Understanding Autism for Dummies

ISBN-10: 0764525476

ISBN-13: 9780764525476

Edition: 2006

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'Understanding Autism For Dummies' is a friendly companion and counsellor to caregivers of autistic children and adults. Drawing inspiration from a range of experts, this book includes sections on differentiating the various autistic disorders, particularly Asperger's syndrome.
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List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/19/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

Temple Grandin was born August 29, 1947 in Boston, Massachusetts. She is a bestselling author, doctor and professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, and leader of both the animal welfare and autism advocacy movements. Grandin was diagnosed with autism in 1950. She was immediately placed in a structured nursery, had speech therapy, and had a nanny spend hours playing turn-based games with her. At the age of four, she began talking and her progress continued. In 1970, Grandin received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, New Hampshire. She received her master's degree in animal science from Arizona State University in 1975, and in 1989, she received a Ph.D. in animal science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Grandin, being a high-functioning autistic, is widely-known for her work in autism advocacy. She has been featured on major televisions programs such as the Today Show and ABC's Primetime Live. She has also been featured in Time magazine, People magazine, Forbes, and the New York Times. Grandin was the subject of the Horizon documentary "The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow" and was described by Oliver Sacks in the title of his narrative book: An Anthropologist on Mars. Grandin's bestselling book: Thinking in Pictures is scheduled to be released as an HBO film in 2009. Grandin's Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human have also been bestsellers. Grandin lives in Colorado, but has speaking engagements on autism and cattle handling around the world.

