American Academy of Pediatrics delivers what every parent & caregiver should know about autism with Autism Spectrum Disorders
“Covers a wide range of topics in a straight forward, common sense manner, such as diagnosis, different behavioral therapies, family stress issues, and lots of other vital information. Essential reading for parents of young children with autism.” ―Temple Grandin, author and well-known autism expert
As the number of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) continues to rise, it is more crucial than ever that parents have the tools and knowledge they need to provide ample care and support for their autistic children.
Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Every Parent Needs to Know is the perfect go-to guide for parents and caregivers of children on the autism spectrum, from babyhood through adolescence and beyond.
Written by the nation’s leading authority on pediatric healthcare with the guidance of distinguished pediatricians and autism experts Alan I. Rosenblatt, MD, FAAP and Paul S. Carbone, MD, FAAP, father to an autistic son, Autism Spectrum Disorders delivers a refreshingly comprehensive and accessible index of the most recent expert medical and behavioral advice.
Oftentimes, getting a diagnosis for a child with an autism spectrum disorder isn’t easy. Unlike conditions that can be detected with a blood test or x-ray, diagnoses for ASDs rely on behavioral observations, and every single case is different. Offering valuable information on the different types of ASDs, from autism to Asperger syndrome to pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PPD-NOS), Autism Spectrum Disorders supplies a number of straightforward screening tools and advice so parents can effectively partner with their child’s pediatrician to provide the best possible care for their autistic child.
With extensive notes on behavioral and developmental treatment options, diet requirements, the role of medication, alternative therapies and community and government resources for support, Autism Spectrum Disorders teaches parents how to formulate an autism management plan to maximize a child’s independence and quality of life, while alleviating stress on family. Caregivers will learn vetted techniques for encouraging competence in daily living, addressing behavioral concerns from childhood through adolescence and strengthening the child’s social skills and community connections. Interspersed throughout are inspirational and honest, first-hand accounts from fellow moms and dads of children with autism.
Addressing the narrower diagnostic guidelines forthcoming in the fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), Autism Spectrum Disorders is an authoritative reference that provides parents and caregivers of children with autism with the essential facts and advice that they need to navigate the oft-challenging world of ASDs.
Everyday Strategies for Encouraging Social Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Excerpted from the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Every Parent Needs to Know