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A is for Autism, F Is for Friend

A Kid's Book on Making Friends with a Child Who Has Autism

Joanna Keating

Provides a unique glimpse of daily life from the perspective of Chelsea, an 11-year-old girl, who has severe autism. Chelsea sees kids on the playground and at the park and wants to get to know them, but social interaction can be tricky for her. She explains some of her behaviors and challenges and compares them with issues that all kids face. By demystifying her autism, she underscores the many things she and her schoolmates have in common.
Chelsea discusses issues of eye contact and explains echolalia. She cheerfully shows us that if we look closely, we are sometimes more similar than different, and she brings a fun and clear voice for children who cannot articulate the challenges that autism presents.

22x15cm  54 pages  $30.00  

All Birds Have Anxiety

Kathy Hoopman

Life as a bird can be stressful! From worrying about airplanes, windows, and getting enough worms to eat, it is clear that birds can be anxious beings. Through a light-touch, quizzical depiction of bird behaviour, All Birds Have Anxiety uses colourful images and astute explanations to explore with gentle humour what it means to live with anxiety day-to-day, and how to begin to deal with it.
Following the style of the bestselling All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome and All Dogs Have ADHD, wonderful colour photographs express the complex and difficult ideas related to anxiety disorder in an easy-to-understand way. This simple yet profound book validates the deeper everyday experiences of anxiety, provides an empathic understanding of the many symptoms associated with anxiety, and offers compassionate suggestions for change.
The combination of understanding and gentle humour make this the ideal introduction to anxiety disorder for those diagnosed with this condition, their family and friends and those generally interested in understanding anxiety.

21x21cm  72 pages  $24.00  

Andy and his Yellow Frisbee

Mary Thompson

A story that views autism through the eyes of children and parallels the behaviours and feelings of children with autism with their classmates and siblings. Sarah is curious about the yellow frisbee that Andy spins around and around and around. His sister Rosie knows that he has difficulty with words and lives in a world of his own most of the time, but she's relieved when he manages the situation with Sarah - she doesn't always have to protect him. Notes on autism. Picture Story Book

20x25cm  20 pages  $29.00  


Scientific truth about preventing, diagnosing, and treating Autism Spectrum Disorders - and What Parents Can Do Now

Robert Melillo

In this candid, research-based, practical book, Dr Melillo presents the latest scientific explanation for how we have arrived at the point where autism rates are exploding and what we can do about that as a society, and individually, how we can help our children. It includes proven, drug-free strategies that parents can employ to help prevent, detect, and address the autism epidemic for themselves and their families. Explores the latest scientific research, telling us about the role of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors, dispelling myths and replacing them with facts. In addition he presents early warning signs, a prevention pa for parents-to-be, and n intervention program for babies and young children. A most interesting read.

22x15cm  322 pages  $32.00  

Autism and Diet

What You Need to Know

Rosemary Kessick

Parents have been reporting a connection between autism and diet for decades, but for many years the science behind the connection was evasive. Today, we see a growing body of research to back up parental-reported evidence that certain foods and other environmental sources can affect the developing brains of some children, and trigger adverse behavioural episodes.
Written by an autism expert who has witnessed in her own child the dramatic improvement that can be made through dietary intervention, this book offers an 'easily digestible' guide to the science behind the considerations; strategies for implementing a safe diet; a handy list of ingredients to be avoided; as well as a concise bank of essential resources and useful contacts.
This book offers an accessibly concise guide to all aspects of dietary intervention in children with autism, and is an ideal resource for parents, teachers and any other family member or caregiver who needs to know how to help implement a safe and healthy diet for an autistic child.

21x14cm  96 pages  $24.00  

Autism Revolution

Whole-body strategies for making life all it can be

Martha Herbert, Karen Weintraub

Offers a revolutionary new view of autism and a transformative strategy for dealing with it. The author concludes that autism is not a hardwired impairment programmed into a child's genes and destined to remain fixed forever. Instead, it is the result of a cascade of events, many seemingly minor. And while other doctors may dismiss your child's physical symptoms--the anxiety, sensory overload, sleeplessness, frequent illnesses or seizures--as coincidental or irrelevant, Dr. Herbert sees them as vital clues to what the underlying problems are, and how to help. Drawing from the newest research, technologies, and insights, as well as inspiring case studies of both children and adults, the author guides you toward restoring health and resiliency in your loved one with autism. Her specific recommendations aim to provide optimal nutrition, reduce toxic exposures, limit stress, and open the door to learning and creativity. As thousands of families who have cobbled together these solutions themselves already know, this program can have dramatic benefits--for your child with autism, and for you, your whole family, and perhaps your next baby as well. "Invaluable . . . a must-read . . . Dr. Martha Herbert gets it. She not only gets it, but she puts it out there in an awesome book so the rest of us can get it, too."--Autism Watch "[Herbert] goes further than most autism specialists. Her impressive science background merges with common sense and even intuitive sense [making] complex scientific and medical materials seamlessly blend with a holistic viewpoint."--Relieve Autism "Hope and practical guidance . . . With this easy-to-read book, parents can gain wisdom on how to guide your child to achieve a healthy and thriving life."--Mom Central

21x13cm  302 pages  $26.00  

Autism spectrum Disorders

What Every Parent Needs to Know

Alan Rosenblatt, Paul Carbone

Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Every Parent Needs to Know is an invaluable resource for parents and caregivers of children who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Prepared under the editorial direction of 2 distinguished pediatricians who are autism experts - one of whom is also the parent of an autistic son - this book helps you understand how ASDs are defined and diagnosed and provides you with information on the most current types of behavioural and developmental therapies.

23x18cm  319 pages  $28.00  

Autistic? How Silly Is That!

I don't need any labels at all

Lynda Farrington Wilson

from the author - This book is my advocacy, to help the world see the exceptional brilliance in our children with autism. There isn't a day that goes by that I am not in awe of my son's mind and how he approaches the world in a way unlike mine, but better in so many ways. I've often thought that perhaps the pureness of mind and spirit that people on the autism spectrum bring to us may be an evolution that is meant to heal our broken world and even our hearts. I am mindful that my son's success will be built upon opportunity, not a restrictive label that may bring fear, prejudice, and alienation. I hope you enjoy A-U-T-I-S-T-I-C? How Silly Is That!, my poignant yet lighthearted approach to educating people of all ages about how autism is just a small part of a whole person.

