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Autism, Asperger Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder


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Foreword. Acknowledgements. About the Authors. Sam Likes Trains. Eric is a Soldier. Introduction. 1. What is Autism Spectrum Disorder? 2. Social Reciprocity. 3. Communication. 4. Impairment in Play Style. 5. More Characteristics and Areas of Uniqueness. 6. The Evaluation Process. 7. What Can Be Done? Medical Perspective. 8. What Can Be Done? Educational Perspective. 9. Additional Options. 10. Up Close and Personal. Resources. References. Index.

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Accessible introduction to parents of children with a mixed diagnosis.

About the Author

Barbara Quinn is a Nurse Clinician at Capital Care Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. She has a graduate degree in Educational Psychology. In her capacity as a Developmental Specialist and Educational Consultant she has worked with many children and families on the autism spectrum. Anthony Malone is Clinical Associate Professor at Albany Medical College and Developmental Pediatrician. He has spent his career helping families understand developmental disabilities and get appropriate supports. He also has an active private pediatric practice and cares for many children with special needs.


Parents of the newly diagnosed may feel isolated and burdened; the new edition of Autism, Asperger Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder by Barbara Quinn and Anthony Malone offers answers, explanations, and - perhaps most importantly - a community of parents who've walked this same path...Throughout the book, with precise, supportive wording, the authors encourage parents to trust themselves, listen to their children, and relish the people their sons and daughters grow to be... The bulk of the book focuses on specific questions parents may have about their own child's diagnosis. The authors begin with a discussion of normal development and the ways children might differ from this baseline... Using anecdotal examples, they do an excellent job illustrating the difference between children with a diagnosis and children who are simply slower than average. -- ForeWord Reviews
I would recommend it to parents of newly diagnosed children with autism, PDD, or Asperger's. It is easy to read and touches on all the key subjects to help a parent understand the basics of what they are up against. Parents will learn a lot from the personal accounts of other children with ASD and will also get a good idea of what they may want to pursue next in their journey. -- Help! S-O-S for Parents
The authors use easy to understand language to attempt to explain what may cause autism, pointing out the complex interplay between genetics and brain functioning and the possibility of an "epidemic" of autism, pointing out that may not be the case... each chapter is highlighting that particular concept the chapter is discussing, to give the reader an idea of just how complex and variable ASD really is. -- Newsletter of the Autism Society of Michigan

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