Caring for autism Practical advice from a parent and physician

Michael A. Ellis

Book - 2018

When your child is diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, you have questions. As ASD parents themselves, Michael and Lori Ellis provide a holistic view of what comes after diagnosis, answer the most commonly asked questions, discuss what medications and therapies are available, and examine the global impact ASD has on the child's environment.

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New York, NY, United States of America : Oxford University Press [2018]
Physical Description
xi, 220 pages ; 21 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Main Author
Michael A. Ellis (author)
Other Authors
Lori Layton Ellis (author)
  • A father's perspective on autism
  • A mother's perspective on autism / Lori Layton Ellis, BS, MPH
  • Assessment and diagnosis of ASD
  • What causes autism?
  • Autism's effect on the whole family
  • Psychopharmacology- should I use medications for my child?
  • Complementary and alternative medicine therapies (CAM) for ASD
  • Non-medication therapies for ASD
  • The educational system and ASD
  • Long-term planning and legal issues
  • Stages of grief, spirituality, and religion.
Review by Library Journal Reviews

Do you want to know what it's like to live with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as a part of your daily family life? Or how you can you help yourself, your child with ASD, and the rest of your family to thrive while handling this multifaceted disorder? As the title suggests, this book is filled with practical advice from not only a physician trained in ASD but one who has a child with ASD at home. Ellis knows firsthand of what he speaks when advising parents about difficulties with family life, diagnosis, treatment choices, education, and parenting. The author also includes a chapter by his wife discussing the mother's point of view of raising three children and the challenges presented when the oldest has ASD. Other topics in this comprehensive and accessible look at all aspects of having a child with ASD and the effect on the entire family include ASD diagnosis, causes, medication, alternative medicine, education, therapies, and long-term planning. VERDICT A must-read for those who have a child diagnosed with ASD, their families, and caregivers. Suitable for any library with parenting and autism collections.—Lisa Jordan, Johnson Cty. Lib., Overland Park, KS Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When a professional states, "Your child has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)", it is enough to make your whole world fall apart. What does it mean to be on the autism spectrum? How will this affect your child's life, your life, the life of your family, and others you interact with? What sorts of medications, therapies, and alternative methods are used to help manage the disorder? What are the financial and legal ramifications? How will this affect schooling, your spiritual growth, and everyday life? These are just a few of the questions that will rapidly cross your mind.Caring for Autism: Practical Advice from a Parent and Physician delves into all these questions and more. As the father of a daughter with ASD and as a trained psychiatrist who specializes in ASD, Dr. Michael A. Ellis provides a holistic view of what comes after diagnosis. In user-friendly tones, he answers the most commonly asked questions about what it's actually like to live with ASD, what medications and therapies are available, and the global impact it has on the child's environment. With the help of his wife, Lori Layton Ellis, to provide a mother's perspective, Dr. Ellis shares personal stories of their 10-year journey in order to provide insight and support for anyone - patient, parent, caregiver - traversing the difficulties of autism.