Embracing Autism: Connecting and Communicating with Children in the Autism Spectrum

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 14, 2008 - Education - 174 pages
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Embracing Autism

Since it was first identified in 1943, autism has confounded and frustrated the medical and educational communities. To date, there is no agreed-upon cause and there is no cure. While the physiological aberrations that create autism spectrum disorders (ASD) remain a mystery, the personal perspective of those who live and work with children and adults in the spectrum can be illuminating.

Embracing Autism presents sensitive, sometimes humorous, experience-based stories from teachers, clinicians, and parent activists within the autism community. With insight and heart, this book offers parents and educators a way to better understand the world inhabited by ASD children and adults. Each story is compelling, inspirational, and informational—providing a vital and helpful perspective for anyone who is working or living day-to-day with ASD.

Embracing Autism gives readers encouragement for navigating the uncharted territory of working with an ASD child. As the book explains, while teachers and parents can be well prepared in autism approaches and educational training, they must also be willing to let go of expectations—they must get down to the basic task of getting to know the person beyond the diagnosis.

Filled with passion and hope, Embracing Autism shows what makes people with ASD tick and gives useful information on how they communicate, learn, and ultimately what it takes to help them succeed.

 

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Contents

CHAPTER
1
CHAPTER
6
Relating to ASD Children by Arnold Miller
15
CHAPTER 3
22
CHAPTER 4
31
CHAPTER 5
49
Getting to Know You by Stephen Shore
61
CHAPTER 8
92
CHAPTER 9
105
CHAPTER 10
118
CHAPTER 12
134
The Big Question
157
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Robert Parish is an award-winning journalist with four nationally broadcast public TV documentaries about autism spectrum disorders to his credit. He has produced more than one hundred digital video projects about ASD for educational distribution and hosts a bimonthly program on Autism One Radio (www.autismone.org). Parish's son Jack has been an inspiration to him, his family, and many others. Thousands visit his educational website each month at www.comebackjack.org.

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