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Living with Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Living with Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Guidance for Parents, Carers and Siblings

November 2006 | 96 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'The layout and presentation of the material are very "user friendly" and the book is, therefore, easy to read. Those with less direct experience of living or working with children who are autistic, including teachers and learning support assistants, who require some help in appreciating the complex range of behaviours and responses such children present, will find this little book illuminating' - Support for Learning

"This is a really practical tool........ the structure of the book is clear and uncomplicated for the reader to access. This book is based on a wealth of experience of working closely both with individuals with Autism and their families. It will be a revelation to professionals interested in this area and a comfort to carers who live the experience. Most importantly, it reminds us of the barriers to positive parent/professional partnership and challenges us to build supportive bridges to effective intervention for the individual with Autism. Autism NI (PAPA) was created out of such a dynamic approach and therefore welcomes this significant commentary on this critical issue."

By giving a concise account of what life may be like following the diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) in the family, this book examines service provision at different stages, and provides information for parents, carers and practitioners' - Arlene Cassidy, Chief Executive, Autism NI

Parents want support and advice during and after a diagnosis of ASDs, and professionals want to be able to give the right answers. This book will meet the needs of both.

Issues dealt with include:

" how to help the family

" how to help brothers and sisters

" preparing children with ASDs for the world outside

" keeping expectations high

" how to work together with schools and other agencies

" finding community links

'In my view it would be a good read for relatives, friends and teachers in training to enable them to understand many of the issues associated with children who have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It points up the various facets of having and living with a child with autism - as far as possible from a positive point of view. The authors, from their obvious extensive experience, have identified many problems and circumstances that parents/carers are likely to meet and that can be tackled in a wide variety of ways. The book is designed to raise these for consideration - and this it does well' - Support for Learning, Volume 22, Number 2

How to Use This Book
Understanding the Parental Emotional Rollercoaster
Brothers and Sisters and Wider Family Issues
Autism: Some Key Facts
Getting a Statement of Educational Needs
Choosing a School
Where after School?
Coping With the Everyday Impact of Autism on Family Life
Developing Positive Strategies for Difficult Times
Managing Change and Transitions
Choice Making and Developing Self-Esteem
Facing the Future
Who Is Who, Who Does What and Why?
Working Together Effectively - Families and Professionals
Keeping It All In Perspective

A good text which explains ASD in basic terms. Can be used at L3 and higher for students studying SEN and Learning difficulties.

Miss Emma Baxter
School of Care, Ystrad Mynach College
November 28, 2012

This is an excellent book. Recommended for students working within primary and higher educational settings whilst on their social work placement and those wanting to work within children's services. Provides an understanding of the dilemmas and strategies in a clear and logical manner.

Mrs Kate Bebe
Social Work Department (Warrington), Chester University
August 17, 2012

a good insight into how Adults with Autism deal with the daily day duties. this book has been provided by the college for pupils to use when the criteria is around autism or learning difficulties

Mrs Karen Cooke
health and social care, Bolton Community College
March 31, 2011

I am suggesting this book on the reading list along side Koenig, KP., Kinnealey, M., (2010 Adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder in Kuhaneck, HM., Watling, R., Autism: a comprehensive occupational therapy approach 3rd ed Bethesda: American Occupational Therapy Association Inc

Mrs Anne Fenech
Health Sciences, Southampton University
January 28, 2011

This book provides an overview of ASD.

Perfect for beginner teachers and PGCE students, the author describes and analyses behaviours, relationships, families and puberty, allowing the reader to use it for quick reference or more thorough research.

It will give ideas for planning for inclusion, use of resources, building relationships with pupils and their families, teaching approaches and pupils motivation.

Mrs Claire-Louise West
Faculty of Education, Royal Academy of Dance
May 25, 2010

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