Making Sense of Autistic Spectrum Disorders Create the Brightest Future for Your Child with the Best Treatment Options

ISBN-10: 0553806815
ISBN-13: 9780553806816
Edition: 2010
Authors: James Coplan
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Description: In this authoritative and empowering book, one of the worldrs"s leading experts on early child development gives caregivers of children on the autistic spectrum the knowledge they need to navigate the complex maze of symptoms, diagnoses, tests, and  More...

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List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/23/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 448
Size: 6.75" wide x 10.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

In this authoritative and empowering book, one of the worldrs"s leading experts on early child development gives caregivers of children on the autistic spectrum the knowledge they need to navigate the complex maze of symptoms, diagnoses, tests, and treatment options that await them. For more than thirty years, James Coplan, M.D., has been helping families cope with the challenges posed by autistic spectrum disorders (ASD). Each family that walks into his office, he knows, is about to begin a journey. With this book, he lays out the steps of that journey. Dr. Coplan brings you into the treatment rooms and along for the tests and evaluations, and provides the kind of practical hands-on guidance that will help you help your child with ASD through every phase of life. At a time when ASD has become the subject of wild theories and uninformed speculation, Dr. Coplan grounds his recommendations in reality. He helps you understand for yourself where your child may be on the spectrum that includes autism, Asperger Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified. His clear, comprehensive, and compassionate advice prepares you to make informed medical decisions, evaluate the various educational and therapeutic alternatives, and find answers to such fundamental questions as bull; How do I optimize my childrs"s long-term potential? bull; Which interventions will best serve my child? bull; How do the various therapies work, and what is the evidence to support them? bull; What is the best way to teach my child? This book empowers you to be an expert advocate for your child, so that yours"ll know when to say no to an ill-advised therapy or medication and can make with confidence the hundreds of important decisions you will face in the years ahead. For every parent who has made the painful transition from "Why did this happen?" to "What can we do to help our child?," here is the indispensable guidebook yours"ve been waiting for.

Introduction: Who Am I, and How Can I Help You?
The World of the Child
Patterns of Development
Three Young Friends
On the Spectrum
Symptom Areas
Underlying Cognitive Deficits
Summing Up
Getting a Diagnosis
First Steps
Developmental Diagnosis
Medical Diagnosis
Summing Up
Why My Child? A Medical Primer
What Causes ASD?
Proof of Causation
Known or Probable Causes of ASD
Risk Factors and Associated Conditions
Where Is Autism?
Could This Happen to Us Again? Recurrence Risk
Summing Up
Speculative Causes of ASD, and the Autism "Explosion"
Is ASD a New Disorder?
Epidemic or "Explosion": What's the Difference?
Speculative Causes of ASD
Absence of Proof Is Not Proof of Absence
Summing Up
What Does the Future Hold? The Natural History of ASD
The Dimension of Atypicality
The Dimension of General Intelligence
Time: The Third Dimension
Three Young Friends: The Rest of the Story
Summing Up
The World of Intervention Services
What Can I Do? Intervention Basics
Patting the Elephant
Development Versus Behavior
"Bottom-Up" and "Top-Down"
Therapies Have a Natural History Too
Summing Up
In the Beginning: Intensive Behavioral Intervention
A Therapy Session
A Bit of History
The ABC's of ABA
ABA: A Cure for ASD?
Summing Up
Next Steps: Playful Sabotage, Watchful Waiting
A Therapy Session
Behaviorism in a Natural Setting (NET and PRT)
Developmental-Individual-Differences-Relationship Model (DIR; "FloorTime")
Relationship Development Intervention (RDI)
Summing Up
Language Therapies: Communication First, Speech Second
A Therapy Session: Picture Exchange
A Therapy Session: Verbal Behavior
Signing
Pragmatics: Language in a Social Context
Speech/Language Therapy
Summing Up
Socially Based Therapies
Social Stones
Social Skills Groups
Summing Up
Hands-On Therapies
A Therapy Session: Sensory Integration
Sensory Impairment: The Diagnostic Stepchild
Sensory Dysfunction: Looking for a Home in the Brain
A Therapy Session: Feeding Clinic
Summing Up
Behavior Management and Psychopharmacology
Not Like Other Children
Common Scenarios
Looking Beneath the Surface
Tying It All Together
Not So Different from Other Children After All
Summing Up
Going to School
Self-Esteem
Neurologic Maturation
Behavior Management
Treatment and Education of Autistic and Relates Communication-Handicapped Children (TEACCH)
Split Programming
Summing Up
Sense and Nonsense in the Treatment of ASD
Protecting Your Child, and Your Pocketbook
Developmental Therapy: Three Cautionary Tales
Spotting Quackery
Biomedical Therapies for ASD
Keeping an Open Mind
Summing Up
The World of the Family
Family Matters
We Have a Diagnosis. Now What?
Next Steps
Family Mental Health
What Do I Tell My Child with ASD?
Summing Up
Practical Concerns
Special Education: Your Rights Under the Law
Following the Money
Long-Term Planning
Summing Up
Epilogue
Resource List
Glossary
The DSM-Not Carved in Stone
Outcome Studies of ASD
Psychological Assessment Tests
Psychopharmacology in ASD
Index

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