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Autism - a Parent's Guide
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Autism is a life-long developmental disorder affecting about half a million people in the UK. The autistic spectrum is very wide and each person can be affected differently. Discovering your child has autism can be a bewildering experience. You will want to know exactly what autism is, what causes it and what can be done to ease any difficulties. Answers to questions like how will I cope? and will my child go to a mainstream school? are provided in this book along with latest advice and research. In a friendly, easy-to-read way, this book includes practical ideas and strategies for helping a child with autism, and supportive information is provided by other parents of children who have autism. Autism A Parents Guide gives advice relating to all ages affected by autism, from newly diagnosed toddlers through to adults successfully living with the condition.
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Table of Contents

Autism Explained; Getting a Diagnosis; Sensory Problem; Social Difficulties; Tried & Tested Intervention; Education; Adolescence & Beyond; Family Life; Support & Counselling; The Future.

Introduction. Chapter 1: What is Autism? Chapter 2: Research into Autism. Chapter 3: Getting a Diagnosis. Chapter 4: Living With a Child With Autism. Chapter 5: Interventions and Therapies. Chapter 6: Education. Chapter 7: Adolescence and Beyond. Chapter 8: Benefits and Entitlements. Chapter 9: Getting Support. Help List. Book List. Glossary.

About the Author

Hilary Hawkes has been a writer since her teens. She is the author of several children's books and wrote Asperger's - The Essential Guide (Need2Know 2009). She has a BA (Hons) in Publishing and English and is also a qualified Early Years Practitioner.

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Autism - A Parents Guide is a practical first stop guide for any parent with a child that has been newly diagnosed or it is suspected that their child may be autistic. A good description of the varying levels of the condition is given. It contains practical advice on living with an autistic child. Methods of behaviour management are outlined as well as tips for daily living. The information contains some medical jargon but the guide has a flick through feel that most levels of readers should be able to access.' Jane Tarrant, SEN teaching assistant, BTEC nursery nurse 'Great explanation about Autism and the different ways it can affect someone. The chapter on the research into autism was interesting to find out what's happening to further guide people in the future. Everything within this guide is constructed well and laid out simply so not to frighten the reader. I found this book helpful because it covered right from pre school up to adulthood which was really helpful and not actually as scary as I thought it would be. There are many areas that are discussed from going to school to going shopping. Really helpful.' Totz2teens.co.uk 'The Need2Know Guides are an excellent practical series, each written by an expert in the field. Hilary wrote this book to help parents find support when they first receive the diagnosis of autism and she has based it on personal experience. This is a reassuring and down-to-earth read which will be invaluable to parents and also to practitioners new to the subject - perhaps teachers with an affected child in their class.' Parents In Touch Extremely useful This is a very helpful and understanding guide for parents who have a child who has just been diagnosed.It is written in a clear and easily understandable way and gives a lot of practical advice.

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