Essential first steps for parents of children with autism Helping the littlest learners

Lara Delmolino

Book - 2013

If an autism spectrum disorder is diagnosed or suspected in your child aged 5 or younger, you need immediate information and support to begin helping him. This guide outlines the pivotal steps that parents can take now to optimize learning and functioning in their child, and help them prepare the best foundation on which to build their child's future development.

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Bells Mill Road, Bethesda, MD : Woodbine House 2013.
Main Author
Lara Delmolino (author)
Other Authors
Sandra L. Harris (author)
First edition
Physical Description
xiv, 152 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Understanding your child's diagnosis
  • Don't delay! The benefits of early intensive interventions
  • The proven, powerful intervention for ASD: applied behavior analysis
  • Getting your child ready for school: it's not too early to start
  • Helping your child relate: essential skills
  • Giving your child a voice: speech, sign, and other methods
  • Why work on play? Benefits for you and your child
  • Boosting your child's independence: early self-help skills
  • Taking control of challenging behavior and sensory problems
  • You don't have to do it alone: support for parents and other family members.
Review by Library Journal Review

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an autism diagnosis occurs in one out of every 88 children, and the discovery is devastating to parents, who are often bewildered by the onslaught of information available and advice coming from all sides. Coauthors Delmolino (clinical faculty, Rutgers Univ.; director, Douglass Developmental Disabilities Ctr.) and Harris (emerita, Rutgers Univ.; executive director, Douglass Developmental Disabilities Ctr.) offer a detailed, authoritative guide that discusses everything from early indicators of autism to likely behaviors (including those rooted in sensory issues), how-to's for increasing communication and social skills, and family support. Case studies and reviews of promising research and interventions make this the go-to guide for parents of autistic children. VERDICT This is the manual that parents have been asking for. Highly recommended for those with newly diagnosed children, this helpful work is essential for all public library collections. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

(c) Copyright Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.