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Understanding Autism For Dummies Paperback – September 1, 2006
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Get the right diagnosis and customized treatment plan for your loved one or yourself
This reassuring guide explains the symptoms of autism, how it's diagnosed, and the current options for treatment. You'll get helpful information on the latest in genetic and biomedical research, as well as coverage of special-needs financial planning, legal rights for education, and handling issues unique to adults with autism.
Discover how to
- Find and work with autism specialists
- Create and help manage an effective educational plan for your child
- Enhance communication and social skills
- Evaluate treatment options
- Explore other helpful autism resources
About the Author
Stephen holds bachelor degrees in music and accounting and information systems from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He also holds a masters degree in music education and is on the cusp of finishing his doctorate in education from Boston University. Although he seems to spend most of his time traveling in airplanes (Boeing 747-400 preferred), he resides in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his wife on the rare occasions when he’s home.
Linda G. Rastelli is an award-winning journalist, instructional designer, and author with 20 years of experience in writing and designing instruction for health, education, and business topics. In her career, she has focused on making complex and technical information understandable to the layperson. Although she has covered subjects ranging from financial ratio analysis to educational reform, her most challenging inquiry to date — an undertaking that has made her other projects look like finger painting in comparison — has been autism.
Linda holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Delaware and a masters degree from Columbia University. She lives on the New Jersey coast with her husband and her cat, who have reached a blissful state of detente. She hopes to keep her day job.
Top Customer Reviews
Do you have relatives or people who work with your child who are always asking you questions you are having difficulty explaining? It's not that you don't know the answers! (Because, of course you DO). It's that sometimes the explanation is complicated and uses terminology they aren't familiar with. Autism for Dummies can provide the simple explanations for you, or you can pass the book on to those with questions and let Grandma or teacher peruse at will. My personal recommendation is to hand it over with little self-deprecating humor saying something akin to, "Well I finally found a book that explains autism to me!" (As if you aren't really the expert you are!) And offer to share it.Read more ›
Congratulations to Stephen Shore for providing this guide!
If you have recently had a family member diagnosed, you should pick up a couple of copies and pass them around to grandparents, uncles and aunts, friends of the family and siblings. The book focuses on the parents of a newly diagnosed child, supporting what they are feeling and laying out options and expectations. This is something I have found lacking in other resources, but this probably is the most important information you would be looking for at this time.
The book is very complete in it's coverage of the entire autistic spectrum and constantly refers to other great resources to research further. All in all, this is simply the best introduction to autism out there right now. But it is much more than just a shallow introduction to the subject but should be a lasting resource you can go back to.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is easy reading and you can jump around from one chapter to another depending on what you are interested in learning at the moment.Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book helped me better understand how high functioning autism affects a person whom otherwise seems quite normal.Published 26 days ago by lovemeamystery
I got this for my mother to read, she thought it was quite informative as she did not know anything about autism. I has helped her in understanding their behavior.Published 2 months ago by Linda Cronkite
I highly recommend this book for anyone that wants to learn about autism. I've read a lot of books about autism and this book has been one of the most helpful..... Read morePublished 10 months ago by AL S
As a special education teacher of children with autism, this book is so helpful to explain to regular education teachers (and parents) about Autism and how special these children... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Angela Lowe Griffith
No problems with order. Fast and courteous service. Item as described.Published 21 months ago by Dave