Autism: The Facts

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Oxford University Press, 1993 - Health & Fitness - 113 pages
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Coping with a diagnosis of autism can be a troubling and confusing experience for parents. Ignorance of this bewildering disorder can provoke difficult decision-making for parents and physicians alike. What causes autism? What happens to children with autism when they grow up? Does autism run in families? What kind of educational setting is best? In this accessible, comprehensive book, the authors have discovered the questions on the minds of parents and professionals, and have attempted to answer them. Autism is a puzzling disorder. It begins in early childhood, and disrupts many aspects of development, leaving the child unable to form social relationships or communicate in the usual way. This fascinating book explains in a clear, straightforward manner what is known about the condition. Helpful appendices identify organizations and resource providers concerned with autism. Written first and foremost as a guide for parents, but required reading for interested professionals, it covers the recognition and diagnosis of autism, its biological and physiological causes, and the various treatments and educational techniques available.
 

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This is as informative a book in as small a number of pages as I've ever read. Baron-Cohen is Director of the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge. I first heard of him in a Five Books interview. The ... Read full review

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easy to read informative book that covers the basics should be read by all teachers with an autistic child in their class the information is based on alot of research experience yet i didnt find it to be so technical as to be off putting. contains relevant and accesable information about the many faccets of autisim 

Contents

Introducing two children with autism
1
How the diagnosis is made
14
The brain
35
Intelligence and special talents
52
Other therapies
67
International societies and associations
83
Some examples of behaviour therapy
98
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Simon Baron-Cohen is at University of London. Patrick Bolton is at University of London.

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