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The Autism Book: What Every Parent Needs to Know About Early Detection, Treatment, Recovery, and Prevention (Sears Parenting Library) [Paperback]

Robert Sears
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April 2, 2010 Sears Parenting Library
With clarity and compassion, Dr. Robert Sears guides the reader through the maze of autism, explaining what precautions parents can take to decrease their baby's risk, how to detect autism at the earliest possible age, and how to proceed once a diagnosis has been made. The book provides parents with a simple and clear understanding of the biomedical treatment approach that Dr. Sears has used successfully with many of his young patients. It lays out a plan for developmental, behavioral, and learning therapies; shows parents how to begin treatments without a doctor's help; presents information on vaccines and their safe use; and includes an extensive resources section. THE AUTISM BOOK provides all the information and reassurance parents need.

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Editorial Reviews


"A clear, concise plan for the treatment of autism. A must read for anyone interested in the care of the child in the autism spectrum."—Stephanie F. Cave, MD, MS, FAAFP, author of What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children's Vaccinations

"The Autism Book is an important resource for both new and experienced parents of children with autism."—Lawrence D. Rosen, MD, FAAP, founder of The Whole Child Center, Oradell, NJ

"Autism has many facets, from behavioral to educational to medical, and parents working for the best possible future for their children need a lot of options. Dr. Sears covers the territory broadly, fairly, clearly, and in very useful detail."—Martha Herbert, MD, PhD, assistant professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and pediatric neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital

"An easy-to-read, comprehensive, information-filled resource for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders."—Kenneth A. Bock, MD, author of Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies

"A gem of a book...In parent-friendly language, Dr. Sears provides a road map for parents of a child with autism. As a neurodevelopmental pediatrician, I know I will be...encouraging every one of my families with a child with an autism spectrum diagnosis to buy this book!"—Marilyn C. Agin, MD, FAAP, neurodevelopmental pediatrician and coauthor of The Late Talker

"This is a solid, accessible book by a wise pediatrician and teacher and, most important, a doctor who really practices the art of listening to his patients."—Sidney M. Baker, MD, coauthor of Autism: Effective Biomedical Treatments and cofounder of Defeat Autism Now!

About the Author

Robert Sears is a board-certified pediatrician in private practice with his father, William Sears. He received his medical degree from Georgetown University and completed his pediatric training at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles. He is the author of The Vaccine Book and HappyBaby, and the co-author of The Baby Book (revised edition), The Premature Baby Book, and The Baby Sleep Book.

Product Details

  • Series: Sears Parenting Library
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (April 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316042803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316042802
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Robert W. Sears, MD, is a father of three, board-certified in Pediatrics, and a co-author in the Sears Parenting Library. "Dr. Bob", as he likes to be called by his little patients, earned his medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1995. He did his pediatric internship and residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, finishing in 1998. Dr. Bob is the proud father of three active boys, Andrew, age 15, Alex, age 12, and Joshua age 6. He and his wife, Cheryl, reside in Dana Point, CA. In his spare time Dr. Bob enjoys surfing the California waves, mountain biking, playing bass guitar with his teenage son guitarist, and trying to keep up with his three children.

Dr. Bob enjoys a very unique approach to pediatrics by providing a combination of alternative and traditional medical care. He has a passion for healthy natural living and incorporates this knowledge into a style of disease treatment and prevention that you won't find in most doctors offices. By limiting antibiotic use, using science-based natural treatment approaches whenever possible, and focusing on good nutrition and immune system health, Dr. Bob takes preventative medicine to a whole new level. His commitment to breastfeeding success for all his patients also helps babies get a right start in life.

Dr. Bob has a particular passion for helping parents understand childhood vaccines and the options open to them in choosing the safest possible vaccine schedule for their child. As the solo author of The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child, his in-depth knowledge of vaccines and the diseases they prevent has helped parents nationwide get a better understanding of this complex and confusing issue.

