treatments simply because there is no overall voice telling them which treatments are more effective, widespread, researched, or recommended. There is also no voice to counter any one of these treatments by describing any dangers or adverse effects, relying on the contributors to critique their own approaches. Clearly, there can be a downside to this. But I believe that Siri and Lyons calculated that it was more important to avoid the controversies and politics so common in autism circles which can sink any autism treatment book from the beginning.
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I am very familiar with ASD biomedical therapies and I admit that I have only spent an hour or so browsing through this book so far. I agree that this book is a great place to start for Parents, Therapists, Teachers, and Practitioners who are new to Autism Spectrum Disorders and biomedical therapies. This book appears to be largely a collection of professional articles, well-referenced and with recommended readings, but some of these articles are also available on the Internet. The content covers some truly ground-breaking therapies -- I was impressed that Respen-A was included (our son has experienced significant success with this therapy) -- but also behavioral therapies such as ABA that have been around for YEARS. I would have liked to have seen references to Bal-A-Vis-X, Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET), and Auditory therapies. Perhaps they are mentioned in the book and I have not yet discovered them; a major disadvantage to this book is that it ** does not contain an index **!!! The book is arranged alphabetically by therapy, so unless you have a specific therapy in mind, or have time to read this 511 page book cover-to-cover, you may miss some information you are seeking. About me: I am a former Librarian and mother of a 6-year-old son recovering from Autism and ADHD.
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I rarely give a 5 star review. Here's why CETFA gets one. The book has almost every therapy you can think of, from anti-epileptic meds to behavioral therapies like ABA and RDI and then covers the vast array of so called "alternative" treatments that are really working for so many kids. It doesn't show any bias toward one or the other. If you're a parent of a newly diagnosed child, this book can help you decide which route to take - straight traditional with meds and therapy or the addition of much more from the biomed side of treatment. My disclosure is that I am publishing a book with Skyhorse myself and I am on the cover of this book. But I only agreed to be on the cover because I feel strongly that this book is a must for parents of young kids just diagnosed through old timers (like me) who need to revamp their treatment options for their child. I'd buy a copy for the pediatrician, neurologist and school team too.

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In this book, there is a chapter titled "Stem Cell Therapy" authored by "Dr." Frank Morales. Well, tonight I watched an expose' on "60 Minutes" titled "21st Century Snake Oil". And that expose' was a "Gotcha!" segment, wherein "Dr." Morales was exposed as being not a "doctor" at all: his medical degree from Texas Tech was fake, and his "stem cell" clinic was a fraud. So, I recommend you take a permanent marker and write "CROOK!" across the biography of "Dr." Morales, on page 369.

Now, in fairness to those who espouse other non-traditional treatments, the "60 Minutes" reporter used the phrase "unproven." I'm not a fan of the word "unproven" to describe non-traditional treatments, because to many, it sounds the same as "disproven" or "false" - when such is not the case. To consider a treatment to be "proven", it must pass multiple rigorous double-blind, placebo controlled, cross-over studies. Such studies cost millions of dollars. But, because there is no profit to be made from treatments such as vitamin therapies, the studies to prove their effectiveness will never be done. That does not mean, however, that such treatments are ineffective. It only means that such treatments have not been proven to the degree necessary to satisfy the scientific community. Because such treatments will never be subjected to such studies, they will always remain "unproven", though to thousands, the proof is in the results that have been achieved in their children.

When considering whether to do treatments such as stem cell therapy vs. vitamin therapy, we need to always consider one important question: who stands to benefit financially from this treatment? In the case of stem cell therapy, "Dr." Frank Morales was charging $125,000 per treatment.
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