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Dr. Thompson's Straight Talk on Autism -- By Travis Thompson, Ph.D.

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"With this book, Travis Thompson wins the 'triple crown' for knowledge translation—best available research, state-of-art clinical practice, and family wisdom (as the grandfather of a youngster with autism). His triple crown expertise permeating this book is sure to make quality of life enhancements for children with autism spectrum disorders and their families." —Ann Turnbull, Ed.D., Beach Center on Disability, University of Kansas

"[Dr. Thompson] has a direct understanding of the challenges presented to families, which is refreshing to parents who often struggle to find a truly understanding ear." —ADVANCE for Physical Therapists and PT Assistants


Everyone who cares for or works with a child with autism will wear out their copy of this book—a "helpline" they can turn to again and again for concrete, practical interventions that really work. Trusted authority Travis Thompson, author of the bestselling Making Sense of Autism, takes readers beyond understanding the disorder and reveals specific ways to help children overcome everyday challenges and develop critical skills they'll use their whole lives. Based on the latest research and the author's extensive clinical experience, these ready-to-use tips and strategies will help children with autism spectrum disorders meet their toughest challenges head-on:
  • communicating more effectively

  • making improvements in behavior

  • increasing their tolerance for change

  • developing social skills

  • establishing secure, trusting relationships

  • recognizing and reacting to emotions

  • overcoming stimulus intolerance

  • engaging in recreation and leisure activities

  • enjoying greater participation in their community and family lives

Engaging illustrations throughout the book show children with autism participating in a wide variety of activities, and the sample pictorial schedules will help readers guide children successfully through everyday routines. A straightforward, easy-to-read sourcebook for anyone new to helping children with autism, this guide offers simple, specific strategies that improve quality of life—for children and for whole families.

Table of Contents

About the Author
Foreword
Paula Goldberg
Preface

1. A Road Less Traveled: Autism Spectrum Disorders

2. Need for Control

3. Time Is Your Enemy

4. Once Upon a Time: Discovering the Mystery of Words

5. Relationships and Feelings

6. Letting the Genie Out of the Bottle: Promoting Socialization

7. Nothing Is Easy: Overcoming Stimulus Intolerance

8. Putting Out Fires: Coping with Behavioral Challenges

9. Daily Freedoms and Responsibilities

10. The Importance of Leisure

11. The Art of Living Together: Community Participation

References
Index

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