From Publishers Weekly
Greenspan and Wieder (The Child with Special Needs) start out by redefining autism in realistic yet positive terms which open the door for successful intervention: instead of focusing solely on the autistic spectrum, a more flexible axis measuring progress, on which placement is not fixed, can give parents and children a "a healthy developmental trajectory," taking into account such goals as "showing intimacy and warmth ... communicating with gestures ... and talking meaningfully." The authors give readers a pragmatic approach to thinking about people on the autistic spectrum, including specific ideas for enhancing connectivity and communication in people of any age, most of whom "rarely advance intellectually above the ten-to-twelve-year-old level ... when they could progress far beyond the level of concrete thinking," if only there were a curriculum that would "challenge them to do so." Most of the text is used to help develop an engaging program for someone with autism, including resources and examples, in order to address "relationships, specific behaviors, the creative use of ideas, and the various processing areas." This is essential reading for caregivers, parents and friends of people on the spectrum, as well as compelling reading for anyone who wants to learn more about autism.
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"Highly effective and influential approach to autism and autistic spectrum disorders is presented in one clear and accessible volume." -- Family Therapy, 2006
"Highly effective and influential...one clear and accessible volume... Preventing
the full onset of autism becomes a real possibility." -- (Adolescence, Summer 2006)
"Offers hope to parents...Confirms the worth, feasibility, and the necessity of comprehensive programs for youth with autistic spectrum disorder." -- Psychologist-Psychoanalyst, Summer 2006
"Theres no better expert on the subject." -- Midwest Book Review, 6/06
"[An] excellent book
The definitive guide to Greenspans respected 'floortime' method...illuminating...highly recommended." -- Library Journal, starred review 04/12/06
Â"An excellent introductionÂ
A thoughtful theoretical examination of autism and autism spectrum disordersÂ
a reassuring and hopeful guide.Â" -- Parent and Preschooler Newsletter, September 2006