by Sally Ozonoff, Geraldine Dawson, and James McPartland
This hopeful, compassionate guide shows parents how to work with their children's unique impairments and capabilities to help them learn to engage more fully with the world and live as self-sufficiently as possible.
Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism are detected earlier and more accurately today than ever before. Children and teens with these disorders often stand out for their precocious intelligence and language abilities—yet profound social difficulties can limit every aspect of their lives. This hopeful, compassionate guide shows parents how to work with their children's unique impairments and capabilities to help them learn to engage more fully with the world and live as self-sufficiently as possible. From leading experts in the field, the book is packed with practical ideas for helping children relate more comfortably to peers, learn the rules of appropriate behavior, and participate more fully in school and family life. It also explains what scientists currently know about autistic spectrum disorders and how they are diagnosed and treated. Real-life success stories, problem-solving ideas, and matter-of-fact advice on everything from educational placements to career planning make this an indispensable reference that families will turn to again and again.
I. Understanding Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism
1. What Are Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism?
2. The Diagnostic Process
3. Causes of Autism Spectrum Disorders
4. Treatments for Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism
II. Living with Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism
5. Channeling Your Child's Strengths: A Guiding Principle
6. Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism at Home
7. Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism at School
8. The Social World of Children and Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism
9. Looking Ahead: Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism in Late Adolescence and Adulthood
278 pages 6 x 9
"This is the most comprehensive and practical resource available....Parents, who are typically baffled by the confusing information given to them on the topic, now have the guidance they need to maximize their child's potential while celebrating their child's uniqueness. Written in a clear and lucid style, the book is rich in real-life examples and concrete plans of action. It will empower any parent to become an effective and savvy advocate, and to help their child live a more successful and fulfilling life."
-Ami Klin, PhD, coeditor of Asperger Syndrome
"I really like how this book emphasizes building on the talents and strengths of a person with high-functioning autism or Asperger syndrome....It combines both scientific and practical information for parents, teachers, and other professionals."
-Temple Grandin, PhD, author of Thinking in Pictures
Sally Ozonoff, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the M.I.N.D. Institute, a national center for the study and treatment of autism spectrum disorders based at the University of California, Davis. She is widely known for her research, teaching, and clinical expertise in the areas of Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism. Previously, she was Associate Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and co-Director of the Autism Specialty Clinic at the University of Utah.
Geraldine Dawson, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Founding Director of the Autism Center at the University of Washington. An internationally recognized expert on autism, Dr. Dawson has published numerous articles and books in the areas of early diagnosis, brain function, and development.
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