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Getting the Best for Your Child with Autism: An Expert's Guide to Treatment

Getting the Best for Your Child with Autism: An Expert's Guide to Treatment

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By (author) Bryna Siegel

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  • Publisher: Guilford Publications
  • Format: Paperback | 258 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 227mm x 19mm | 432g
  • Publication date: 31 March 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1593853173
  • ISBN 13: 9781593853174
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 1,192,846

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Each child on the autism spectrum has a unique set of special needs. That's why their parents deserve a smart, caring advocate to help zero in on proven interventions that are right for their child. Bestselling author Bryna Siegel, one of the world's leading authorities on autism, deftly guides parents through the complex maze of treatment options. She shows how to obtain an accurate assessment of a child's strengths and weaknesses, and then provides step-by-step guidance to help parents develop a plan of action tailored to their child's individual learning style, verbal abilities, and social skills. Like no other book on the market, Getting the Best for Your Child with Autism will help parents maximize all of the resources available to help their kids reach their full potential.

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Bryna Siegel, PhD, is a developmental psychologist and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, USA and director of its Autism Clinic. She has worked with children with autism and their families for the past 25 years, and participated in the development of the nationally used diagnostic standard for the disorder. Dr. Siegel lectures frequently to parents and professionals, and has served as a consultant to school districts across the United States. Her previous books include the bestselling The World of the Autistic Child.

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"If you know or suspect that your child has autism, this book is a great resource. Dr. Siegel takes you on the journey from first diagnosis to finding treatments that meet your child's unique needs, and explains the critical role that parents can play. An excellent, timely, and compelling guide. Although it is written for parents, the book also will be extremely useful for practitioners." - Debra Moss, Autism Specialist, Los Angeles Unified School District, USA "The sheer number of 'expert opinions' on autism treatment - not all of them trustworthy - can be overwhelming to parents. This book provides a road map of masterful clarity. Dr. Siegel draws upon her research and clinical experience with thousands of families, intermingling this experience with wonderful common sense, humor, and empathy, all in a very readable style. Every parent of a child with autism will benefit from reading this book." - Peter S. Jensen, Director, The REACH Institute (The REsource for Advancing Children's Health), New York City, USA "Dr. Siegel's book is a 'must-have' resource for families dealing with autism spectrum disorders. This scientifically based roadmap will help you not only to navigate the confusing sea of autism-related literature, but also to nourish the particular learning style of your child." - Brian Ruder, parent and board president, Jumpstart Learning to Learn "This book draws on Dr. Siegel's wonderful conceptual understanding of the learning styles and social and emotional difficulties of children with autism, and translates it into very practical suggestions for parents. She doesn't promise cures, but she understands the value of hope and optimism. The book provides a balanced picture of what treatments are available, what is needed, what is realistic, and how to help your child effectively." - Gary B. Mesibov, Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology and Director, Division TEACHH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA "All parents want to do the best for their children, and this indispensable book shows how, step-by-step. Autism and its treatment are very complex, but Dr. Siegel's experience and accessible style make the issues crystal clear. She distills the vast amount of information that is out there for parents and separates the good advice from the bad. This book is a beacon of sanity and reassurance for any family navigating these stormy waters." - Ami Klin, Director, Autism Program, Yale Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine, USA

Table of contents

Introduction. Part I: Mapping the Road to the Best Treatment: How to Get a Thorough Diagnosis. Off to a Good Start: Timely Screening Will Set You on the Path to Help. Getting Your Footing: What a Diagnosis Can (and Should) Do for You and Your Child. Setting a Course: Navigating the Diagnostic Process to Emerge with a Plan. Part II: Outfitting Yourself to Help Your Child. The Balanced Family: "Adjust Your Own Face Mask Before Attempting to Help Others." Becoming an Informed Consumer: Getting Your "Personal Best" in Services and Providers. Part III: Putting it Together: Matching Your Child's Learning Needs with the Treatments That Can Help. Learning Deficits, Learning Styles: What Does Your Child Need? Core Treatments for Autism: Which Interventions Will Meet Your Child's Needs? The Customized Course: Additional Strategies That Target Specific Needs. Part IV: On the Road: Getting Out There to Get What You Need. Dobel, Navigating the Legal Byways: Entitlements That Foster Learning. Sharing the Driving: The Rights and Responsibilities of a Collaborative Parent. Resources.