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Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Complete Guide

Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Complete Guide
Author: Chantal Sicile-Kira
ISBN 13: 9780399530470
ISBN 10: 399530479
Edition: 1
Publisher: Perigee Trade
Publication Date: 2004-08-31
Format: Paperback
Pages: 360
List Price: $17.00

Based upon Chantal Sicile-Kira's personal and professional experiences with autistic disorders, this comprehensive and accessible source covers all aspects of autism conditions, including Asperger's Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder, including:

- The causes of autism spectrum disorders
- How to properly diagnose ASPs
- Treatments based on physiology, sensory, and biomedical interventions
- Coping strategies for families
- Educational programs
- Living and working conditions for adults with ASP
- Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC)

Library Journal

Sicile-Kira draws on 20 years' experience as both a professional and a parent in this single-volume guide to Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD), first published in Britain in 2003. She covers many topics (e.g., education, diagnosis, treatments, family life, resources, and life for adults with autism) but does not usually provide enough detail to be truly informative, even in an introductory manner. In part, the problem lies in her using quotes to explain ASD; her selections primarily come from five people her own son and authors Temple Grandin, Liane Willey, Donna Williams, and Tito Mukhopadhyay not a sufficient cross section. Sicile-Kira does, however, provide a few strong chapters, such as education especially when discussing getting through an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meeting and services for adults with ASD. For a better single volume on ASD, see Mitzi Waltz's Autistic Spectrum Disorders. An optional purchase for public libraries. Corey Seeman, Univ. of Toledo Libs., OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.