About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
What You're Not to Read
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organized
Understanding Autism
Addressing Physical Needs
Enhancing Learning and Social Skills
Living with Autism as an Adult
The Part of Tens
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
Understanding Autism
Autism: The Big Picture
What We Know - and Don't Know - about Autism
Making the Diagnosis: Learning Your ASDs
Understanding the diagnostic criteria
Seeing the signs: Autism symptoms
Understanding the Far-Reaching Impact of Autism
How autism can affect the diagnosed individual
How autism can affect families, schools, and communities
How autism can affect caregivers
Navigating the Sea of Interventions
Using behavioral, developmental, and other educationally based interventions
Implementing occupational and speech-language therapies
Medicating symptoms that can accompany autism
Applying biomedical and natural interventions
If You Think You (Or People You Care for) Have Undiagnosed Autism
From Classification to Treatment: Scanning the Autism Spectrum
Surveying the Colors of Autism
Severe (or "classic") autism
Asperger Syndrome
Considering Conditions That Resemble Autism
Childhood Disintegrative Disorder
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Other possible diagnoses
Understanding Why Early Treatment Matters More than Classification
Attempting early identification and intervention
Getting good medical care
Enrolling in effective early programs
Causes, Clusters, and Clues: Where Does Autism Come From?
Considering the Rise in Diagnoses
Exploring the Genetic Link
Familial patterns
Brain size and structure
The brain-gut connection
The testosterone link
Examining Biomedical Theories
What do allergies have to do with it?
Heavy-metal poisoning hypotheses
Autoimmune or virus-induced theories of causation
The Backlash Against the Cure
Getting a Diagnosis
Tracking Your Child's Medical History
Broaching the Possibility of Autism with a Doctor
Preparing for the consultation
Requesting a referral
Consulting a Specialist
Contacting a qualified specialist
Sharing information
Embarking on the assessment process
Diagnosing related conditions
Dealing with the Impact of the Diagnosis
Coming to terms emotionally
Taking action
Avoiding scams
Asperger Syndrome and Autism
Discovering Where Asperger Syndrome Sits on the Autism Spectrum
Examining common characteristics of Asperger's
Diagnosing Asperger Syndrome
Examining typical nondiagnostic personality traits of Asperger Syndrome
Helping People with Asperger Syndrome Socialize
Finding the hidden curriculum
Handling idioms and figures of speech
Dealing with the Emotions Triggered by Asperger Syndrome
Avoiding the rage cycle
Working through frustration
Using emotion thermometers to gauge emotional states
Recognizing Bullying and Its Emotional Repercussions
Signs of bullying
Taming the bullies
Transitioning to Adulthood
Addressing Physical Needs
Injecting Yourself with Knowledge about Autism Medication
Considering Drug Therapy
Looking at how medication can realistically help
Educating yourself and pursuing drug therapy
Using medication wisely
Identifying Helpful Medications
Beginning the process with a qualified doctor
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)
Atypical antipsychotic drugs
Tricyclic drugs
Antiepileptics (also known as anticonvulsants)
Medications for challenging behaviors in severely affected people with autism
Maximizing Safety When Vaccinating Your Child
Considering your child's medical history
Looking at an alternate vaccination schedule
Improving Immunity and Boosting Biochemistry
Taking a Look at the Balancing Act of the Immune System
Exposing the Relationship between Autism and Immune Abnormalities
Analyzing immune measurements in the blood
Exploring gut problems
Studying brain tissue
Improving Immunity
Focusing on first-line fundamentals
Seeking out second-line strategies
Tackling third-line therapies
Biochemistry Begets Behavior: A New Way of Thinking
Shedding light on the broken pathways
Maximizing metabolism
Getting the Lead (and Mercury) Out
Why the autistic child?
Testing for toxicity
Optimizing Nutrition
Tempering Your Expectations
Considering Your Dietary Intervention Options
Cleaning up your child's diet
Going wheat and dairy free
Supplementing your child's diet
Implementing Your Plan
Keeping a food and symptom diary
Involving professionals
Easing the transition
Experimenting with specialized diets
Eating on the road
Enhancing Learning and Social Skills
Choosing an Appropriate Behavioral, Developmental, or Educational Intervention
Understanding What to Look for in the Alphabet Soup of Approaches
Actions and behaviors that lead to success in all interventions
Keys to success in educational interventions
Exploring Popular Intervention Approaches
Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)
Daily Life Therapy (DLT)
Developmental Individual Difference Relation-Based Intervention (DIR)
Miller Method
Relationship Development Intervention (RDI)
Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication Handicapped Children (TEACCH)
Social Communication Emotional Regulation Transactional Support Model (SCERTS)
Deciding Which Method Is Best for Your Child
Financing the At-Home Program of Your Choice
Exploring your at-home options
Obtaining government assistance
Dealing with Learning and Sensory Differences
Autistic Learning: Transferring Skills and Providing Structure
Thinking conceptually and transferring concepts
Incorporating routine into daily life
Bridging the Communication Gap
Developing sign language as a communication bridge
Working toward functional communication
Using assistive communication technology