20 pages  $25.00  

Book about What Autism Can Be Like

Sue adams

Chris and Andrew are very good friends, but sometimes Chris does things that Andrew doesn't understand. Chris can hear a fly buzzing when it's a mile away! But he doesn't like bright flashing lights like the ones on Andrew's favourite arcade game. Chris and Andrew have lots of fun together, but at times they laugh at completely different things - it doesn't matter though, because everyone is different, and being different can be rather cool!
Chris and Andrew are here to help people understand the experiences of a child with autism, and how others can help by understanding how they are different, and recognising their many unique talents.
This fully-illustrated book is targeted at boys and girls aged 5+, and also serves as an excellent starting point for family and classroom discussions.

22x15cm  44 pages  $15.95  

Boy Who Loved Windows

Opening the Heart and Mind of a Child Threatened with Autism

Patrica Stacy

This enthralling memoir revels the darkest fears, struggles, exhaustion, tiny victories, and eventually joy of a family dealing with their son's autism.

22x16cm  300 pages  $29.95  

Building Bridges Through Sensory Integration

Therapy for Children with Autism and Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders - 3rd edition

Ellen Yack, Paula Aquilla, Shirley Sutton

Written by three experienced occupational therapists, this book offers a combination of theory and strategies. It is a perfect tool for those working with young children, but also broad enough to be adapted for older children and adults. "Building Bridges "provides creative techniques and useful tips while offering innovative strategies and practical advice for dealing with everyday challenges, including managing behaviours, improving muscle tone, developing social skills, selecting diets, and more. Part one explains the role of the occupational therapists in treatment and examines sensory integration theories. Part two offers methods of identifying sensory problems in children along with numerous strategies and activities. Helpful topics include: What is Occupational Therapy? What is Sensory Integration? What are the Sensory Systems? Identifying Problems with Sensory Integration Strategies for Challenging Behaviors Ideas for Self Care Skills Adapting Home, School, and Child Care Settings

28x22cm  294 pages  $53.95  

Building Social Relationships

A Systematic Approach to Teaching Social Interaction Skills to Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders 2nd ed

Scott Bellini

Parents and professionals often ask how to teach social skills and how to design social skills programs for children with ASD. Often they are seeking answers to basic questions such as ?where do we start? and ?what strategies do we use?? This book addresses the need for social programming for children and adolescents with ASD by providing a comprehensive five-step model. The model incorporates the following fives steps: assess social functioning, distinguish between skill acquisition and performance deficits, select intervention strategies, implement intervention, and evaluate and monitor progress. This model will also show you how to organize and make sense of the myriad of social skills strategies and resources currently available to parents and professionals ? it is not meant to replace other resources or strategies, but synthesize them into one comprehensive program.

22x28cm  270 pages  $90.00  

Can't Eat, Won't Eat

Dietary Difficulties and Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Brenda Legge

Finding out that your child has Asperger Syndrome can be devastating enough, but when you discover that he or she won't eat 99.9 per cent of all food and drink in the known universe, the fun really starts. This was the situation the author found herself in a decade ago when her son first took a dislike to milk, and then to virtually every other substance she attempted to feed him. Her book was written to reassure other parents that there are lots of people out there in the same boat, and to suggest practical methods of dealing with the problem. As well as drawing on her own experience, the author has spoken to parents, children, and professionals with first-hand knowledge of dietary difficulties, and their advice and comments form a key part of the book.

23x16cm  208 pages  $29.95  

Children with Starving Brains

A Medical Treatment Guide for Autism Specrum Disorder (3RD ed.)

Jacquelyn McCandless

Children With Starving Brains is a message of hope in the midst of a worldwide epidemic of autism, ADD and ADHD. This is the first book written by an experienced clinician that gives a step-by-step treatment guide for parents and doctors based on the understanding that ASD is a complex biomedical illness resulting in significant brain malnutrition.
Genetic susceptibility activated by triggers such as pesticides and heavy metals in vaccines can lead to immune system impairment, gut dysfunction, and pathogen invasion such as yeast and viruses in many children. The author describes important diagnostic tools needed to select appropriate treatment programs. Her book explains major therapies newly available and identifies safe and effective options for parents and physicians working together to improve the health of these special children.

23x16cm  377 pages  $52.00  

Classroom Pivotal Response Teaching for Children with Autism [With DVD ROM]

Aubyn Stahmer, Jessica Suhrheinrich, Sarah Reed, Laura Schreibman, Cynthia Bolduc

Classroom Pivotal Response Teaching (CPRT) enhances children's motivation and participation in learning; increases the number of learning opportunities they experience each day; and promotes mastery of targeted communication, play, social, and academic skills.

27x20cm  210 pages  $71.00  

Counselling People on the Autism Spectrum

A Practical Manual

Katherine Paxon & Irene A Estay

This comprehensive book shows how to develop the tools necessary to help people on the spectrum cope with their emotions, anxieties, and confusion about the often overwhelming world that surrounds them. Illustrated with useful case studies, it covers a range situations where counselling may be helpful for individuals with ASD, both children and adults, families where a member is on the spectrum, and couples where a partner has ASD. It also addresses specific issues, including depression, anxiety, emotional regulation, social skills, and stress, with effective strategies for dealing with each issue. As well as being indispensable for counsellors, this book provides valuable information and advice for anyone working with people and families affected by ASDs.

23x15cm  207 pages  $38.95  

Dasha's Journal

A Cat Reflects on Life, Catness and Autism

T O Daria

Just a few weeks old, Dasha the cat found herself in a family with an autistic child. The feline perspective provides a new outlook on autism conditions, challenging long established stereotypes and analysing controversies in the field with an unbiased attitude and humour.
The feline perspective provides a new outlook on autism conditions, challenging long established stereotypes and analysing controversies in the field with an unbiased attitude and humour. The text is interspersed with Dasha's 'wisdoms', 'research notes' and definitions of concepts based on her own understanding, such as 'A pet shop is a place where humans come to be adopted by the animals who are brave enough to take a responsibility of looking after them.' Dasha's Journal provides research-based information in an amusing and accessible form and makes serious and complicated issues such as sensory perception, memory, communication, savant skills and challenging behaviours in autism easily understandable for the general reader.

