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Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Complete Guide to Understanding Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and Other ASDs

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Based upon Chantal Sicile-Kira's personal and professional experiences with autistic disorders, this comprehensive and accessible source covers all aspects of autism conditions, including Asperger's Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder, including:

- The causes of autism spectrum disorders
- How to properly diagnose ASPs
- Treatments based on physiology, sensory,
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 31st 2004 by Perigee Trade (first published 2003)
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Sep 17, 2009 Roberta rated it it was amazing
In my opinion a must read for anyone who has a child or a close loved one who has been diagnosed within the realm of ASDs.
Very reader friendly, this book explains some of the ins and outs (as best as one can) of Autism Spectrum Disorders, and offers some very useful strategies for dealing with Autism on a day to day basis.
Apr 13, 2014 Fritz rated it it was amazing
thorough. by a parent for parents, but broadly informative. was struck by how hard it can be to claim the special education kids are supposed to receive automatically -- special educators are poorly paid when funding is present at all.
Aug 26, 2013 Rozan rated it it was amazing
A must have for practitioners working with children with developmental delays or ASD or parents of children with such diagnosis. The book provides valid information on symptoms, criteria available resources and helps its readers understand ASD through words of parents of children with developmental delays and people having a similar diagnosis. A good description of this puzzling world of ASD. However, I think one of the downfalls of the book is that it does not list specific treatments available ...more
Renja  Zombies
Jan 03, 2016 Renja Zombies rated it really liked it
Great starting point if you're interested in learning about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). More of an overview, than a complete package on ASD. The author included many resources (websites, books, etc) on how to gather more info on ASD. I would recommend this book to parents of children on the spectrum. Not really what I expected, but still glad I read it.
Dan Hallington
Mar 04, 2016 Dan Hallington rated it really liked it
A clear and informative account of the misunderstood condition and its consequences for families, professionals and people with ASDs.
Carolyn Gerk
Feb 25, 2010 Carolyn Gerk rated it liked it
Very interesting, full of useful information. Would be a tad more useful if it were to delve further into some of the techniques and treatments rather than sending the reader to countless websites. I suppose that would be due to the huge number of options available and that fact that an author couldn't fit them all into one book.
I learned a lot from this book and enjoyed reading the paragraphs placed throughout from the perspective of parents of and people with ASDs. I do, however wish there was
McKenzie Richardson
As someone who works with children on the Autism Spectrum, this was a very informative book that gives a nice overview of topics related to Autism. Sicile-Kira notes that her information is in no way meant to be exhaustive, which I would agree with, but it is a good place to start. It also includes some great resources specifically for teachers, parents, siblings, ect., which is very helpful. Overall, a perfect book to start learning about and understanding ASDs.
Sep 08, 2008 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology
Very thorough in breadth of topics, but not very in-depth (for instance, it doesn't tell you how to implement any of the many different therapies, it just gives you an overview of the 30+ techniques/interventions available). It is a great resource as a starting point and gives many many references of books, websites and addresses to turn to for more info.
Apr 21, 2012 Melisa rated it really liked it
I would highly recommend this book to parents! The author has a child with ASD and she shares her journey in a personal and proactive manner. It's loaded with useful resources and information. I love that it's jargon free because it makes for a quick read.
Jul 23, 2012 Audra rated it it was ok
Shelves: autism
Chantal's writing adds little new to the discussion, and oversimplifies other issues. It's not necessarily that it's a bad book, or that it has lots of misinformation. It's just that there are other, more comprehensive books about autism that do it better.
Jan 08, 2014 Bee rated it really liked it
A good place to start for the basics.
Nov 05, 2013 Robert rated it really liked it
Shelves: autism
A very good and easy to read book about Autism Spectrum Disorder. Has a lot of good general information although being published in 2004 may be dated a little.A good start for those new to the subject.
Aug 31, 2012 Amanda rated it it was amazing
The best book by far that I have read on spectrum disorders in the last three years! We've read through the entire thing each year, referring back to it often. A must for all parents, family, and providers.
Love To Bake Cakes
Jan 02, 2013 Love To Bake Cakes rated it really liked it
I found this book to be quite informative, but not with the information that I was looking to read up on. I wish it told more about PDD-NOS. Still an enlightening read and chock full of resources.
Melody Boqua
May 21, 2012 Melody Boqua rated it it was amazing
very useful information. recommend it to anyone that knows or wants to be educated on autism
Oct 25, 2009 Leslie rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Alot of fluff. Not much useful information. Very anecdotal. Borrow from the library, don't buy.
Sep 26, 2008 Monique rated it it was amazing
I actually worked with Chantal's son, she is an amazing writer! I learned a lot from her.
Bonnie Huard
Apr 05, 2013 Bonnie Huard rated it liked it
Very informative, thorough.... However lacking warmth and compassion.
Alix Oates
Nov 07, 2012 Alix Oates rated it it was amazing
Awesome, awesome book. Great information, VERY informative. Extremely useful.
Dec 26, 2007 V.R. rated it liked it
Good over all guide, but not a whole lot of practical advice.
Sep 19, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
A must read for anyone has a child on the spectrum.
Dec 30, 2012 Wes added it
It was a educational,informative and well written.
Feb 24, 2015 Lisa marked it as to-read
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recommended by a developmental psychologist
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