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Understanding Autism For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Shore , Linda G. Rastelli , Temple Grandin
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Book Description

Autism affects more than 1 million children and adults in the United States, and parents may be confused by the behavior of autistic children. This book provides help-and hope-by explaining the differences between various types of autism and delivering the lowdown on behavioral, educational, medical, other interventions. Featuring inspiring autism success stories as well as a list of organizations where people who support those with autism can go for additional help, it offers practical advice on how to educate children as well as insights on helping people with autism use their strengths to maximize their potential in life.

Stephen Shore, EdD (Brookline MA), serves on the board for several autism spectrum-related organizations and he has written Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome (1-931282-00-5) and edited Ask and Tell: Self Advocacy and Disclosure For People on the Autism Spectrum (1-931282-58-7).
Linda G. Rastelli (Middletown, NJ) is a veteran journalist who specializes in health and business.
Temple Grandin, PhD (Fort Collins, CO) is the author of the bestselling Thinking in Pictures (0-679-77289-8) and Emergence: Labeled Autistic (0-446-67182-7).



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Identify signs and symptoms for early intervention

Get the right diagnosis and customized treatment plan for your loved one or yourself

This reassuring guide explains the symptoms of autism, how it's diagnosed, and the current options for treatment. You'll get helpful information on the latest in genetic and biomedical research, as well as coverage of special-needs financial planning, legal rights for education, and handling issues unique to adults with autism.

Discover how to

  • Find and work with autism specialists
  • Create and help manage an effective educational plan for your child
  • Enhance communication and social skills
  • Evaluate treatment options
  • Explore other helpful autism resources

About the Author

Stephen M. Shore received a regressive autism diagnosis at age 18 months, became nonverbal, and was deemed “too sick” to be treated on an outpatient basis. Today, he’s finishing a doctoral degree focused on helping people with autism lead fulfilling and productive lives. When not teaching college-level courses in special education and teaching children with autism how to play musical instruments, he consults and presents on autism-related issues internationally. Some topics of particular interest to him include comparative approaches for helping people with autism, education, and disaster preparedness for people with disabilities. He also focuses on challenges faced by adults in terms of self-advocacy, disclosure, post-secondary education, employment, interdependent living, and relationships.
Stephen holds bachelor degrees in music and accounting and information systems from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He also holds a masters degree in music education and is on the cusp of finishing his doctorate in education from Boston University. Although he seems to spend most of his time traveling in airplanes (Boeing 747-400 preferred), he resides in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his wife on the rare occasions when he’s home.

Linda G. Rastelli is an award-winning journalist, instructional designer, and author with 20 years of experience in writing and designing instruction for health, education, and business topics. In her career, she has focused on making complex and technical information understandable to the layperson. Although she has covered subjects ranging from financial ratio analysis to educational reform, her most challenging inquiry to date — an undertaking that has made her other projects look like finger painting in comparison — has been autism.
Linda holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Delaware and a masters degree from Columbia University. She lives on the New Jersey coast with her husband and her cat, who have reached a blissful state of detente. She hopes to keep her day job.


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  • File Size: 2203 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QO9PIY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,855 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You need not be Dummies to benefit from this book October 4, 2006
Format:Paperback
Finally! A book that gives a clear overview of pretty much every aspect related to autism spectrum disorder: from "classic autism" to Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism. It covers diagnosis, medical and biochemical interventions, sensory issues, learning environments, education, social skills and relationships from pre-school through adulthood. And much more! How can one book address so many topics on one book? Even I'm dumbfounded it can be done...and I guess that's the point. It's Autism for Dummies, which means it gives the briefest most concise explanation. It is written in a clear and understandable manner than ANYONE can simply pick it up, scan through it and get a good handle on what autism is. This is an excellent reference book that every school and parent should have in their library to quickly thumb through for a quick explanation. I, as a parent of three children with ASD, have purchased SEVEN copies (so far!); one for myself to use a continual quick reference book, and 6 others for the professionals who work with my kids.

Do you have relatives or people who work with your child who are always asking you questions you are having difficulty explaining? It's not that you don't know the answers! (Because, of course you DO). It's that sometimes the explanation is complicated and uses terminology they aren't familiar with. Autism for Dummies can provide the simple explanations for you, or you can pass the book on to those with questions and let Grandma or teacher peruse at will. My personal recommendation is to hand it over with little self-deprecating humor saying something akin to, "Well I finally found a book that explains autism to me!" (As if you aren't really the expert you are!) And offer to share it.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very complete and helpful guide... September 20, 2006
By Grandma
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Over the past three years since we began to suspect my grandson was autistic, I have accumulated a large library on the subject. Many of the books covered or advocated specific types of treatment, or information on school special education, or finances and autism, or possible causes, or personal success stories or even stories of acceptance when success didn't happen. This book covers them all, and more, and does it well. I'm getting another copy for my son and daughter-in-law, although by now they are experts, not dummies.. This is a really EXCELLENT contribution to the available literature on this increasingly common developmental condition. Don't miss it!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an invaluable resource! January 28, 2007
Format:Paperback
Whether you are new to the world of autism or you are a "veteran" reader/researcher, this book is a must have. It is comprehensive, yet easy to read. This book is an invaluable resource for parents and educators. As an elementary special educator, I plan to keep this book in my classroom for easy reference for regular education teachers, counselors, and administrators. I recommend it to all the parents of my autistic students. As a grad school student, I have recommended it to the college as required reading for preservice special education teachers. As a parent, of an autistic child, I plan to purchase an extra copy and make sure that my son's school has this book in their library. I just wish this book had existed when my son was first diagnosed!