Having had the privilege to help raise three active boys, Dr. Bob has grown fond of the "parenting" side of pediatrics. He especially enjoys talking to parents in his practice about the joys, and trials, of watching their little babies and toddlers thrive through the first several years of life.

Dr. Bob is committed to enjoying a slow-paced, casual atmosphere in the office, providing long checkups, giving parents the flexibility to ask for house calls at home when needed and being one of the very few Orange County pediatricians to be available after hours, overnight, and on weekends for phone calls and home visits. Because he is not contracted with any insurance companies he is able to focus his attention 100% on just being a doctor without having to worry about the business side of running an insurance-based office. His patients take care of billing their own insurance themselves and find that once they learn the process it is very easy.

Dr. Bob has appeared on the Dr. Phil show to offer advice on child behavior and parenting issues. He has also appeared on the Ellen DeGeneris show, CNN's House Calls with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the CBS Early Show, and PBS's "A Place of Our Own".

Dr. Bob is a frequent speaker at La Leche League conferences, including Colorado, Texas, Ohio, North Carolina, California/Nevada and the International LLL Conference 2007 as well as various parenting health Expos. He has written for Contemporary Pediatrics, Newsweek Japan, and dozen's of regional parenting magazines across the nation. Dr. Bob is co-author of The Updated Baby Book, The Premature Baby Book, The Baby Sleep Book 2005 and Father's First Steps: 25 Things Every New Dad Should Know and author of The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for your Child and an active contributor to the content of and several other parenting websites. He is also a regular contributor to Working Mother magazine.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular resource for parents and physicians March 21, 2010
This is an excellent book! It is very well organized and easy to read, providing a clear set of steps for parents and physicians to take when treating a child with autism. Dr. Bob Sears includes a fabulous overview of what is currently known in the world of mainstream medical science regarding possible causes and treatments for autism, with numerous detailed citations and an excellent reference at the back of the book. He then goes on to describe what is known in the biomedical world (again with full citations and references), and provides very convincing evidence that there are many non-drug treatments that can be highly effective in reducing the symptoms of autism, sometimes to the extent that a patient would no longer qualify for a diagnosis of autism at all. I find this book to be incredibly convincing due to the extent to which all of the information presented is carefully documented and organized, but also because of my own personal experience with researching autism over the past few months.

I am a PhD Statistician, and I have a 14 month old son who was showing many of the early warning signs for autism until a few weeks ago when we accidentally discovered that he has an allergy to dairy. We had initiated early intervention services for him and the simple methods that they suggested to increase interactions and gain more eye contact during the day were just fabulous. But it turns out dairy products were having a severe impact on his desire to make eye contact and interact with us, and the improvement was obvious within days of removing all dairy from his diet. Taking him off of dairy also cured the chronic constipation that he had been experiencing since he was just a few weeks old, and he suddenly began to sleep for hours in a stretch for the first time in his life.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What this means for the autism community... April 14, 2010
This is an important book. It's going to affect how mainstream medicine handles autism. It's written by a prominent pediatrician who's well-respected AND..., has years of experience treating and recovering autistic children. While doctors typically hand parents a diagnosis of autism and tell them that medicine knows nothing about autism except that vaccines don't cause it, Sears offers help and hope. He also has not closed the door to a link with the vaccine program. He clearly states this in this book.
Ex. "Sears continues to address this issue saying, 'There are cases in which a severe reaction to a round of vaccines seems to have triggered a decline into autism.'" (p. 339)
Most important of all is the information about ways to treat and recover autistic kids. I can see thousands of parents going to their pediatricians with Sears's book in hand, asking for these treatments for their children. US News and World Report, ABC [...], Newsweek Magazine, OC Register, Web MD, [...], and various parenting magazines have already covered Dr. Sears.
(See the recent interview on KVUE-TV Austin, TX: [...])
Doctors who educate themselves on these protocols will be the ones with patients. For parents who feel that the medical community has given up on autistic kids, this book is a welcome change!
SEE--Dr. Bob Sears's The Autism Book Brings Early Detection, Treatment, Recovery and Prevention To Light By Anne Dachel [...]

