"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)
From the Back Cover
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