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A Practical Guide to Autism: What Every Parent, Family Member, and Teacher Needs to Know Paperback – August 17, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0470394731 ISBN-10: 0470394730 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 628 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (August 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470394730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470394731
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.1 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I am delighted to recommend this wonderful book by Fred Volkmar and Lisa Wiesner. Both of these talented professional leaders have combined their scientific skills and understanding of the field with great practical experience and ideas about how research can be translated into clinical practice. The result is a book that provides the best and most comprehensive information about recent scientific developments and a splendid practical guide for how they are being implemented and what we are learning in the process. The issues are presented in all of their complexity but translated into language that is clear, direct, and easy to follow." (National Professional Resources, Inc.)

"…these authors bring both comprehensive knowledge and compassion to this invaluable reference. They don't minimize the difficulties, but they offer clear, beautifully organized information - including a helpful Q-and-A section at the end of each chapter - that provides strategies that every parent can use. This is an important book that deserves an honored place in homes, schools, pediatricians' and psychologists' offices, and should make the path smoother for anyone whose life has been touched by autism." (Education Update, September 2009)

"To help parents understand the flood of information about autism, Pediatricians Volkmar and Wiesner present an accessible overview of all aspects of this high-profile disorder." (Book News, September 2009)

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Authoritative answers to everyday questions about living and learning with autism

Filled with useful advice for parents and caregivers of children exhibiting autistic characteristics, A Practical Guide to Autism provides easy-to-access, reliable information regarding the selection of doctors, schools, services, and insurance, as well as day-to-day living in the family, school, and community.

Thorough and insightful, it presents lists of resources, both in print and on the Web—compiled by experts and reviewed by parents—for professionals and parents.

Written by Fred Volkmar, a leading authority on autism in the United States, and Lisa Wiesner, an experienced pediatrician with a special focus on pediatric autism, this timely guide provides reliable, accessible information and presents:

  • Detailed background on autism and related Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), including Asperger syndrome

  • Sound approaches to screening for conditions like autism

  • Helpful summaries such as "The 10 Most Preventable Health Problems" and "Five Questions to Ask Your Doctor at Every Visit"

  • Practical information on complementary and alternative treatments

  • Advice on evaluating school programs and services for children with autism

  • Unique coverage of medical and dental care of children with autism


More About the Author

Fred R. Volkmar, M.D. is Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology and Director of the Yale University Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine. He is also the Chief of Child Psychiatry at Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT. A graduate of the University of Illinois where he received in undergraduate degree in psychology in 1972 and of Stanford University where he received his MD and a master's degree in psychology in 1976 Dr. Volkmar was the primary author of the American Psychiatric Association's DSM-IV autism and pervasive developmental disorders section. He is the author of several hundred scientific papers and chapters as well as a number of books including Asperger's Syndrome (Guilford Press), Health Care for Children on the Autism Spectrum (Woodbine Publiushing), and the Handbook of Autism (Wiley Publishing) with three books forcoming. He has served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and the American Journal of Psychiatry and now serves as Editor of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities. He has served as co-chairperson of the autism/intellectual disabilities committee of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. In addition to having directed the internationally known autism clinic he also served as director of autism research at Yale before becoming chairperson of the Department. Dr. Volkmar has been the principal investigator of three program project grants including a CPEA (Collaborative Program of Excellent in Autism) grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and a STAART (Studies to Advance Autism Research and Treatment) Autism Center Grant from the National Institute of Mental Health.

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This book is accessible and easy to read.
P. Basham
I have purchased many books and this is the ONLY one I recommend to parents of children on the spectrum.
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This book is the most comprehensive resource on autism available today.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By K. Maxwell on September 24, 2009
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Dr. Volkmar isn't as sexy as Jenny McCarthy, but he knows a heck of a lot more about autism. As a speech pathologist with 10 years working with autistic children and adolescents, and as a parent of a 4-year-old with autism, I recommend this book as an excellent resource for both parents and professionals. It is heavy on science and light on mumbo-jumbo, but it is not a difficult read. Definitely a must-have for anyone whose life is impacted by autism.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ruth B. Eren on November 6, 2009
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I spent the weekend reading "A Practical Guide To Autism: What every Parent, Family Member, and Teacher Needs to Know" and have already recommended it to two families. What a wonderful resource! I am also considering it as a requirement for my students in the ASD Masters Degree Program because of the depth and breadth of topics it contains. I will be speaking at a seminar for School Counselors and School Psychologists in the near future and will bring the book along to share with this group as well. This book is an outstanding contribution to family and professional autism resources.
Dr Ruth Eren, EdD
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Travis Thompson on August 22, 2009
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Volkmar and Wiesner's book is the most comprehensive, authoritiative and easy to read book on autism for parents. Volkmar is a world' authority, and his co-author and wife is a practicing pediatrician. It includes chapters on safety, seizures, medications, sleep and health problem as well as characteristics of autism. Each chapter includes FAQs by parents. A superb book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ER on March 10, 2011
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This book is an exceptional resource for people involved with a child or children with ASD. From practical advice, information about research and therapies, education, legal implications for special education and beyond, dealing with home and school, to essential scientific information, this book covers it all, and well. It is meticulously researched and documented. The authors understand the emotion behind the diagnosis, and get to the need for more and better information. It should be in every special ed classroom, and in the hands of every parent or guardian with a child on the spectrum. I use it almost every week in dealing with some issue regarding my autistic child. I have dozens of books about autism, many written by self-proclaimed experts. This one really is written by world famous experts, who write in a readable and reasonable way. The information they give is transferable to real life. The book is a gem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Greenwich Girl on February 22, 2011
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This book is the most comprehensive resource on autism available today. Written by the Director of the Yale Child Study Center and his pediatrician wife, this book combines practical advice and evidence-based strategies to assist you at every stage of development.
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By DBL10 on December 26, 2013
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I purchased this book for school. It is very informative and provides various details regarding Autism characteristics and resources to support parent and educators. I would definitely recommend this book.
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