Anne Dachel
Media editor: Age of Autism
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beginning Our Journey April 20, 2010
We are patients of Dr. Bob and are just beginning our journey through the world of Autism. I devoured Dr. Bob's book as a means to try and understand what this means for our child and our family. Primarily what I was looking for while reading the book was, "What can we do to help our child?" This book gave me so many answers and so much hope. There are things we can do for our child and we are now finally on our way.

This book is such a valuable resource to parents, grandparents, teachers, etc. as they begin to navigate this new world. I found it immensely helpful to have read through the book prior to our initial appointment so that I had some familiarity with the language of Autism and could understand what was being discussed. It was great to be able to do my research in the quiet of my own home.

I appreciated how the book gave some possible reasons why Autism is so prevalent and what may be causing this epidemic. Reading through those sections allowed me to see my child in some of the theories, which is helping us direct which biomedical tests need to be done which will in turn steer our treatment plan.

I have already dog-eared and highlighted my book like crazy and know that it will continue to be a permanent fixture on my shelf as I refer back to it often.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Autism Book April 2, 2010
As a pediatrician who cares for hundreds of autistic children, I am constantly monitoring new books on the subject. Parents with newly diagnosed toddlers as well as those with adolescents and young adults will frequently ask me about the latest publications. It is the rare book that appeals to all of us - practitioners and families, both novice and experienced. Dr. Sears' "The Autism Book" fits perfectly in this sweet spot. Providing up-to-date commentary and practical advice on all aspects of diagnosing and treating autism, this book is a must-read for all interested in what we can do - today - to help the growing number of children with autism spectrum disorders. The book supports an integrative approach - combining the best of conventional and alternative/complementary medical therapies - in a non judgmental manner quite refreshing and honest. There is something in this book for everyone, and I highly recommend it.
- Lawrence D. Rosen, MD, Founder of the Whole Child Center ([...])
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Really helped
This book really helped me understand some of the steps parents are taking with their autistic children. I help take care of individuals with disabilities of all ages. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Sara
5.0 out of 5 stars Gave me answers no one else would or could
Please read this book if your child has Autism! I loved it and recommend it to all parents and grandparents of children with autism.
Published 3 months ago by Bella
1.0 out of 5 stars Read the first few chapters... then stop.
I had heard a bit about Dr. Sears, but never read any of his books. My son, who is 2 1/2 was recently given the formal diagnosis of Autism, although we had suspicions and knew far... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Erin
3.0 out of 5 stars Good information about diagnostics and treatments, but a bit biased.
The book has good information about Autism diagnostics and treatments, but is focused too much on the alternative - biomedical therapies. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Nieves
5.0 out of 5 stars You must get this book right away and do what Dr Sears recommends!!
He has changed the course of our son's life with the biomedical interventions he has recommended. This is a must for every parent with a child on the spectrum. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sherry Bean
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative...
This book is written for the average person to understand. Very informative. Keeps your attention.
It is a definite read for newly diagnosed parents.
Published 13 months ago by Sharon Lavery
5.0 out of 5 stars incredibly helpful
this book has so much good information. it's worth buying it whether you have a kid who is suspected of having autism or not! just pick this book up if you're a parent.
Published 13 months ago by QWOPASKL
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book
So much good information, definitely one of my favorite autism books! Such an amazing book, one that you will read back through over and over.
Published 17 months ago by Iluvakidw/autism
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative
I found the book very informative. I recommend anyone who wants to go down the biomedical path to read it.
Published 17 months ago by Loving mommy
5.0 out of 5 stars I call this my Autism Bible, very mind blowing and absolutely the best...
My son was diagnosed in 2010 with classic Autism, {ASD} and by then i already knew, but didn't know what to do, so i jumped online and saw this and said i m gonna start here. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Bty
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