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Autism (Explaining) ISBN: 9780749682521
Snedden, Robert
Published by Franklin Watts, 2008
One of an impressive series of books on various health problems and disabilities. In this one we learn about the wide range of Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) from low-functioning autism to Asperger syndrome. A short history of the recognition of the condition and the rise of numbers of people with it, is followed by sections on how autism is diagnosed; what may trigger it (genes, various unproved theories such as vaccination, mercury, food intolerance, casein and gluten); the possibility that people with ASDs may have mental health problems on top of their condition and that children may be bullied or become bullies themselves; some treatments which may or may not be effective; the use of computers often helping the focus of children with ASDs; the problems of challenging behaviours; how autism affects families and schools; Asperger syndrome; and autism into adulthood. The book pulls no punches about the difficulties of living with an ASD, not only for the person involved, but also for family and friends, but it also makes a plea for understanding. An index, a glossary, and a list of further books and websites make this ideal for classrooms, but the level of information also makes it useful for families coping with an austic child.
Age: 10+