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This accessible and authoritative guide helps parents understand how autism spectrum disorder is defined and diagnosed and offers an overview of the most current behavioral and developmental therapies for children with ASD. Topics include: symptoms, accessing care, services in the community, and the role of complementary and alternative medicine. Parents will also find inspirational and relatable stories from other caretakers, helping them feel less alone.
About the Author
The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 67,000 pediatricians. Paul S. Carbone, MD, FAAP, is a general pediatrician, associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Utah, a member of the Council on Children with Disabilities Autism Subcommittee, and the parent of a son with autism. Alan I. Rosenblatt, MD, FAAP, is a neurodevelopmental pediatrician and an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University.
"Covers a wide range of topics in a straightforward, commonsense manner, such as diagnosis, different behavioral therapies, family stress issues, and lots of other vital information. Essential reading for parents of children with autism." —Temple Grandin, author, Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism
"[T]his guide is a wonderful resource to build that knowledge and encourage parents to advocate so that their child lives in a world where the dignity of every person is cherished, respected, and empowered." —Timothy P. Shriver, PhD, Chairman of the Board, Special Olympics
"Outstanding book and a tremendous resource for parents of children with autism spectrum disorder. It is also a must-read for anyone else working to help children with autism reach their full potential." —Richard E. Besser, MD, FAAP, Former Chief Health and Medical Editor, ABC News
"The AAP and Drs Carbone and Rosenblatt cover complex issues in an accessible manner. I will recommend this resource to families in need of quality information regarding services and supports for their children with autism." —Patricia Wright, PhD, MPH, National Director, Autism Services, Easter Seals
"Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Every Parent Needs to Know is a must read for every parent with a child on the autism spectrum... Get this book—it’s a complete gem!" —Nora Wells, MEd, Director of Programs, Family Voices
"It is a must-have book for parents, service providers, and advocates alike." —Chris Plauché Johnson, MEd, MA, MD, FAAP. Medical Director, Autism Community Network Clinical Professor (Retired), University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Cochair, American Academy of Pediatrics Autism Subcommittee (2003–2007)