22x14cm  172 pages  $34.95  

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  

Different Like Me

My Book of Autism Heroes

Jennifer Elder

Introduces children aged 8-12 to inspirational famous and historical figures from the worlds of science, art, math, literature, philosophy and comedy including - Albert Einstein, Dian Fossey, Andy Warhol, Alan Turig, Lewis Carroll, Isaac Newton and Temple Grandin among others.
A valuable resource for those associated with autism, which can also assist those with autism to understand more about their diagnosis.

20x26cm  48 pages  $29.00  

Do You Understand Me?

My Life, My Thoughts, My Autism Spectrum Disorder

Sofie Koborg Brosen

Sofie Koborg Brosen is eleven years old and, like other children of her age, goes to a mainstream school, loves reading comics and being with her family and her cat, Teddy. But Sofie is not the same as everyone else - she has autism spectrum disorder. Misunderstood by her classmates, she has written a book about her world so others can learn to understand her, and vice versa.
This fully illustrated book is an invaluable resource for teachers, parents, carers, support workers, children with autism spectrum disorders and their classmates.

15x21cm  51 pages  $37.95  

Does My Child Have Autism?:

Parent's Guide to Early Detection and Intervention in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Wendy Stone

The most crucial aspect of treating and helping kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is catching it early and beginning treatment before it's too late. In this book, Stone provides specific checklists of symptoms to watch for and a screening test that everyone can use at home.

22x14cm  206 pages  $22.95  

Empowered Autism Parenting

Celebrating (and Defending) Your Child's Place in the World

William Stillman

In this thought-provoking book, William Stillman, an adult with Asperger's Syndrome, offers hope and real-world information for parents of children with autism. The author clears aside the common misperceptions of autism to reveal the truth: people with autism are intelligent, insightful, and inspired human beings entitled to participate and contribute to the fullest. He also shatters myths about high-cost therapies and "autism medications"--grist for an industry that promotes a culture of fear about autism.

23x15cm  206 pages  $30.00  

Encouraging Appropriate Behavior for Children on the Autism Spectrum

Frequently Asked Questions

Shira Richman

Written in an accessible question-and-answer format for easy navigation, this book provides detailed, practical answers the real questions asked by parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). One hundred questions, organized by topic, cover common everyday problems, from advice on what to do if your autistic child routinely runs away when in the supermarket to tips on how to stop him from spRichman outlines succinct behavioural plans to help parents and professionals encourage appropriate behavior and help their child make progress with learning positive behavioral patterns. She also offers advice on how to recognise maladaptive behaviors and explains the reasoning behind taking a proactive approach with children on the autism spectrum.itting.

17x22cm  220 pages  $39.95  

Engaging Autism

Using the Floortime Approach to Help Children Relate, Communicate, and Think

Stanley Greenspan

From the authors of the timeless classic "The Child with Special Needs" comes their long-awaited landmark guide to autism and autistic spectrum disorders.
Covering all types of ASD, including Asperger's Syndrome, from the earliest signs in infancy through the schol years - and on into adulthood.
Wonderful Stanley Greenspan, he is a gem.

22x15cm  434 pages  $49.00  

Essentials of Autism Spectrum Disorders Evaluation and Assessment

Celine Saulnier, Pamela Ventola

With both the detection and awareness of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) on the rise, there is an urgent need for an increasing number of professionals to not only learn about the nature and course of the various autism spectrum disorders, but also to know how to identify, assess, and diagnose the presence of these disorders. Essentials of Autism Spectrum Disorders Evaluation and Assessment addresses the main domains of assessment, defines the purpose of the assessment, suggests test instruments, and discusses the unique clinical applications of each instrument to the diagnosis of ASD.
Providing an in-depth look at ASD evaluation and assessment, this straightforward book includes samples of integrated reports from comprehensive model diagnostic evaluations and prepares clinical and school psychologists, as well as speech and language pathologists, to effectively evaluate and assess ASD.

22x14cm  222 pages  $47.95  

Everyday Education

Visual Support for Children with Autism

Pernille Dyrbjerg & Maria Vedel

Visual support aids can be highly effective tools for increasing levels of communication and independence in children with autism, who often have difficulty interpreting spoken language and non-verbal facial expressions. Fully illustrated with inspiring examples, Everyday Education provides a wealth of ideas for creating visual support aids for children on the autism spectrum. Photographs and clear, practical explanations describe how these tools can be arranged helpfully around the home for the child to use. The authors describe how visual support aids can be used in all kinds of everyday situations, from labeling ? for example, sticking a picture of a dinner plate with a knife and fork to the chair in which the child sits at meal times ? to putting together a pictorial activities schedule for the child to refer to. This fun and encouraging book will be a valuable source of ideas for parents of children with autism and professionals working with them.

24x17cm  127 pages  $38.95  

Facial Expressions

A Visual Reference for Artists

Mark Simon

We're often asked for resources that show human faces expressing human emotions. This book has more than 3000 photographs of the faces of 50 males and females expressing an extensive range of moods and emotions - shown from multiple angles - in a series of sequential-expression photos.
While the intention of this book is as a reference for artists, we hope it might be useful when teaching children - especially those on the on the Autism Spectrum - about faces and emotions.

27x23cm  256 pages  $33.00  

From Anxiety to Meltdown

How Individuals on the Autism Spectrum Deal with Anxiety, Experience Meltdowns, Manifest Tantrums, and How You Can Intervene effectively

Deborah Lipsky

Anxiety is the root cause of many of the difficulties experienced by people on the autism spectrum, and is often caused by things such as a change in routine, or sensory overload. This book takes a practical look at what happens when things spiral out of control, exploring what leads to meltdowns and and tantrums, and what can be done to help.
Drawing on her own extensive personal experience and using real-life examples to explain how autistic people think, the author distinguishes between meltdowns and tantrums, showing how they are different, how each can begin, and most importantly, how to identify triggers and prevent outbursts from happening in the first place. Practical and simple solutions to avoiding anxiety are offered throughout, and these are accompanied by calming techniques and suggestions for dealing with tantrums when they occur.
This book will be an essential read for those on the autism spectrum, their families and friends, professionals working with them, and anybody else with an interest in autism spectrum conditions.

