Author(s): Paul G Taylor
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder? What does a diagnosis of ASD mean for the child and for you? How can you learn to fully understand behaviours common to ASD and help the child grow and prosper? This short introduction is an ideal starting point for anyone encountering ASD for the first time. The book covers all of the essential information needed to ground an understanding of the condition and offers effective practical strategies for assisting children who are living with ASD. It advocates putting aside conventional thinking and considering things from a different perspective – the way that the child with ASD sees the world. This concise and straight-talking guide to ASD will ensure parents, carers, teachers and other professionals feel confident, informed and able to cope with the road ahead.
For anyone encountering ASD for the first time
Paul G. Taylor is an experienced consultant paediatrician working in a regional general hospital in New Zealand. He specializes in Autism Spectrum Disorder and works directly with many young people with ASD, their families and their schools. He has been giving talks on ASD for the past 12 years.
Acknowledgements. Introduction. 1. Nuts and Bolts. 2. Diagnosis. 3. The Pervasive Developmental Disorders are Hard Wired. 4. How to Recognise the Person who has ASD. 5. How People with ASD See the World. 6. Stress and Anxiety. 7. And Now for the Good News. 8. Rules of Engagement; So What are We Going to Do About It? Appendix: DSM-IV Criteria for the Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.