Beyond the Autism Diagnosis: A Professional's Guide to Helping Families

Beyond the Autism Diagnosis: A Professional's Guide to Helping Families

  • ISBN-13: 9781557667519
  • $11.38

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After a child's autism diagnosis, how can therapists, educators, and early interventionists best support parents and caregivers? This book is filled with the first-hand parent feedback professionals need to answer this critical question. Building on their research project that captured the experiences of more than 60 families, the authors reflect on excerpts from dozens of interviews that reveal parents' needs, concerns, beliefs, and dreams. Through these candid revelations and the authors' expert commentary, professionals will increase their understanding of the parent experience so they can provide the best possible services for children and families. Readers will discover invaluable insights they'll use toavoid misunderstandings and communicate accurately and sensitively understand parents' complex emotions and perceptions nurture strong, respectful partnerships with parents conduct effective assessment and intervention demystify assessment results for parents assist families in choosing and evaluating intervention services help families manage the short- and long-term issues that arise when parenting a child with ASD increase their own awareness of the vocabulary of autism and the facts and mysteries of the disorderEssential reading for students, new professionals, and established practitioners alike, this incisive, accessible guide gives readers something they can't get elsewhere — a deep understanding of parents' needs and feelings, directly from over 60 families with firsthand experience.

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