23x15cm  236 pages  $37.95  

Getting the Picture

Inference and Narrative Skills for Young People with Communication Difficulties

David Nash

Young people with communication difficulties often struggle in social situations, as without adequate inference, narrative and sequencing skills, correctly interpreting and responding to other people can be a real challenge. This fully photocopiable resource has been designed to improve these skills in the way this population can often learn best - visually.

This book is brimming with thought-provoking illustrations of different people in different places, all of which are accompanied by a series of questions designed to encourage prediction and inference skills. Participants are asked to consider everything from who the person in the picture is, what they might be doing, and where they might be going, to how they may be feeling and why. Questions can either be completed individually or brainstormed as a group, and there are three types of illustration to work with - single person, picture sequence, or large scenes containing several interactions. The final section teaches important sequencing skills by providing muddled picture narratives that need to be ordered.

This book will be a valuable tool for speech and language therapists/pathologists, occupational therapists, special educators, parents and anybody else looking to help young people with communication difficulties to understand and connect with the world around them.

22x28cm  109 pages  $43.95  

Giggle Time

A Program to Develop the Communication Skills of Children with Autism

Susan Sonders

Giggle Time is a step-by-step program for parents, teachers and other professionals to help develop the non-verbal, verbal and social reciprocity skills of children with autism. It describes in accessible detail how to communicate with children with autism and gives clear instructions on "how to" techniques for developing language skills. Specifically addressing developmental delays, Giggle Time helps to lay the necessary framework for future language growth by turning the actions the child initiates into interactions with meaning. This is a user-friendly guide, packed full of fun and child-centered exercises that can be carried out at home or in the classroom.

24x17cm  224 pages  $35.95  

Girls Growing Up On The Autism Spectrum

What Parents and Professionals Should Know about the Pre-Teen and Teenage Years

Shama Nichols

Growing up isn't easy, and the trials and tribulations of being a teenager can be particularly confusing for girls with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). This book covers all the concerns commonly faced by girls with ASDs and their parents, from periods and puberty to worries over friendships and "fitting in". Taking a good look at these adolescent issues, and many more, within the context of specific areas of difficulty for girls with ASDs, the authors provide families with the knowledge and advice they need to help their daughters - and the whole family - through the teenage years. This book addresses core issues such as cognition, communication, behavior, sensory sensitivities, and social difficulties; it gives candid and realistic advice on a wide range of important teenage topics. Providing professional perspectives alongside personal experiences from mothers, daughters and educators, this is a unique and indispensible guide for families and their daughters with ASDs, as well as the teachers and professionals who work with them.

22x15cm  345 pages  $45.95  

Growing Up With Autism

Working with School-Age Children and Adolescents

Robin Gabriels

This is a practical book on an often overlooked group: older children with autism. With hands-on suggestions plus an overview of research, it is designed to help a range of mental health and school professionals who deal with autism. It addresses individual, family, school, and community contexts, and includes a reproducible child and caregiver assessment form.

22x16cm  302 pages  $56.95  

Guiding Your Teenager with Special Needs Through the Transition from School to Adult Life

Tools for Parents

Mary Korpi

When teenagers with special needs transition from school to adult life, both they and their families are faced with many new decisions and challenges. This book provides practical advice and valuable information to help families prepare themselves and their teenager for that transition, allowing it to happen as smoothly and seamlessly as possible.
Highlights the impact of moving from the special education system to the reality of adult life and employment and emphasises the need for young adults to develop self-advocacy skills by being included in all decisions and discussions about their future. The first part of the book focuses on specific techniques parents can incorporate into the family's everyday routines that will enhance the development of essential life skills. The second part provides families with vital information on programs and support services available to adults with special needs. It also stresses the importance of developing an effective transition plan to help the teenager explore avenues that are suitable to his or her personal goals and abilities.
An essential guide to this critical transition period, this book is invaluable reading for families of teenagers with disabilities who are preparing to move on from school life.

21x14cm  144 pages  $35.95  

Heart of Autism

Motivational Intervention Strategies for Caregivers & Professionals

Jennifer Abeles

This powerful, comprehensive guide to autism intervention and education will empower you with the skills and motivation to foster success in young people with autism. Each page is packed with an uplifting blend of practical strategies, experience-based wisdom, and heart-fueling inspiration that will help caregivers and professionals apply the techniques and attitudes that have made author Jennifer Abeles one of the most respected professionals in the autism community today. Her unique, effective, child-centered approach to autism has already improved the lives of countless individuals living with autism. Your child or student is next!

23x15cm  162 pages  $39.95  

Hidden Curriculum

Practical Solutions for Understanding Unstated Rules in Social Situations

Brenda Smith Myles

This book offers practical suggestions and advice for how to teach and learn those subtle messages that most people seem to pick up almost automatically but that have to be directly taught to individuals with social-cognitive challenges. Given the serious consequences that can befall a person who violates a social rule, the strategies and detailed lists of curriculum items make The Hidden Curriculum a much-needed resource.

27x20cm  64 pages  $46.95  

Hints and Tips for Helping Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Useful Strategies for Home, School, and the Community

Dion E Betts, Nancy J Patrick

If you have a child on the autism spectrum who struggles with the challenges of daily life, then this book is for you! Hints and Tips… is peppered with vignettes and stories of real-life situations and successes, and offers clever ideas for tackling everyday difficulties, such as bathing, bedtime, school trips, and selecting the right child minder.
Provides creative, practical strategies to help parents and caregivers to support their child, and to enable their child to develop the social skills needed to manage and enjoy daily life to the fullest. The book is split into five parts: home life, hygiene, community, medical, and schools and organizations. Common problem areas are also tackled in a toolkit section, which includes checklists, 'to do' lists, visual schedules, and mnemonics to aid memory and retrieval.
Hints and Tips for Helping Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders is an essential aid for parents and carers to make small and simple changes that result in big improvements in the quality of life of children, their families, and carers.

23x16cm  176 pages  $29.95  

Homespun Remedies

Strategies in the Home and Community for Children with Autism Spectrum and Other Disorders

Dion e Betts and Nancy J Patrick

Provides creative, practical strategies for helping children with ASDs to function effectively at home and in the community. Encourages parents and carers to think in autism - to take the perspective of an ASD chid and work to make their environment a friendlier place. Advocates small and simple changes that result in big improvements in the quality of life for children, their families and carers.