Congratulations to Stephen Shore for providing this guide!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best resource I have found for understanding autism December 13, 2006
Format:Paperback
When my friend's son was diagnosed with ASD I started reading anything I could find either on-line or in print. There seemed to be either simplistic articles for mass audiences or very involved technical or specific articles. Recently, I was fortunate to pick up a copy of this book because it has been the single most comprehensive and accessible reference I have found.

If you have recently had a family member diagnosed, you should pick up a couple of copies and pass them around to grandparents, uncles and aunts, friends of the family and siblings. The book focuses on the parents of a newly diagnosed child, supporting what they are feeling and laying out options and expectations. This is something I have found lacking in other resources, but this probably is the most important information you would be looking for at this time.

The book is very complete in it's coverage of the entire autistic spectrum and constantly refers to other great resources to research further. All in all, this is simply the best introduction to autism out there right now. But it is much more than just a shallow introduction to the subject but should be a lasting resource you can go back to.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great "starter" book January 9, 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is excellent to get you started on autism research. I found it to be extremely good for my son's teachers and others that may not know anything about autism at all. It covers the basics with balance between the different types of autism. I would have liked to see more on general developmental disorders like PDD-NOS but other than that it is great. My church will be using it along with several other books as a resource to get our special needs ministry started.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Presentation May 19, 2007
Format:Paperback
A welcome book to add to the growing body of autism literature! This masterpiece gives an excellent overview of autism and Asperger's and the wide range of spectrum behaviors these related conditions cover. Readers learn about autism/Asperger's (a/A) from behavior/sensory reactions to resources for adults on the spectrum. A lot of coverage is given to education for people on the spectrum of all ages; discussion about environment and sensory responses is discussed in depth.

This well written book is the ideal reference book and resource tool that will give readers a very good understanding of autism, which is a neurobiological condition and its spectrum partner, Asperger's Syndrome. Be sure to add this gem to your autism library. Parents, educators, medical professionals and lay people alike will get a lot out of this book and will certainly come away with a good understanding of autism. This book's fund of information will also hopefully pave the Road to Tolerance.

Stephen Shore who co-authored this book has written his autobiography and has autism as well. Temple Grandin's foreword endorsing this book will certainly speak to its accuracy and credentials; both Dr. Grandin and Mr. Shore are veterans and experts in matters pertaining to autism. Make this book your best friend and be sure to pass it along to others. It is a veritable treasure chest!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand
Very Informative. Easy to understand. Would highly recommended it.
Published 9 days ago by Mary Ballesteros
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Shipped fast. Well packaged. Exactly as pictured. Very informative.
Published 1 month ago by Angelique L. Glaser
5.0 out of 5 stars Kudos for a book well written.
Any thing you want to know about auism is here. Easy to read. Good quick find guides. I would recommend to parents,teachers, and therapist working with individuals with autism.
Published 2 months ago by lynda Cartwright Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding Autism
Contains great information for those who need to understand Autism. It is simply worded and easy to understand. It can be for any age so they better understand their loved ones.
Published 4 months ago by jenkins2014
4.0 out of 5 stars A parents guide to autism
This book is perfect for families who have new diagnosis and are not really sure where to start.I wish I had ordered it seveseven years ago
Published 6 months ago by nelly
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay -- FOR BASIC INTRODUCTION TO FAMILIARIZE THE NOVICE TOWARDS THIS...
This book is helpful as a basic introduction for the novice. It doesn't go into more detail when you have additional questions and more involved concerns. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Esmerelda
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful Guide
This is good for explaining autism on a very basic basis. I did benefit from this book. I feel it is a little repetitive but still a good guide.
Published 14 months ago by Cheryl A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for anyone who knows someone on the Autism spectrum, especially...
It's well written by an adult who is on the Autism spectrum. He has lived through many difficulties, and shares his experiences, as well as knowledge of current treatments and... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Kitty
5.0 out of 5 stars Book on Autism
I bought the book for my daughter to help provide her with information on how to help her autistic sons. Yes, she has more than one child with autism.
Published 16 months ago by Cherrie
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for parents and grandparents of newly diagnoised child with...
A very good resorce for the newly diagonised child's parent. My daughter-in-law has a play group for autistic childern weekly and I lent it out and the parents purchased it for... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Rafaela
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