A Beginner's Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorders: Essential Information for Parents and Professionals

Paul G. Taylor

Format: Paperback/softback, 112 pages, 8.50in x 5.47in / 216mm x 139mm
ISBN: 9781849052337
Price: $15.95

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What is Autism Spectrum Disorder? What does a diagnosis of ASD mean for the child and for you? How can you learn to fully understand behaviours common to ASD and help the child grow and prosper?

This short introduction is an ideal starting point for anyone encountering ASD for the first time. The book covers all of the essential information needed to ground an understanding of the condition and offers effective practical strategies for assisting children who are living with ASD. It advocates putting aside conventional thinking and considering things from a different perspective the way that the child with ASD sees the world.

This concise and straight-talking guide to ASD will ensure parents, carers, teachers and other professionals feel confident, informed and able to cope with the road ahead.


'A Beginner's Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorders: Essential Information for Parents and Professionals is an excellent short book to start with when someone knows nothing about ASD but needs a quick and brief introduction to it... What is unique about this book is that the author has managed to touch on and explains aspects of the condition in simple terms, avoiding scientific jargon that might put people off... It will be a useful guide to parents who have just received a diagnosis for their child and need some quick answers and top tips, and it will be beneficial to professionals who have come across an individual with ASD for the first time and want to find out more about them.'
—The Hoffmann Foundation

'This book is handy, easy to read and gives a good understanding of ASDs. It gives a good idea of how someone with an ASD behaves and the reasons for doing so and therefore would be a good book for anyone new to the conditions...The chapter on Punishment was really good as was the chapter about Specific Intervention Programmes That Have No Proof They Work. The part about the MMR vaccination was important and something that needs publicising more widely and Paul has made a very good start in getting the message across.'

'Teachers, parents, and others associated with someone with ASD will undoubtedly value this guide. Those with ASD will, in turn, profit from their community's understanding of their challenges, thus aiding stress, aggression, and transition management.'
—Fore Word Reviews

'Whilst concise, this book provides an up to date commentary as well as practical advice on numerous aspects of diagnosing and coping with autism. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to better their understanding of autism.'
—Families Online

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