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Asperger Syndrome in Young Children

A Developmental Approach for Parents and Professionals

Laurie Leventhal-belfer & Cassandra Coe

Focuses on how AS presents in pre-school children. An essential guide for parents coming to terms with their child's AS diagnosis and for the professionals who work with this age group, it is unique in answering pressing questions specific to younger children. How can parents help their AS child to develop speech and language? What help is available at school and home? When, if at all, should a child be informed about AS? Including a useful summary of early childhood development stages, Leventhal-Belfer and Coe provide a diagnostic model based on assessment of the child in contrast to 'neurotypical' children, considering relationships at home, in school or in care. Their book shows how to develop tailored early intervention strategies and to assist parents, teachers and mental health professionals in making informed decisions to nurture the development of AS children.

24x16cm  303 pages  $40.00  

Demystifying the Autistic Experience

A Humanistic introduction for parents, caregivers and educators

William Stillman

Parents, caregivers and educators are often at a loss about how best to support an individual with autism because they are overwhelmed by 'behaviours', inundated with prognoses and clinical jargon, or confused by technical information. This book introduces autism from a non-clinical, humanist perspective, emphasizing that we are all more alike than different. The author deconstructs the fundamental concepts of the autistic experience using language, examples and anecdotes that are concrete and understandable for all. Reinforced for the reader is the importance of listening carefully to what people are telling us about valuing differences, personal passions, communication, and holistic wellness.

22x14cm  176 pages  $33.95  

Early Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorders

A Visual Guide

Patricia O'Brien Towle

Identifying Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as early as possible can have a significant, positive impact on the child's journey to adaptation and independence. Yet too few diagnoses take place at an early, developmentally crucial stage. This unique visual guide aims to equip readers with the skills to recognise ASD in children as young as 15-18 months old.
The book provides a systematic framework for understanding the complex nature of ASD. From social interaction to communication to restricted and repetitive behaviours, each chapter focuses on key symptoms and uses photographs to illustrate and enhance understanding of presenting or absent behaviours. It is written in an accessible style and covers all of the core aspects of ASD, giving readers everything they need to be able to successfully identify the behavioural indicators of autism. A final chapter provides an overview of assessment options for young children being evaluated for possible ASD.

25x17cm  159 pages  $53.95  

Isaac and His Amazing Asperger Superpowers!

Melanie Walsh

Meet Isaac. He's a superhero! He might look like everyone else, but he has a kind of autism called Asperger's. Inside this book he'll tell you all about what it's like to have his Asperger superpowers. An essential book for anyone wishing to understand more about Asperger's Syndrome, and ideal for children. With positive messages, and big bright illustrations this book will help the whole family to appreciate both the challenges faced by children with autism, as well as their 'superhero' strengths.

28x28cm  32 pages  $25.00  

Practical Solutions for Educating Young Children with High Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome

Mary Jane Weiss

Practical Solutions for Educating Young Children with High-Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome is designed to help parents and professionals navigate the challenges for early learners with high-functioning autism (HFA) and Asperger Syndrome (AS). Because their deficits are more subtle, these children may be less understood by educational professionals. This book is a much-needed resource to help teachers understand their younger child with HFA or AS. Throughout Practical Solutions for Educating Young Children with High-Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome, examples are given to highlight useful strategies. In the first chapter, the author builds a foundation by explaining HFA/AS and some typical characteristics, such as sensory issues, attention deficit disorders, and difficulties of socialization. Later in the book, she dedicates an entire chapter to the educational setting and transition planning, including the process of moving into kindergarten or first grade, shadowing, and planning for inclusion. Finally, two in-depth case studies at the end of the book put it all together. Each case study typifies the kinds of challenges common to children with HFA/AS, and synthesizes how the strategies described in the book can be used in combination to maximize success.

22x15cm  242 pages  $38.00