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Understanding Autism for Dummies


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Foreword xvii Introduction 1 Part I: Understanding Autism 9 Chapter 1: Autism: The Big Picture 11 Chapter 2: From Classification to Treatment: Scanning the Autism Spectrum 27 Chapter 3: Causes, Clusters, and Clues: Where Does Autism Come From? 39 Chapter 4: Getting a Diagnosis 53 Chapter 5: Asperger Syndrome and Autism 71 Part II: Addressing Physical Needs 93 Chapter 6: Injecting Yourself with Knowledge about Autism Medication 95 Chapter 7: Improving Immunity and Boosting Biochemistry 109 Chapter 8: Optimizing Nutrition 129 Part III: Enhancing Learning and Social Skills 145 Chapter 9: Choosing an Appropriate Behavioral, Developmental, or Educational Intervention 147 Chapter 10: Dealing with Learning and Sensory Differences 181 Chapter 11: Finding a Learning Environment That Fits Your Child's Needs 207 Chapter 12: Legally Speaking: Making the Most of Your Child's Education 235 Chapter 13: Fostering Healthy Relationships 253 Part IV: Living with Autism as an Adult 271 Chapter 14: For Adults with Autism: Living Well after K-12 273 Chapter 15: For Adults with Autism: Fostering Friendships and Romantic Relationships 301 Chapter 16: Special-Needs Planning for the Future 319 Part V: The Part of Tens 333 Chapter 17: Ten Tactful Responses to Challenging Questions or Comments 335 Chapter 18: Ten Things to Do after a Diagnosis 341 Appendix: Where to Go for More Help 345 Index 355

About the Author

Stephen M. Shore received a regressive autism diagnosis at age 18 months, became nonverbal, and was deemed "too sick" to be treated on an outpatient basis. Today, he's finishing a doctoral degree focused on helping people with autism lead fulfilling and productive lives. When not teaching college-level courses in special education and teaching children with autism how to play musical instruments, he consults and presents on autism-related issues internationally. Some topics of particular interest to him include comparative approaches for helping people with autism, education, and disaster preparedness for people with disabilities. He also focuses on challenges faced by adults in terms of self-advocacy, disclosure, post-secondary education, employment, interdependent living, and relationships. Stephen holds bachelor degrees in music and accounting and information systems from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He also holds a masters degree in music education and is on the cusp of finishing his doctorate in education from Boston University. Although he seems to spend most of his time traveling in airplanes (Boeing 747-400 preferred), he resides in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his wife on the rare occasions when he's home. Linda G. Rastelli is an award-winning journalist, instructional designer, and author with 20 years of experience in writing and designing instruction for health, education, and business topics. In her career, she has focused on making complex and technical information understandable to the layperson. Although she has covered subjects ranging from financial ratio analysis to educational reform, her most challenging inquiry to date - an undertaking that has made her other projects look like finger painting in comparison - has been autism. Linda holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Delaware and a masters degree from Columbia University. She lives on the New Jersey coast with her husband and her cat, who have reached a blissful state of detente. She hopes to keep her day job.

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