16x23cm  159 pages  $36.95  

How to Talk to Parents about Autism

Roy Sanders

Facing parents' fears and dealing compassionately and professionally with families. Professionals working with parents of autistic children not only face the challenges of treating the child but also must deal with the stresses of the family. A leading child psychiatrist and father of an autistic child shares professional advice about treatments, answering families' questions, and providing them with realistic expectations

21x14cm  256 pages  $37.95  

How to Understand Autism – The Easy Way

Alex Durig

This clear and accessible introduction to autism, provides a host of ideas and examples that enable the reader to understand the phenomenon of autism, recognize different kinds of autistic perception and behaviour, and prepare for interaction with autistic people. To help 'normal' people understand and lose their fear of autism, the notions of 'slight' autism, being or becoming 'autism-friendly', and the mental well-being of autistic people is discussed. The author explains how autistic perception 'works' and how it yields autistic behaviours', to enable readers to see the world through the eyes of an autistic person, and thus change the way they perceive autism.

22x14cm  144 pages  $26.95  

Imitation and the Social Mind: Autism and Typical Development

Sally Rodgers

From earliest infancy, a typically developing child imitates or mirrors the facial expressions, postures and gestures, and emotional behavior of others. Where does this capacity come from, and what function does it serve? What happens when imitation is impaired? Synthesizing cutting-edge research emerging from a range of disciplines, this important book examines the role of imitation in both autism and typical development. Topics include the neural and evolutionary bases of imitation, its pivotal connections to language development and relationships, and how early imitative deficits in autism might help explain the more overt social and communication problems of older children and adults.

24x18cm  466 pages  $125.00  

Interactive Play for Children with Autism

Diana Seach

This is a comprehensive guide to establishing shared play experiences that assist in the development of communication, social understanding and cognition. Easily accessible, and packed full of practical resources, the book defines the importance of play both developmentally and psychologically as having a major influence on the enrichment of meaningful interactions and childrens learning. Diana Seach expertly discusses how play enables children with autism to: represent their knowledge of the world and their relationships with others spontaneously explore ways of thinking about themselves and the objects they encounter develop communication and companionship discover motivating ways to learn extend their imagination and creative potential. Those who live and work with children who have autism and Asperger syndrome will find Interactive Play for Children with Autism an invaluable tool when implementing strategies to develop interactive play in educational establishments, care settings and the family home.

23x15cm  218 pages  $60.00  

Kids in the Syndrome Mix

Of ADHD, LD, Autism Spectrum, Tourette's, Anxiety and More!: The One Stop Guide for Parents, Teachers and Other Professionals Revised ed

Martin Kutscher

The completely updated and expanded new edition of this well-established text incorporates DSM-5 changes as well as other new developments. The all-in-one guide covers the whole range of often co-existing neuro-behavioral disorders in children from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety, to autism spectrum disorders, nonverbal learning disabilities, Tourette's, sensory integration problems, and executive dysfunction.

256 pages  $42.95  

Little Book of the Autism Spectrum

Samantha Todd

This little book allows anyone who lives or works which children with autism to understand their world through an 'autism lens'.
This book provides information to develop an understanding of autism and delivers evidence-based strategies for communication, social interaction and the emotional, behavioural and sensory challenges faced by young people with autism.

18x13cm  203 pages  $28.95  

Making Sense of Autism

Travis Thompson

This enlightening book is an ideal "autism primer"--the one to read first to get a solid understanding of what autism is, how it affects behavior and learning, and how professionals and families can effectively work with and care for children with autism from preschool through elementary school. Expertly translating research and science, highly respected autism authority Travis Thompson gives readers plain and simple explanations of brain development and differences in children with autism, curricular and environmental adaptations, positive behavior support, types of early intervention and assessment, controversies surrounding autism treatments, and more. With this reliable, accessible resource, readers will learn to see the world through the eyes of children with autism and address the issues they and their families face on a daily basis.

22x15cm  226 pages  $55.00  

Motivate to Communicate!

300 Games and Activities for Your Child with Autism

Simone Griffin (Aust), Dianne Sandler

This practical resource is brimming with exciting ideas and guidance for motivating children with autism and other communication difficulties. The clear, user-friendly format enables quick access to over 300 practical, fun-filled games and activities for developing your child's communication skills.
The book suggests creative ways to use everyday toys and objects. For example, if your child likes to pop bubbles, perhaps he would also enjoy counting bubbles, catching bubbles on a wand, stomping them with his feet or even playing bubble volleyball! The innovative ideas in this book have been developed over 40 years of clinical and educational experience, and are designed to be fun for both the adult and the child. All resources mentioned in this book are readily available and can be used to advance communication skills at all levels, from reaching out for an item, to extending verbal communication.
Motivate to Communicate! is perfect for supporting parents, care-givers and professionals in motivating and developing the communication skills of children on the autism spectrum.

23x15cm  208 pages  $29.95  

Mum, Is that a human being or an animal?

Hilde De Clercq

This beautifully written, informative book provides a mother's original process of understanding the autism characteristics of her son so that she could better understand and helpfully parent him.
She speaks of his attention to details and how his organization of these details impacts on his ability to process concepts and communicate as we do. His hypersensitivity and perfectionism also play a role. This book provides an incredibly incisive look at how autism can impact on life and learning.

23x16cm  99 pages  $44.95  

My Parent has a Autism Spectrum Disorder

A Workbook for children and teens

Barbara Lester

Growing up with a parent on the autism spectrum can be difficult, and children and teens may struggle to understand why their parent is different from others. It can be equally difficult for parents with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to explain their unique set of strengths and challenges to their child in a sensitive and positive manner, and any adult faced with this situation will be in need of a helping hand. This supportive workbook has been designed with precisely this purpose in mind. In child-friendly language, the author describes the common characteristics of ASD, and encourages children to think about how the world might look from their parent's perspective. Topics covered include social and emotional difficulties, communication differences, sensory issues, body language, special interests, and how the child might go about explaining their parent's differences to other children, taking into account that some parents may not wish for their diagnosis to be known beyond the family. Each chapter concludes with a worksheet for the parent and child to complete together, helping them to understand each other better and to develop strategies together for dealing with particular areas of difficulty. This workbook is an essential tool for any family with a parent on the autism spectrum, and is suitable for children and teens of all ages, whether or not they are on the autism spectrum. It will also be a useful resource for professionals who work with such families.

