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Helping Children With Autisum Learn : Treatment Approaches for Parents and Professionals

Helping Children With Autisum Learn : Treatment Approaches for Parents and Professionals - 03 edition

Helping Children With Autisum Learn : Treatment Approaches for Parents and Professionals - 03 edition

ISBN13: 9780195325065

ISBN10: 0195325060

Helping Children With Autisum Learn : Treatment Approaches for Parents and Professionals by Bryna Siegel - ISBN 9780195325065
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 2003
International: No
Helping Children With Autisum Learn : Treatment Approaches for Parents and Professionals by Bryna Siegel - ISBN 9780195325065

ISBN13: 9780195325065

ISBN10: 0195325060

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 03

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Summary

Bryna Siegel gives parents of autistic children what they need most: hope. Her first book, The World of the Autistic Child, became an instant classic, illuminating the inaccessible minds of afflicted children. Now she offers an equally insightful, thoroughly practical guide to treating the learning disabilities associated with this heartbreaking disorder.

The trouble with treating autism, Siegel writes, is that it is a spectrum disorder -- a combination of a number of symptoms and causes. To one extent or another, it robs the child of social bonds, language, and intimacy -- but the extent varies dramatically in each case. The key is to understand each case of autism as a discrete set of learning disabilities, each of which must be treated individually. Siegel explains how to take an inventory of a child's particular disabilities, breaks down the various kinds unique to autism, discusses our current knowledge about each, and reviews the existing strategies for treating them. There is no simple cure for this multifarious disorder, she writes; instead, an individual program, with a unique array of specific treatments, must be constructed for each child. She gives practical guidance for fashioning such a program, empowering parents to take the lead in their child's treatment. At the same time, she cautions against the proliferating, but questionable, treatments hawked to afflicted families. She knows the panic to do something, anything, to help an autistic child, and she offers parents reassurance and support as well as sensible advice, combining knowledge from experience, theory, and research.

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