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Understanding Autism For Dummies

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  153 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Autism affects more than 1 million children and adults in the United States, and parents may be confused by the behavior of autistic children. This book provides help-and hope-by explaining the differences between various types of autism and delivering the lowdown on behavioral, educational, medical, other interventions. Featuring inspiring autism success stories as well a ...more
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by For Dummies (first published January 1st 2006)
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Steve Mitchell
I’m not going to rate this book as I skimmed over much of it but I have two points to make.

Firstly, it is geared for the US market and how their health system works. If you’re a Brit using this for guidance, then a lot of the advice given for securing a diagnosis and subsequent treatment is not useful for people with access to the NHS.

Secondly, although it doesn’t actually openly come out as an anti-vaxxer text book, some of its advice regarding vaccinations is unhelpful, especially with the cur
sarah lomas
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its very informative and i love that there are sections for adults with autism to read. However a lot is also based around American methods. So large elements of the book were useless being from outside the US.
May 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am doing a study on Autism for Scouts. This book was very informative.
firmly for parents of people with, not adults with the condition. As that, a good general introductory guide. Very USA based (and not too rural either: the great list of questions for choosing who is good enough to be your child's GP is surely a bit hopeful when you have a choice of one practise, staffed by teenage eastern european locums.)

Good rough guide to schooling methods, dietary supplements (this bit might interest 'adults with', would make a fine 'first book' for the newly assaulted, fo
Sep 23, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think it's a good introduction to autism, something I keep around for grandparents who don't understand but are ready to start learning. But I'm not sure it really helped us in any great ways since most of what was in it I'd found in searches online. But autism is too large, too "new" and too perplexing to really "get" till you live with it, and even then sometimes that only muttles things more. ...more
Melissa Wilson
Jan 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Parts of the book I liked:
Accommodations for your child, understanding the law allows.
Keeping track of law changes
Staying involved with you child's education.
Supporting your child at home
Assessing your childs progress
IFSP and IEP's
Flexing your rights when necessary
Features of the 5 spectrum disorders
Aug 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good resource, especially if you have just recieved a diagnosis for your child, which can be extremely overwhelming. This is by no means a comprehensive book, but in this time in your life, it will be an excellent resource.
Nov 23, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I suppose it is good if you start out knowing nothing about autism.
Deb Tregilgas
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A useful source for a grand overview of the current thinkings, theories, and support for autism.
Maureen McCluskey
Jul 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Slightly outdated. Written in very practical language. I used as a secondary book in a college class on Autism Spectrum Disorders.
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