24x17cm  108 pages  $26.00  

Natural Medicine Guide to Autism

Stephanie Marohn

Autism is now an epidemic in the U.S. and rising by as much as 1,000 percent in some areas. This book explores the reasons why this is happening and offers information about effective treatment options that can ameliorate or even reverse the disorder.

20x13cm  285 pages  $36.00  

Nobody Nowhere

The Remarkable Autobiography of an Autistic Girl - Revised Edition

Donna Williams

Donna Williams was a child with more labels than a jam jar; deaf, wild, disturbed, stupid, insane… In her own words, she was a Nobody Nowhere as she swung violently between a battle to join the world and a battle to keep the world out, a battle she waged from where she lived in what she called 'a world under glass'. Nobody Nowhere is disturbing, eloquent and ticklishly funny: an account of the soul of someone who lived the word 'autism' and survived an unsympathetic environment despite intense inner chaos and incomprehension. Despite the odds, Donna came to live independently, achieve a place at university and write this incredible international bestseller, now in over 14 languages throughout the world. This is a book that will stay with you as one of the most exceptional works you will ever read.
Somebody Somewhere: Breaking Free from the World of Autism, and Like Colour to the Blind : Soul Searching and Soul Finding take up Donna's story at the point at which this volume leaves off.

23x16cm  192 pages  $29.95  

Out and About

Preparing Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders to Participate in Their Communities

Jill Hudson

Short, to-the-point resources that will be used again and again by parents and educators. The focus is on the every day, how to enable and support individuals on the autism spectrum to participate, to the maximum extent possible, in the community around them. In this simple book, the authors provide a framework for identifying the areas where an individual with ASD may need support to participate more fully and successfully in community activities. The framework, created as a Blueprint to be filled in, depending on the child and the outing being planned, lists 10 areas identified in best practice as effective types of support for children with ASD. Areas includewaiting plan, communication, social, visual, hidden curriculum, sensory, motivation, behavior, transition, and siblings or other students.

27x21cm  78 pages  $35.00  

Parenting Girls on the Autism Spectrum

Overcoming the Challenges and Celebrating the Gifts

Eileen Riley-Hall

This book is a celebration of all the wonderful and unexpected gifts that having a daughter on the autism spectrum can bring to a family. Each chapter offers encouragement and guidance on issues such as school, friendships, meltdowns, special gifts, family relationships, therapies and interventions. Having daughters on the spectrum presents unique and rewarding challenges and this book is packed with friendly advice and real life examples from a mother who has experienced it all first hand.

23x15cm  240 pages  $35.95  

Passionate Mind

How People with Autism Learn

Wendy Lawson

Lawson explains that whereas neurotypical people can easily shift their attention from one interest to another, those on the autism spectrum tend to focus on a single theme at any one time. This leads to a deep, intense attention. A theory that she calls Single Attention and Associated Cognition in Autism (SAACA) Lawson describes practical outcomes for individuals, families, educators and employers.

224 pages  $  

Personal Space Camp Activity and Idea Book

Julia Cook

An activity book to go along with Personal Space Camp, by Julia Cook. Use as a supplementary teacher's guide with the storybook. Full of discussion questions and exercises to share with students.

27x21cm  24 pages  $18.00  

Practical Behaviour Management Solutions for Children and Teens with Autism

The 5P Approach

Linda Miller

Children and young people with autistic spectrum disorders present many challenges to the people who care for them. 'Difficult' or challenging behaviour is often encountered on a daily basis, and it is easy for both parents and professionals to feel completely overwhelmed by its sheer range and complexity. Where do you start? What happens when, in managing one set of problems, another gets worse? Is there some way to tackle difficulties before they get out of hand, or even before they arise?

Practical Behaviour Management Solutions for Children and Teens with Autism answers these questions and provides practical solutions that really work. It offers a complete framework for behaviour intervention which has its roots in prevention and good practice, with an emphasis on promoting and encouraging the development of skills and independence. From identifying behaviour and understanding the root causes, through to planning and implementing a comprehensive intervention programme, this book is packed with practical strategies and expert guidance. While clearly defining the steps you need to take, it also allows for flexibility according to need and individual contexts.

Designed specifically for parents and teachers, and complete with photocopiable tools, this book will provide structured yet flexible guidance for all parents and professionals supporting a child or young person on the autism spectrum.

28x21cm  175 pages  $39.95  

Reaching and Teaching the Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Using Learning Preferences and Strengths

Heather MacKenzie

Reaching and Teaching Children with Autism provides a positive approach to understanding and educating children on the autism spectrum. The book gives greater insight into the perspective and behavior of a child with autism and explores how the child's learning preferences, strengths and interests can be used to facilitate learning and enhance motivation. Based on well-researched theory and extensive clinical experience, the author provides a comprehensive model for developing lifelong independent learning skills in children with autism between the ages of 3 and 12 years old. The book describes the underlying principles, learning preferences and strengths typical of children with autism and offers a detailed but flexible program structure based on these concepts. Easy to follow activities and approaches are described in each chapter, along with clear examples and illustrations. This accessible and practical book is an essential resource for parents, teachers, support workers, therapists and others concerned with learning and development in children with autism

27x17cm  272 pages  $37.95  

Right from the Start

Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism

Sandra Harris, Mary Jane Weiss

This revised an updated edition for parents of children with autism describes the critical compenents of an Early Intensive Behavioral Interventon program, a highly effective treatment based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Parents of young children with autism, ages 18 months to 5 years, learn what to look for in an ABA program. New information covers the latest research on the benefits of Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention, the types of instruction used, the professionals involved, and the pros and cons of home-based versus school programs. The authors authoritative information gives families the confidence they need to make an educated evaluation of an intervention program that will be most effective for their child with autism.

22x14cm  175 pages  $36.00  

Russell's World

A Story for Kids about Autism

Charles Amenta

The story focuses on Amenta's son Russell at age nine, the ways his autism manifested in his daily life, and how it affected his family.

