The Everything Parent's Guide to Children with Autism: Expert, reassuring advice to help your child at home, at school, and at play

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Life with a child with autism can be challenging, exhausting, and - ultimately - very rewarding. For parents, even daily activities like getting dressed or grocery shopping can become daunting exercises. Children with autism require special strategies, and parents must learn how to think with their child instead of against him.

This comprehensive guide offers practical advice, reassurances, and real-life scenarios to help families get through each day. You'll discover how to:
  • Communicate effectively with their child
  • Find a school that meets their child's needs
  • Handle meltdowns in public or private
  • Learn about assistive devices
  • Find intervention and support groups
Full of useful information, expert advice, and positive techniques, this guide is the valuable tool you and your family need to make the most of every day - one interaction at a time!
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About the author

Adelle Jameson Tilton is the former autism guide on About.com and the mother of an autistic son. In the mid-1990s, Ms. Tilton served as Secretary for WAYSAC, a nationally known autism organization in the state of Michigan. A member of the Autism Society of America, she is in communication with various autism groups in the United States including CAN (Cure Autism Now), FEAT (Families for Early Autism Treatment), NIDS Research Institute and Parent Coalition (NeuroImmune Dysfunction Syndrome), and the National Alliance for Autism Research.

About the Editor:
Charlotte E. Thompson, MD is a pediatrician with fifty years of expertise in pediatrics and adolescent medicine, including fifteen years in private practice. She specializes in children with special needs, including autism and autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Thompson is the author of several groundbreaking pediatrics journal articles and presentation papers at key international medical conferences. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics and was selected as one of America's Top Physicians by Consumers' Research Council of America.

Charlotte E. Thompson, MD is a pediatrician with fifty years of expertise in pediatrics and adolescent medicine, including fifteen years in private practice. She specializes in children with special needs, including autism and autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Thompson is the author of several groundbreaking pediatrics journal articles and presentation papers at key international medical conferences. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics and was selected as one of America's Top Physicians by Consumers' Research Council of America.

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Publisher
Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Oct 18, 2010
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Pages
304
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ISBN
9781440503931
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Language
English
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Genres
Family & Relationships / Children with Special Needs
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A groundbreaking approach to understanding and parenting children who frequently exhibit severe fits of temper and other intractable behaviors, from a distinguished clinician and pioneer in this field.

What’s an explosive child? A child who responds to routine problems with extreme frustration—crying, screaming, swearing, kicking, hitting, biting, spitting, destroying property, and worse. A child whose frequent, severe outbursts leave his or her parents feeling frustrated, scared, worried, and desperate for help. Most of these parents have tried everything-reasoning, explaining, punishing, sticker charts, therapy, medication—but to no avail. They can’t figure out why their child acts the way he or she does; they wonder why the strategies that work for other kids don’t work for theirs; and they don’t know what to do instead.

Dr. Ross Greene, a distinguished clinician and pioneer in the treatment of kids with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges, has worked with thousands of explosive children, and he has good news: these kids aren’t attention-seeking, manipulative, or unmotivated, and their parents aren’t passive, permissive pushovers. Rather, explosive kids are lacking some crucial skills in the domains of flexibility/adaptability, frustration tolerance, and problem solving, and they require a different approach to parenting.

Throughout this compassionate, insightful, and practical book, Dr. Greene provides a new conceptual framework for understanding their difficulties, based on research in the neurosciences. He explains why traditional parenting and treatment often don’t work with these children, and he describes what to do instead. Instead of relying on rewarding and punishing, Dr. Greene’s Collaborative Problem Solving model promotes working with explosive children to solve the problems that precipitate explosive episodes, and teaching these kids the skills they lack.

The groundbreaking book that explains Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)--and presents a drug-free approach that offers hope for parents--now revised and updated.

Does your child exhibit...

Over-responsivity--or under-responsivity--to touch or movement? A child with SPD may be a "sensory avoider," withdrawing from touch, refusing to wear certain clothing, avoiding active games--or he may be a "sensory disregarder," needing a jump start to get moving.

Over-responsivity--or under-responsivity--to sounds, sights taste, or smell? She may cover her ears or eyes, be a picky eater, or seem oblivious to sensory cues.

Cravings for sensation? The "sensory craver" never gets enough of certain sensations, e.g., messy play, spicy food, noisy action, and perpetual movement.

Poor sensory discrimination? She may not sense the difference between objects or experiences--unaware of what she's holding unless she looks, and unable to sense when she's falling or how to catch herself.

Unusually high or low activity level? The child may be constantly on the go--wearing out everyone around him--or move slowly and tire easily, showing little interest in the world.

Problems with posture or motor coordination? He may slouch, move awkwardly, seem careless or accident-prone.

These are often the first clues to Sensory Processing Disorder--a common but frequently misdiagnosed problem in which the central nervous system misinterprets messages from the senses. The Out-of-Sync Child offers comprehensive, clear information for parents and professionals--and a drug-free treatment approach for children.

This revised edition includes new sections on vision and hearing, picky eaters, and coexisting disorders such as autism and Asperger's syndrome, among other topics.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
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