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Autistic Spectrum Disorders
by Mitzi Waltz
Autistic spectrum disorders--including autism, pervasive developmental disorders not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), Asperger's syndrome, and others--are labels to describe neurological conditions that can affect a person's speech and communication, emotional growth, social skills, and physical and mental abilities. Up to 1 in 150 children in some geographical areas have th ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published July 19th 2002 by Patient Centered Guides
(first published July 15th 2002)
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Pretty run-of-the-mill information wise, although the references at the end were helpful, as was the chapter on insurance coverage. The best thing about this particular guide is that, unlike so much of the literature currently available on the autistic spectrum, the author does not ignore the fact that a significant number of people on the spectrum are more than capable of reading up on their own condition. It is not assumed that parents or other caregivers will be the only ones reading, and it ...more
This is a really good "introductory" look at autistic spectrum disorders. It covers getting a diagnosis, going through school districts, insurance, and how to deal with the "bureaucracy" of special needs children. It does not include much on parenting strategies, but does a good job of telling you where and how to begin in the diagnostic process.