21x21cm  32 pages  $25.00  

Sensory Perceptual Issues in Autism and Asperger Syndrome

Different Sensory Experiences - Different Perceptual Worlds (2ND ed.)

Olga Bogdashina

Completely revised and updated, this book focuses on sensory perceptual problems as identified by individuals on the autism spectrum.
Despite frequently being identified by individuals with autism as one of the main problems they face, sensory perceptual issues are still often overlooked by professionals. The author covers the sensory perceptual experiences and sensitivities seen in autism spectrum conditions, and the cognitive differences caused by them. She considers assessment and intervention, and makes practical recommendations for selecting appropriate methods and techniques to eliminate sensory perceptual problems and enhance individual strengths.
Brought up-to-date with current research and the latest thinking on autism, this book enables teachers, parents, professionals and individuals with autism fully to understand and address the problematic aspects of the sensory perceptual differences of people with autism spectrum conditions.

22x15cm  288 pages  $36.95  

Siblings of Children with Autism

A Guide for Families - 2nd edition

Sandra Harris, Beth Glasberg

Since 1994, SIBLINGS OF CHILDREN WITH AUTISM has been helping parents meet the needs of siblings in families of children with autism.
During many years in clinical practice, the authors have worked with hundreds of families and seen firsthand how siblings can become overshadowed by the intensive focus on a child with autism. This common occurrence is only one of the many sibling issues that parents and professionals should not only be sensitive to, but ready to address.
Now in a brand new and expanded edition the basics of sibling relationships and the complexities that surface in families of children with autism are explored. Chapters cover how to explain autism to siblings, how to get siblings to share their feelings and concerns, how to master the family balancing act, and how to foster play between siblings. New chapters have been added concerning what siblings actually believe or understand about autism at different ages and how autism continues to impact adult sibling relationships, careers, and caregiver roles.
Throughout the book, there are stories about individual families, giving readers points of comparison and helpful insights along the way. The direct challenges of raising a child with autism are well known to parents. But it is important for parents to also see autism through the eyes of their other children. For families looking for guidance on sibling issues and autism, the new edition addresses a multitude of their concerns and questions, and also offers advice on how to seek support from a family therapist or other professional when more intensive help is needed.

22x14cm  180 pages  $34.00  

Signs of Autism in Infants

Recognition and Early Intervention

Stella Acquarone

This book brings hope where despair has prevailed. It offers the prospect of early detection of prodromal signs of autism and the possibility of effective therapeutic mitigation. Directed at the clinical practitioners who must build bridges between theory and practice, this book combines what we know with what we know that works, all for the betterment of the babies and their families. Early intervention is the treatment, the tool of the clinician, because it sits somewhere between prevention and acute care. The advances described in the book-from the medical, biological and psychological sciences-have extended our reach for better outcomes into the preverbal, the unconscious and the mental matrices that define our behavior. Stella Acquarone and her colleagues show us that we can recognize the signs of autism in infants and intervene early-and that these interventions have proved successful.

22x15cm  269 pages  $56.95  

Simple Low-Cost Games and Activities for Sensorimotor Learning

A Sourcebook of Ideas for Young Children Including Those with Autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Other Learning Differences

Lisa Kurtz

This practical sourcebook is packed full of fun, low-cost games and activities that encourage the development of motor skills, coordination and sensory tolerance in young children.
Using materials that are readily-available in most households or that can be purchased or homemade at a very low cost, these games and activities are appropriate for all children, including those with autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, and other learning challenges. The book includes clear descriptions of how to carry out each activity, helpful illustrations, and ways to adapt activities according to the child's individual needs. In addition, a comprehensive reference guide to the activities enables easy searching for games suited to the development of particular skills.
This sourcebook is the key to easy-to-understand, low-cost, and effective games and activities that will support the development of sensorimotor skills. It is a useful tool for parents, carers, therapists, and teachers of children with or without special needs.

23x15cm  176 pages  $33.95  

Sleep Difficulties and Autism Spectrum Disorders

A Guide for Parents and Professionals

Kenneth Aitken

Problems with sleeping are common and make life difficult for the individual who is affected and for those around them. Sleep difficulties are particularly prevalent amongst people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and often cause or worsen other difficulties.
This comprehensive guide to the management of sleep problems, introduces all the proven remedies and focuses on the problems commonly found in ASDs and related conditions. The author discusses sleep in depth, including how we currently define and understand it. The full spectrum of sleep disorders is explained alongside the range of possible treatment approaches. The book also examines why some sleep problems are more common among people with an ASD than others, how sleep problems evolve over time, what can be done to treat them and the likely benefits from different treatments.
This book is a complete resource for professionals, families and carers working with those suffering from sleep problems of any kind. It will be of great interest to anyone wanting to gain a thorough understanding of sleep in relation to ASDs.

24x17cm  320 pages  $45.95  

Social and Communication Development in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Early Identification, Diagnosis, and Intervention

Tony Charman & Wendy Stone

From leading clinical researchers, this volume presents important recent advances in understanding and treating autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in very young children. The book emphasizes empirically based assessment and treatment of core early social-communications problems that ASD-diagnosed infants, toddlers, and preschoolers may have.

16x24cm  348 pages  $74.00  

Social Enjoyment Groups for Children, Teens and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Guiding Toward Growth

John Merges

24x15cm  208 pages  $27.95  

Teaching Conversation to Children with Autism

Scripts and Script Fading

Lynn McClannahan, Patricia Krantz and Sandra Harris

Scripting is a teaching method designed to help children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), who are nonverbal or who are verbal but don?t initiate conversation, to initiate conversation. The authors draw on years of experience using scripts in their own clinic, and include many case studies that show how scripts have worked. The book defines scripts as ?an audiotape or written word, phrase, or sentence that enables young people with autism to use speech to start and continue conversations.? At first a child is taught to play the recording of a word for an adult, and then get a reaction from the adult. (e.g., if he plays the script ?juice, ? the adult will give him a sip of juice or if he plays the script ?ball, ? the adult will play ball with him). Later on, the child is taught to play the script and then say the word himself (and get the reward from the adult). As the child becomes better at talking, scripts are lengthened to become phrases --?want juice? or ?play ball? --- and then sentences. And once the child can read, scripts are written instead of recorded. As the child masters sets of scripts, the adult begins to diminish (?fade?) the prompts. If the script was recorded, words are gradually deleted from the recording. (e.g., if the script started out saying, ?Where is mom?? they will re-record it so it just says ?Where is ??and then ?Where ---?? At this point, the child should fill in the blanks.

