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Beyond the Autism Diagnosis -- A Professional’s Guide to Helping Families By Marion O'Brien, Ph.D., & Julie A. Daggett, Ph.D.

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After a child’s autism diagnosis, how can therapists, educators, and early interventionists best support parents and caregivers? This book is filled with the first-hand parent feedback professionals need to answer this critical question. Building on their research project that captured the experiences of more than 60 families, the authors reflect on excerpts from dozens of interviews that reveal parents’ needs, concerns, beliefs, and dreams. Through these candid revelations and the authors’ expert commentary, professionals will increase their understanding of the parent experience so they can provide the best possible services for children and families. Readers will discover invaluable insights they’ll use to

  • avoid misunderstandings and communicate accurately and sensitively

  • understand parents’ complex emotions and perceptions

  • nurture strong, respectful partnerships with parents

  • conduct effective assessment and intervention

  • demystify assessment results for parents

  • assist families in choosing and evaluating intervention services

  • help families manage the short- and long-term issues that arise when parenting a child with ASD

  • increase their own awareness of the vocabulary of autism and the facts and mysteries of the disorder

Essential reading for students, new professionals, and established practitioners alike, this incisive, accessible guide gives readers something they can’t get elsewhere — a deep understanding of parents’ needs and feelings, directly from over 60 families with firsthand experience.

Table of Contents

About the Authors

I: About Autism Spectrum Disorders

  1. Talking About Autism Spectrum Disorders
  2. Listening to Parents
  3. Belief Systems About Autism Spectrum Disorders

II: Building Partnerships between Parents and Professionals

  1. Conducting Assessments
  2. Communicating Assessment Results to Families
  3. Intervention and Educational Programming
  4. Helping Parents and Professionals Work Together

III: Helping Families Live with Autism Spectrum Disorders

  1. Parenting a Child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
  2. The Rest of the Family
  3. Looking to the Future

Appendix A: The Research Behind this Book
Appendix B: Sample Forms

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