Parents of the newly diagnosed may feel isolated and burdened; the new edition of Autism, Asperger Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder by Barbara Quinn and Anthony Malone offers answers, explanations, and - perhaps most importantly - a community of parents who've walked this same path...Throughout the book, with precise, supportive wording, the authors encourage parents to trust themselves, listen to their children, and relish the people their sons and daughters grow to be... The bulk of the book focuses on specific questions parents may have about their own child's diagnosis. The authors begin with a discussion of normal development and the ways children might differ from this baseline... Using anecdotal examples, they do an excellent job illustrating the difference between children with a diagnosis and children who are simply slower than average.
Help! S-O-S for Parents
I would recommend it to parents of newly diagnosed children with autism, PDD, or Asperger's. It is easy to read and touches on all the key subjects to help a parent understand the basics of what they are up against. Parents will learn a lot from the personal accounts of other children with ASD and will also get a good idea of what they may want to pursue next in their journey.
Newsletter of the Autism Society of Michigan
The authors use easy to understand language to attempt to explain what may cause autism, pointing out the complex interplay between genetics and brain functioning and the possibility of an "epidemic" of autism, pointing out that may not be the case... each chapter is highlighting that particular concept the chapter is discussing, to give the reader an idea of just how complex and variable ASD really is.