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Could It Be Autism?: A Parent's Guide to the First Signs and Next Steps Hardcover – January 10, 2006

4.6 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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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.” Christina Adams,
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

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (January 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767919726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767919722
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,288,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Our son was diagnosed at 4.5, 12 years ago, when it was "diagnose and adios"! Had we had this concise and easy to read book, the pain, frustration and suffering could have been greatly minimized. This is a universal book for parents, family, friends, professionals and all parties interested in ameliorating the conditions of the special needs population. It's inciteful, honest and informative. If you have the slightest doubt about your child's potential or that you are doing all you can to help that person reach their fullest potential, read this book. Ms. Wiseman has artfully combined the scientific approach of a professional with the passion of a parent, to give us options to explore, something that has taken many of us too much lost precious time in dead ends and insensitive, uninformed and arrogant bureaucrats. Do this wonderful and usually neglected population a huge service by reading this book and recommending it to someone involved. Make a difference, one person at a time!
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Nancy Wiseman has done an amazing job of taking ton of complicated information and making it easy to understand.

My son was diagnosed with autism at age 3 even though my husband had suspicions when he was 21 months old. We lost more than a year of services until he was finally diagnosed. I wish this book would have been available in 1999 when I needed it. Could This Be Autism? will be a tremendous resource to both families and pediatricians. I recommend it highly!
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I just finished this book and want to commend Nancy Wiseman for writing a book I wish I'd had more than 10 years ago, when I first suspected something was "wrong" with my son. As early as 2 months old, he was showing signs of what I have since learned were indications of hypersensitivity toward certain stimuli. He couldn't stand to be held, even as a tiny baby, and it broke my heart and scared me to death. His doctors were utterly clueless, and I essentially had to tell THEM that I was sure it was autism after more than a year of voracious research. Ms. Wiseman's book could have spared me a great deal of heartache in that regard, as she hones in on several things I noticed in my son as an infant: the lost eye contact, lack of acknowledgement from facial expressions or hearing his name called, running into the street when I screamed frantically for him to stop and come back, the severe tantrums over absolutely nothing...I could go on and on.

I said four stars, though, because it's a book written as a guide to parents and starts to go into therapies, but it stops short of being a comprehensive guide of that sort. She talks about Floor Time, the therapy created by Dr. Stanley Greenspan, which I understand is a good option for many kids, but there are so many others, and we don't hear word one about them. What about Occupational Therapy for sensory issues? ABA? The GF/CF diet? What about Incidental Teaching, the therapy my son has received for the past 8 years, which has worked wonders on his behaviors and abilities?

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Could it be Autism? is the only book on Autism that I have found that has addressed the signs in the early years. It is a good place to start if you have concerns about your child, however if you still have concerns after reading the book then I would deffinatly look at more comprehensive books such as the OASIS guide. As someone says she left out a lot of other good options such as OT and the gf/cf diet. It is also seemed to be geared towards the lower functioning end of Autism and does almost nothing to address those children who are on the higher functioning end of Autism.
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Recently my son was diagnosed with PDD NOS. In the search for answers I started to educate myself by buying some books on Autism in addition to seeking out other parents/professionals who were knowledgeable about this diagnosis. Could It Be Autism is an excellent resource to read if you are a parent who questions if your son/daughter may have a diagnosis that falls on the autism spectrum. It is comprehensive in terms of offering suggestions on how to set up a treatment team for your child. It also covers the need for you to become your child's greatest advocate, how to do this, and why it is critial in terms of getting him/her the help needed. This book is more than an intellectual exercise like so many written are. It is easy to read, offers hands on practical things that you as a parent can do to help your child, and it is written from the authors heart. In it she shares a piece of her story in terms of her own child's disabilities. This book is realisic and at the same time shows you that there is hope for all children on the Autism Spectrum to do better given the right treatment program be put into place. This author walks you through the steps. Reading her book added hope back into what felt like my world of darkness and despair discovering my son's diagnosis. It also empowered me as a parent with practical steps I could take to help him get the help he needs even in the midst of still going through the grieving process. This author has a great deal of insight and valueable feedback to offer other parents who have children diagnosed on the autism spectrum. She has walked in our shoes through her daughers diagnoses and how it has changed her life too. You get the sense that she cares for the parents and children out there who are experiencing the same trials and issues.Read more ›
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