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'Writing mainly for parents, the authors provide realistic and practical information, richly brought to life by the stories of families in which even the simplest of events (such as going shopping or cutting hair) is frighteningly complex. The theme that runs through this survey of play, language and social reciprocity is that autistic individuals have a unique world view. No form of intervention, no matter how intensively pursued, can or should change this altered perspective. Sensibly, these authors put parents at the helm of decision-making, and they describe a wide range of educational opportunities that can enable autistic individuals to function more effectively in the family, at school or at work, including techniques based on behaviour modification. It explains components of programmes such as the picture exchange communication system (PECS), applied behavioural analysis (ABA) and TEACCH. "Different methods work for different children," they write, displaying a pragmatism that is the real strength of this excellent guide.' -- Times Educational Supplement

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Practical introduction for parents explaining what it means for a child to be diagnosed with PDD, autism or Asperger Syndrome
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Pub; 1 edition (April 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853028762
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853028762
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #848,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By S. Basile on January 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
Full disclosure: my nephew's "story" is in this book, as told by my brother-in-law. When my sister gave me this book I was moved to tears as I read it, because she wants all of us who know and love her son "Robby" to understand his Asperger's Syndrome, and its treatments.
AS is a perplexing syndrome, and the spectrum of PDDs is confusing and multi-focal. For parents, families and friends, this book is a wonderful starting point. The book lays it out in easy-to-digest chunks, most useful for anyone seeking to understand the PDD continuum and its manifestations in children and young adults.
It is clear, concise and (except for the parents' stories) unemotional. It will help anyone affected by a PDD to understand the background, the symptoms, the diagnosis and possible intervention techniques. I am delighted that Ms. Malone and Dr. Quinn are part of my nephew's diagnostic team, and that they have produced this excellent book. And I'm glad my sister & brother-in-law have shared it with our family. Without communication, there can be no understanding.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 6, 2004
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This book explains PDD-NOS and the other autism spectrum disorders in clear, concise language. I recommend it to anyone going down this road, particularly PDD-NOS parents or those whose toddlers aren't hitting their dev. milestones.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 27, 2001
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Barbara Quinn and Anthony Malone really wrote a book for the average parent to understand. The book is not bogged down with medical terms that are difficult to comprehend but rather uses terms an average parent can understand. Thank you so much for helping parents help their special needs child.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kristine on January 20, 2009
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My 2 1/2 year old son was recently diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, NOS, so I wanted to get a book that would help me explain it to friends & relatives. I read this book in an hour or so. It is laid out very nicely and full of really good information that explains PDD thoroughly. The book is very interesting and there are lots of examples to help you understand how each child with PDD or Autism is different from one another.

When I have told people that PDD is a form of autism--most people respond by saying "well he doesn't do such and such, etc. so how could it be autism?" This book is very helpful in explaining the subtle differences that a child can have in each of the following areas: communication, social interaction, repetitive behavior. Now that I understand PDD better, I can explain it to others. I highly recommend this book! It isn't your average cheap book, but it is worth the price.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mommom rae on July 14, 2005
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Excellent book!!! I read this book in one night! It was so easy to read and understand pervasive developmental disorder. I would recommend this book to those who have a loved one recently diagnosed. The autism spectrum is wide. It gave great detail on both ends of the spectrum. Lots of information. Had a hard time putting this book down. If you need a book about PDD, this is the one to get first.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 2004
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As the parent of a child recently diagnosed with PDD-NOS, this book is fantastic and explains a lot in terms for the everyday person. It's also great for educators and people that are do not have very much experience working with chilren within this spectrum. Our son is also very lucky to be a patient of one of the Doctor's that is in Dr. Malone's practice and he will meet Barbara Quinn this fall.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tara Huhnke on February 9, 2013
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I purchased this book because my son was recently diagnosed with PDD-NOS. This book was very helpful and gave me insight on what to expect from my son. It also answered some questions about why my son does certain things. A must read for any parent or teacher who has a child/student with PDD-NOS
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JFLB on January 21, 2013
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If you have a loved one diagnosed with PDD NOS, this book will help you understand what that diagnosis means. It will give structure to how this is diagnosed and give you an idea to identify the areas of development you will need to focus on in your specific case.
Best of luck.
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