Everything You Need to Know About Diagnosis, Treatment, Coping, and Healing
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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.
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