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Understanding Autism : The essential guide for parents

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This is the essential reference for parents and carers of children with autism. Written by two leading experts in the field, this updated edition covers everything from the causes of autism to how it manifests at the various ages and stages of a child's life, as well as diet and nutrition, the importance of self-care for parents, how to cope with common problematic behaviours, conditions that can often appear in conjunction with autism (such as anxiety and depression), and how best to manage the child's transition to adulthood. The authors' warm, supportive voice reassures parents throughout, sorting fact from myth as they provide all the key information in a clear, easily understood format.
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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 127 x 197 x 16mm | 290.3g
  • Empower
  • Chatswood, Australia
  • English
  • New edition
  • Second Edition
  • 1925335712
  • 9781925335712
  • 35,869

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This is a fully updated edition of the essential reference for parents and carers of children with autism.
Written by two leading experts in the field, Understanding Autism explores everything from the causes of autism to how it manifests at the various ages and stages of a child's life. Drawing on the author's years of clinical experience as well as the latest research, chapters cover:
- The key concerns at each stage of development, from toddler to teenager
- How to best support children with autism and capitalise on their strengths
- How to cope with common behavioural challenges
- Conditions that can often appear in conjunction with autism (such as anxiety and ADHD)
- The importance of self-care for parents, and
- How best to manage the child's transition to school and to adulthood

"Understanding Autism gives clear answers to many questions. More importantly, it equips parents with the tools to find out more and assess the latest and future research to best help their son or daughter." - Armadillo Magazine
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Table of contents

Foreword
Chapter 1: What is autism?
Chapter 2: Meet some individuals with autism
Chapter 3: Assessment and diagnosis
Chapter 4: Looking after yourself
Chapter 5: The toddler and preschool years
Chapter 6: Problems in the preschool years
Chapter 7: The primary school years
Chapter 8: Problems in the primary school years
Chapter 9: The secondary school years
Chapter 10: Making sense of new information
Parting words
Endnotes
Glossary
Acknowledgements
Index
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"There has been an explosion of information about autism in recent years, including possible causes and interventions, and parents and carers are faced with the task of sifting through the often - conflicting information to help them cope after a diagnoses. Understanding Autism aims to break through the misinformation and provide parents with the skills to assess new information, to deal with professionals and choose the best path for them and their child" * Rattler * "This book is a must have resource for all parents who have children with autism, especially for those parents who have just received their diagnoses" * Unity QLD * "Understanding Autism is clear and well written. It provides sensible, accessible information and has an air of calm reassurance about it. This book provides a combination of professional advice and personal support, as a knowledgeable friend might."
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About Katrina Williams

Professor Katrina Williams is a paediatrician, public health physician and an internationally recognized clinical epidemiologist. She is the APEX Australia Chair of Developmental Medicine at the University of Melbourne and the Director of the Department of Developmental Medicine at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne. Her current research focus is on autism, and she is a founding member and executive committee member of the Australasian Society for Autism Research. Professor Jacqueline Roberts is the chair of autism in the Autism Centre of Excellence, an initiative of Griffith University. Prior to this, Jacqui worked as a consultant on a variety of national projects in autism. She has a background in teaching and in speech pathology and previously worked in schools for children with autism as a teacher and principal.
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