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"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.
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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: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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 [...]

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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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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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