The autism sourcebook : everything you need to know about diagnosis, treatment, coping, and healing / Karen Siff Exkorn.Material type: TextPublisher: New York, NY : ReaganBooks, 2009Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 416 p.)ISBN: 9780061738388 (electronic bk)Subject(s): Childhood | Early years | Early diagnosis and intervention | Understanding autism | Books by parents | Resources for parents | Across the lifespan
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 355-369) and index.
pt. I. Diagnosis -- Introduction -- 1. The many faces of autism -- 2. Who diagnoses my child? : going beyond your pediatrician -- 3. Understanding your child's behaviors -- 4. Autism spectrum disorders : the facts, theories, studies, and information you should know -- pt. II. Treatment -- Introduction -- 5. How to make the right treatment and intervention decisions for your child -- 6. Standard treatments and interventions for ASDs -- 7. You have the power : advocating for your child's legal rights -- 8. On your mark, get set ... start treatment -- pt. III. Coping -- Introduction -- 9. In the beginning : coming to terms with the diagnosis and issues surrounding the diagnosis -- 10. Beyond soccer games and ballet classes : coping with issues surrounding treatments, services, and schools -- 11. Inside and outside the house : coping with everyday life -- 12. Brothers and sisters : coping with sibling issues -- 13. Keeping it personal : coping with your marriage, your family, and your self -- 14. Advice to loved ones : coping tips for family and friends -- pt. IV. Healing -- 15. Thoughts on healing ... -- Appendix A. Modified checklist for autism in toddlers (M-CHAT) -- Appendix B. Diagnostic criteria for the five pervasive developmental disorders -- Appendix C. Treatments and interventions for autism spectrum disorders -- Appendix D. National organizations for autism in the United States -- Appendix E. International organizations for autism -- Appendix F. Internet resources -- Appendix G. Recommended reading -- Glossary.
Practical advice and information from the world's foremost experts on autism -- and a mother's own hard-won lessons from helping her son recover from the disorder When Karen Siff Exkorn 's son, Jake, was diagnosed with autism, she struggled to pull together comprehensive information about the disorder. Fortunately, she was able to educate herself quickly, and her extensive at-home treatment of her son led to his amazing full recovery. But the journey wasn't easy, and now, in The Autism Sourcebook , Siff Exkorn offers parents the wisdom she wishes she'd had at the beginning. Recent studies show that there is a worldwide epidemic of autism. More than 1.5 million people are affected in the United States alone, with one in every 166 children diagnosed. Early detection and early intervention are two of the key factors in improving prognosis -- but too often, writes Siff Exkorn, parents get bogged down in denial or confusion about the still mysterious disorder, and are unable to take the necessary steps. Providing accessible medical information gleaned from the world's foremost experts, Siff Exkorn offers an inside look at families with children who have autism, and ties in her own firsthand experience as a parent. The author shares valuable knowledge about the following: What the diagnosis really means Understanding and accessing treatment options Knowing your child's rights in the school system Coping with common marital and familial stress Making the stigma of autism a thing of the past With extensive appendices, including the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Diagnostic Criteria for the Five Pervasive Developmental Disorders, and carefully selected lists of Internet resources, recommended readings, and top autism organizations worldwide, The Autism Sourcebook is the single most comprehensive, practical resource available to parents and loved ones of children with autism.