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More About This Title A Practical Guide to Autism: What Every Parent, Family Member, and Teacher Needs to Know
Since we each don’t have our own research assistants on staff, I am delighted to recommend this wonderful book by Fred Volkmar and Lisa Wiesner. Both of these talented professional leaders have combined their scientific skills and understanding of the field with great practical experience and ideas about how research can be translated into clinical practice. The result is a book that provides the best and most comprehensive information about recent scientific developments and a splendid practical guide for how they are being implemented and what we are learning in the process. The issues are presented in all of their complexity but translated into language that is clear, direct, and easy to follow. The format also lends itself to understanding the complex issues and their implications through excellent charts, question and answer sections, and chapters that vary from describing diagnostic issues to stating very specifically how to expand and evaluate the services one is receiving. The comprehensive references and lists of additional resources also add greatly to the overall package.
As a professional dedicated to understanding scientific advances and helping families and teachers to utilize them most effectively, I am very pleased to have an ally like this book available. I am very grateful to the authors for providing a very credible, practical, and relevant addition to our field to help the many advocates and family practitioners to better understand the exciting new developments and how they can be implemented in our day to day work. Those taking the time to read through this superb volume will find it time well spent that pays back dividends in many different ways.
—FOREWORD by Gary B. Mesibov, Ph.D., Professor and Director of TEACCH, Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
FRED R. VOLKMAR, MD, is the Director of the Yale Child Study Center and coauthor of the Handbook of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Third Edition, published by Wiley.
LISA A. WIESNER, MD, is a pediatrician in private practice in Orange, Connecticut.?? She is an assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at Yale who has research experience with autism.
Chapter 1 What Is Autism? 1
Chapter 2 What Causes Autism? 25
Chapter 3 Getting a Diagnosis 45
Chapter 4 Getting Services 87
Chapter 5 An Overview of Educational Programs 119
Chapter 6 Educational Interventions 149
Chapter 7 Working with Young Children 193
Chapter 8 Working with School-Aged Children 233
Chapter 9 Adolescence, Adulthood, and the Future 277
Chapter 10 Managing Medical Issues and Problems 325
Chapter 11 Ensuring Safety 369
Chapter 12 Dealing with Seizures 387
Chapter 13 Dealing with Regression 407
Chapter 14 Dealing with Behavior Problems 423
Chapter 15 Considering Medications for Behavior Problems 453
Chapter 16 Managing Sensory Issues 483
Chapter 17 Managing Sleep and Sleep Problems 501
Chapter 18 Considering Complementary and Alternative Treatments 519
Chapter 19 Managing Sibling and Family Issues 551
Resources Lists Books and Websites 575
Appendix Criteria for Autism 579
"…these authors bring both comprehensive knowledge and compassion to this invaluable reference. They don't minimize the difficulties, but they offer clear, beautifully organized information - including a helpful Q-and-A section at the end of each chapter - that provides strategies that every parent can use. This is an important book that deserves an honored place in homes, schools, pediatricians' and psychologists' offices, and should make the path smoother for anyone whose life has been touched by autism." (Education Update, September 2009)
"To help parents understand the flood of information about autism, Pediatricians Volkmar and Wiesner present an accessible overview of all aspects of this high-profile disorder." (Book News, September 2009)