22x15cm  160 pages  $0.00  

Teaching Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders

A Step-by-Step Guide for Educators

Roger Pierangelo, George Giuliani

Create an appropriate learning environment to help children with ASD develop lifelong independence!
Written by experts in special education and psychology, this user-friendly resource summarizes current research and presents a comprehensive overview of how to teach students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The authors discuss intervention strategies for implementing effective educational programs that give youngsters with ASD the opportunity to learn and interact with their peers.
This practical book describes the characteristics of specific disorders, including autistic disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, Rett syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified, and Asperger syndrome. Other topics include:
Specific instructional approaches
Behavioral, skill-based, and physiologically-based intervention models
A comprehensive team approach that includes parents
Assistive technology options
Support services for transition from high school to adult life
Teaching Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders addresses the most significant, everyday challenges that general and special education teachers face in reaching students with ASD.

25x18cm  224 pages  $54.95  

Thinking in Pictures

And Other Reports from My Life with Autism

Temple Grandin

In this unprecedented book, expanded and updated, a gifted animal scientist who is also autistic, delivers a report on autism, written from her unique perspective. What emerges is the document of an extraordinary human being, one who bridges the gulf between her condition and our own, shedding light on the riddle of our common identity.

14x21cm  270 pages  $30.00  

Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight

What to Do If You Are Sensory Defensive in an Overstimulating World

Sharon Heller

We all know what it feels like to be irritated by loud music, accosted by lights that are too bright, or overwhelmed by a world that moves too quickly. But millions of people suffer from Sensory Defensive Disorder (SD), a common affliction in which people react to harmless stimuli not just as a distracting hindrance, but a potentially dangerous threat.
Bringing both personal and professional perspectives, Dr. Heller is the ideal person to tell the world about this problem that will only increase as technology and processed environments take over our lives. In addition to heightening public awareness of this prevalent issue, she provides tools and therapies for alleviating and, in some cases, even eliminating defensiveness altogether.

20x14cm  370 pages  $28.00  

Treatment Planning for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

An Individualized, problem-solving approach

Naomi Chedd, Karen Levine

This book provides a seven-step dynamic treatment planning process. It shows how a variety of current interventions and treatments can be incorporated into this process and includes applications of different approaches for tackling different problems. The nine illustrative case vignettes cover a wide variety of ages, developmental challenges, learning and social profiles, and school and family circumstances.

23x15cm  254 pages  $47.95  

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders

Frequently Asked Questions

Diane Yapko

Quick reference--question and answer format gives readers easy access to the materialAppeals to a wide base of readers, including parents and family members, medical and paramedical professionals, teachers, social workers and students

15x22cm  224 pages  $34.95  

Understanding Death and Illness and What They Teach about Life

An Interactive Guide for Individuals with Autism or Asperger's and Their Loved Ones

Catherine Faherty

Death and illness affect every person. Witnessing the dying and death of a person or pet can leave you with many questions. In this book, author Catherine Faherty answers those questions in an autism-friendly, clear and precise way, geared for children, teens, and adults with autism. But this book is not just about death. It also demonstrates the interconnectedness of living and dying and offers simple, positive guidelines for living. Communication Forms to make it easier for the readers and their families, friends, teachers, therapists, or others to identify and respond to the unique needs of the reader.

27x22cm  341 pages  $48.95  

Understanding Facial Recognition Difficulties in Children

Prosopagnosia Management Strategies for Parents and Professionals

Nancy mindick

Can you imagine not being able to recognize the faces of your closest friends and family if they changed their hairstyle, wore glasses, or perhaps put on a hat?
Prosopagnosia is a severe face recognition deficit which is thought to impact two percent of the population. It can be found among children on the autism spectrum as well as others, and yet little has been done to inform parents, educators and other professionals on how to effectively support those with a facial recognition deficit. Nancy L. Mindick explains what prosopagnosia is and how its symptoms present themselves in children, and offers a bounty of ideas for more effectively including the child in family, school, and community activities.
The author - a teacher who has prosopagnosia herself - offers specific, practical information for parents, teachers, child psychologists, and anyone wishing to support the learning of a prosopagnosic child

24x17cm  142 pages  $23.95  

Verbal Behavior Approach

How to Teach Children with Autism and Related Disorders

Mary Barbera

The Verbal Behavior (VB) approach is a form of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), that is based on B.F. Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior and works particularly well with children with minimal or no speech abilities. In this book Mary Lynch Barbera draws on her own experiences as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and also as a parent of a child with autism to explain VB and how to use it. This step-by-step guide provides an abundance of information about how to help children develop better language and speaking skills, and also explains how to teach non-vocal children to use sign language. An entire chapter focuses on ways to reduce problem behavior, and there is also useful information on teaching toileting and other important self-help skills, that would benefit any child.
This book will enable parents and professionals unfamiliar with the principles of ABA and VB to get started immediately using the Verbal Behavior approach to teach children with autism and related disorders.

23x17cm  199 pages  $37.95  

When Autism Strikes

Families Cope with Childhood Disintegrative Disorder

Robert Catalano, ed

To lose a child is tragic; to lose a child who still lives is beyond comprehension. Yet this is the experience of the mothers and fathers who tell their very personal stories in this important book. Their children, born healthy and happy, lost their minds to a mysterious disorder with no known cause or cure: Childhood Disintegrative Disorder (CDD). Also called late-onset autism, this malady differs from typical autism in that it afflicts children after one or even two years of apparently normal development. In the long term, deterioration leads to still poorer behavioral and developmental functioning.
How do families respond to such ever-present loss? In When Autism Strikes, the parents of eight such children from around the world present their own stories, in their own words. They describe their first suspicions, their struggles to find a cause, and the means by which they cope, day to day. By turns heartbreaking and inspiring, this courageous document brings to light a scientific mystery and a human tragedy.

23x15cm  248 pages  $44.00