Enjoying music therapy
"Retraining" the Brain through Neurotherapy
Examining and implementing neurotherapy
Reviewing a neurotherapy study
Making Sense of Sensory Confusion
Observing sensory integration challenges
Using hippotherapy
Working with speech-language pathologists
Seeing through Irlen-branded lenses
Handling Your Child's Sensory Issues
The supermarket test
The eyes have it
The auditory-processing blues
Socially unacceptable stimming
Dealing with the most severe behaviors
Finding a Learning Environment That Fits Your Child's Needs
Inclusion: To Be or Not to Be?
Recognizing an Effective Classroom
Maintaining routine and predictability
Learning through all the senses
Evaluating the room itself
Observing a Good Teacher
Characteristics to look for in an educator
Warning flags to avoid in an educator
Developing Effective Accommodations
Accommodations in action
Addressing the fairness of accommodations
Considering educational techniques for promoting inclusion
Weighing Your Options when the Public School System Falls Short
Exploring the world of home schooling
Considering other educational options
Understanding and Reducing Challenging Behaviors
Getting to the core of the behavior
Performing a Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA)
Legally Speaking: Making the Most of Your Child's Education
Navigating the Legal and Education Systems
Understanding what the law allows
Keeping track of changes in the law
Staying Involved with Your Child's Education
Working within the system
Supporting your child at home
Acting Early with an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)
Specifying Special: Entering the Public School System
Initiating an evaluation to establish eligibility
Implementing an Individualized Education Program (IEP)
Assessing Your Child's Progress
Flexing Your Educational Rights When You Need To
Fostering Healthy Relationships
Recognizing the Social Challenges an Autistic Child Faces
Understanding social norms
Conversing and cooperating
Supporting a child when verbal communication is minimal or nonexistent
All in the Family
Talking about autism with your kids
Considering the challenges siblings face
Including extended family
Encouraging Your Child to Form Friendships
Staging an emotional rescue
Creating social stories and calling on Power Cards
Making conversation
Sparking interactive play
Respecting differences
Living With Autism as an Adult
For Adults with Autism: Living Well after K-12
Discovering How to Live Interdependently
Managing your daily life
Deciding where to live
For caregivers: Preparing your dependent to succeed from day one
Out of the High-School Daze: Pursuing Higher Education
Evaluating your educational options
Getting the accommodations you need for higher education
Practicing self-advocacy and disclosure
Easing into higher education
For caregivers: Helping your dependent realize his/her higher-education dreams
Time to Nurture Your Bank Account: Finding (and Keeping) Employment
Matching your skills and desires with job opportunities
Working with a job coach
Applying for and obtaining a position
Maintaining your job
Gracefully exiting your position
Considering self-employment
For caregivers: Helping a dependent find employment
An Advocate Off the Ol' Block: Getting Involved with Your Community
Becoming a part of your community
Looking within the autism community
For caregivers: Encouraging an adult with autism to get involved
For Adults with Autism: Fostering Friendships and Romantic Relationships
Developing Friendly Relationships
Understanding the circle of relationships
Making first contact
For caregivers: Helping your dependent establish friendships
Recognizing (And Overcoming) the Challenges of Dating
Asking for a date
Behaving appropriately during the date
Opting for full or no disclosure
For caregivers: Moving on to dating
Taking It to the Next Level with Sexual Behavior
The most important part of boyfriend or girlfriend is "friend"
Engaging in sexual activity
For caregivers: Exploring sex education for people with autism
Special-Needs Planning for the Future
Avoiding Common Financial Mistakes
Putting Plan to Paper: Getting Started
Taking account of your child's prognosis
Keeping eligibility for government services in mind
Sizing up your estate
Considering living arrangements and guardianship
Involving an Attorney and/or Financial Planner
Writing Your Will
Setting up a special-needs trust
Giving a morally obligated gift
Designating guardianship
The Part of Tens
Ten Tactful Responses to Challenging Questions or Comments
"What Special Talent Does He Have?"
"Why Can't You Control Your Kid?"
"Asperger Snausperger. He Looks Fine. He Just Needs a Better Attitude"
"Who Did He Inherit It From?"
"Why Should Your Child Get Special Treatment?"
"Are You Kidnapping That Child?"
The "Bad-Parent" Look
"Is She Still in Her Own World?"
"They Grow Out of It, Don't They?"
"But She Doesn't Look Autistic..."
Ten Things to Do after a Diagnosis
Learn and Read as Much as Possible
Network with Other Families
Test, Test, Test
Investigate Sources of Financial Aid
Consider Major Lifestyle Changes
Set Up an Educational/Behavioral Program in Your Home
Begin Therapies
Address Your Child's Diet and Nutrition
Don't Give Up
Get Out and Relax
Where to Go for More Help
Finding Other Helpful Texts
Specializing in autism spectrum disorders
Special-education publishers
Research journals and magazines
Surfing Informative Sites on the Web
Connecting with advocacy organizations
Perusing general-information sites
Having some fun
Gaining insight from people with an ASD
Chatting about autism
Exploring listserves
Accessing World-Wide Autism Organizations and Resources
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