This book is a must read for any parent who has a child with autism, because within its pages lies the unvarnished truth regarding what works and doesn't work and how to make the distinction. --Dr. Richard Foxx, Ph.D., The Behavior Analyst
This book is the recipient of the Eric Hoffer Award. --Eric Hoffer Award
From the Author
In addition, professionals and paraprofessionals need to have a better understanding of the scientific method so they do not inadvertently recommend a treatment with no science behind it to the parents of the children they work with. It is crucial that professionals remember that they hold considerable status and legitimacy in the eyes of parents, and with that legitimacy comes responsibility -- a responsibility to not inadvertently send parents down the road of quackery in autism treatments.
Currently, many parents find it difficult to evaluate autism treatments for their child. They are forced to rely upon experts who may or may not know enough about the science to provide accurate information. Therefore, in a sense, parents need to become experts themselves. Fortunately, the scientific method is not difficult to understand. It simply needs to be laid out in a form that is understandable. All parents, professionals and paraprofessionals alike need to know how to make informed choices about which therapies to use to treat the child's autism. After reading this book, my sincere hope is that everyone will be able to evaluate the next, new purported treatment or cure that comes along. It is very important to be able to ask the right questions and to find the flaws in the science behind the purported treatment, or to find the evidence that, in fact, the treatment is effective. At a minimum, understanding the scientific method will protect thousands of children from quackery and, hopefully, provide parents and professionals with the tools to find treatments that are effective for autism.