Essential First Steps for Parents of Children with Autism
154 pages
Age Range: 1 to 5
ISBN: 9781606131893

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Essential First Steps for Parents of Children with Autism: Helping the Littlest Learners

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Lara Delmolino, Sandra L Harris

Essential First Steps represents a foundational book in our popular Topics in Autism series, because it addresses the growing number of younger children who are being diagnosed or considered at-risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). For parents whove learned their child 5 years or younger has an ASD or those who suspect it because of observable behavioural characteristics or a diagnosed older sibling, this is the first book they will want to turn to. In it the authors offer their expertise; 65 years between them; to help parents understand what they can do now to improve their young childs chances that he will be less affected by autism as he grows older.

The book profiles the proven treatments supported by research and grounded in applied behaviour analysis (ABA) methods, considered the gold standard in autism treatment. In addition, parents learn teaching strategies they can incorporate into daily life to boost their childs communication, social and self-help skills development. Essential First Steps is completely up-to-date on information regarding autism diagnosis and terminology as it draws upon the long awaited 2013 release of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). This quick start guide with its best practices, case studies, developmental tables, and clear, matter-of-fact presentation offers families, teachers, therapists, and early interventionists the immediate help they need to mitigate the impacts of autism. The book covers:

  • early indicators of ASD in children younger than 3 years
  • behaviours of 3 to 5 year olds with a confirmed diagnosis
  • research about effective treatments & teaching methods
  • strategies for boosting play, communication & self-help skills
  • support for the rest of the family

Case studies and a review of evidence-based interventions and proven practices help parents prepare a strong foundation for their child's future development.