From Publishers Weekly
For parents worried about their children's development, Wiseman, president of a developmental disorder awareness organization and the mother of an autistic child, promotes a rigorous approach to identifying autism warning signs, stressing early diagnosis as a crucial component of securing proper post-diagnosis treatment. Writing conversationally, Wiseman covers all the autism bases-symptom detection, diagnosis, treatment options, redefining parental obligation-in 10 topical chapters, splicing comments from parents of autistic children with advocacy information, the latter of which is plentiful and hard-nosed. Public schools' special education programs and government-funded development therapy initiatives are taken to task, with Wiseman warning parents "you must always be prepared to fight" and suggesting parents brush up on relevant laws, reach out to advocacy organizations and community groups, and, above all, be the child's unflinching advocate. Wiseman's approach does not get bogged down in the minutia of endless record keeping, instead favoring a big picture approach and a checklist of "social, emotional, and communication milestones" designed to allow parents to keep track of a child's development beginning at four months of age. Packed with clear-cut suggestions, this book will be a valuable resource for parents facing weighty questions about their child's behavior.
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“This is a very-well-written, informative, and, at the same time, hopeful book from which both parents and professionals will learn. I can’t wait to recommend it to the families we see.” —
Catherine Lord, Ph.D., Director, University of Michigan Autism and Communication Disorders Center (UMACC)
“Nancy Wiseman provides detailed steps of everything parents need to do from the moment they suspect their child may be delayed. I wish I had this book when my grandson was diagnosed with autism. This book is a gift to parents and grandparents who find themselves on the autism road but need a map.” —
Suzanne Wright, cofounder, Autism Speaks
“I wish I’d had this book when I needed it. Reading Could It Be Autism?
may help parents identify at-risk children and start intervention early enough to possibly slow or halt the development of autism. This book is a potential lifesaver.” —
author of A Real Boy: A True Story of Autism, Early Intervention and Recovery
“Nancy Wiseman’s gem of a book is so surprising in that there is not one paragraph that does not inform, clarify, and reassure. The author is like an expert friend, several steps ahead, who never fails to turns around, gently leading parents where they need to go. This book reduces the heartbreak, offers hope, and empowers parents so they can provide optimal and timely treatment for their child.” —
Demitri F. Papolos, M.D., and Janice Papolos, coauthors of The Bipolar Child