The Everything Parent's Guide To Children With Autism: Know What to Expect, Find the Help You Need, and Get Through the Day

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Everything Books, Feb 10, 2004 - Family & Relationships - 304 pages
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A practical guide for parents of an autistic child with advice on diagnosis; coexisting medical conditions; behaviors; communication; meltdowns; the disorder's effects on the parents' marriage, the single parent, siblings, and the extended family; dealing with society; school; adulthood; assistive techniques and technology; challenging obstacles; and other related topics.
  

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Specifically for parents of a child with autism, this book offers practical solutions and advice on handling family and community difficulties. Practical ways to help, and ideas, are discussed. This title is available as an eBook from HighLife Highland Libraries. Read full review

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Contents

The World of Autism
Classical Autism
PDDNOS
Aspergers Syndrome
HighFunctioning Autism
Rett Syndrome
Other Spectrum Disorders
Diagnosis ASD
Dealing with Society
Religious Services
School Functions
Restaurants
Vacations
Starting School
Integration and Special Education
Individual Educational Program

Typical Symptoms
Your Emotional Reaction
Increase in Incidence
A National Epidemic
Other Coexisting Medical Conditions
ObsessiveCompulsive Disorder
Seizures
Vision Problems
Other Physical Challenges
Other Mental Challenges
Behaviors
Flapping
Anger and Aggression
ElopementThe Escaping Child
Communication
Lacking Conceptual Images
Receptive Speech
Expressive Speech
Sign Language
Communication Boards
Other Communication Methods
Meltdowns
Handling a Meltdown in Public
Defusing a Meltdown
Behavior Modification
Discipline
ASD and Effects on the Parents Marriage
How Dad Is Affected
Keeping ASD from Affecting the Marriage
Maintaining and Creating Intimacy
The Importance of Faith
Making Your Spouse a Priority
Valuing Extended Family
Handling Your Work
Friends Hobbies and Everything Else
The Single Parent and the ASD Child
Working and Caring for an ASD Child
Finding Reliable Day Care
Future Relationships
The Possibility of a Stepparent
Concerns of Women
ASD and the Effects an Siblings
Younger Siblings
Growing Up Too Fast
The Isolated Sibling
The Social Impact of Having an ASD Sibling
Considering Future Children
ASD and the Extended Family
The Unique InLaw Problem
Other Family Members
Celebrating Family Holidays
Special Occasions
Further Education
Parents Expectations
Child to Teenager
Emotional Changes of Puberty
Sexuality
Menstruation
Birth Control
Inappropriate Behaviors
Life as an ASD Adult
Residential Living
Providing After You Are Gone
Guardians
Financial Protection
Assistive Techniques and Technologies
Daily Life with the Computer
Hardware That Helps
Useful Software
Service Dogs
Homemade Assistive Devices
Learning Through Toys
Challenging Obstacles
Illness
Running Away
A Missing Child
Safety Concerns
Toilet Training
Intervention for ASD Children
Selecting the Right Physician
The Importance of Qualified Therapists
Possible Treatment Programs
The Experts Vs the Parents
Financial Assistance
Supplemental Security Income
Medical Coverage
Creative Financial Assistance
Respite Care
Custody Issues
Support for Parents
What Is Support?
Finding the Right Support Group
Forming a Support Group
Support on the Internet
The Future of Autism
The Role of the Individual
Looking for Answers
The Impact on Society
Awareness Issues
Glossary
Additional Resources
Index
Copyright

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About the author (2004)

Adelle Jameson Tilton is the former autism guide on About.com and the mother of an autistic son. In the mid-1990s, Ms. Tilton served as Secretary for WAYSAC, a nationally known autism organization in the state of Michigan. A member of the Autism Society of America, she is in communication with various autism groups in the United States including CAN (Cure Autism Now), FEAT (Families for Early Autism Treatment), NIDS Research Institute and Parent Coalition (NeuroImmune Dysfunction Syndrome), and the National Alliance for Autism Research.

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