|Disorders - Autism|
| Written by National Institute of Mental Health |
The following resources provide a good starting point for gaining insight, practical information, and support. Further information on autism can be found at libraries, book stores, and local chapters of the Autism Society of America.
Books for parents
Baron-Cohen, S., and Bolton, B. Autism: The Facts. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.
Harris, S., and Handelman, J. eds. Preschool Programs for Children with Autism. Austin, TX: PRO-ED, 1993.
Hart, C. A Parent's Guide to Autism, New York: Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books, 1993.
Lovaas, O. Teaching Developmentally Disabled Children: The ME Book. Austin, TX: PRO-ED, 1981.
May, J. Circles of Care and Understanding: Support Groups for Fathers of Children with Special Needs. Bethesda, MD: Association for the Care of Children's Health, 1993.
Powers, M. Children with Autism: A Parents' Guide. Rockville, MD: Woodbine House, 1989.
Sacks, O. An Anthropologist on Mars. New York: Knopf, 1995.
Advocacy Manual: A Parent's How-to Guide for Special Education Services. Pittsburgh: Learning Disabilities Association of America, 1992.
Directory for Exceptional Children: A Listing of Educational and Training Facilities. Boston: Porter Sargent Publications, 1994.
Pocket Guide to Federal Help for Individuals with Disabilities. Pueblo, CO: U. S. Government Printing Office, Consumer Information Center.
Books for children
Amenta, C. Russell is Extra Special. New York: Magination Press, 1992.
Gold, P. Please Don't Say Hello. New York: Human Sciences Press/Plenum Publications, 1986.
Katz, I., and Ritvo, E. Joey and Sam. Northridge, CA: Real Life Storybooks, 1993.
Books for teachers and other interested professionals
Aarons, M., and Gittens, T. The Handbook of Autism. A Guide for Parents and Professionals. New York: Tavistock/Routledge, 1992.
American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition. Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Association, 1994.
Groden, G., and Baron, M., eds. Autism: Strategies for Change. New York: Gardner Press, 1988.
Simmons, J. The Hidden Child. Rockville, MD: Woodbine House, 1987.
Simpson, R., and Zionts, P. Autism : Information and Resources for Parents, Families, and Professionals. Austin, TX: PRO-ED, 1992.
Smith, M. Autism and Life in the Community: Successful Interventions for Behavioral Challenges. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., 1990.
Smith, M., Belcher, R., and Juhrs, P. A Guide to Successful Employment for Individuals with Autism. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., 1995.
Autobiographies of people dealing with autism
Barron, J., and Barron, S. There's a Boy in Here, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1992.
Grandin, T. Thinking In Pictures and Other Reports From My Life with Autism. New York: Doubleday, 1995....
|Disorders - Autism|
|Written by National Institute of Mental Health|
|Disorders - Autism|
|Written by Better Health Channel of Australia|
Parenting is a difficult job, but a child with autism poses extra challenges. The following suggestions may help. See your doctor, autism professionals or autism associations for more information and advice. Remember that other parents of autistic children can be a gold-mine of tips and suggestions, so raise any issues you have at your support group.
After the diagnosis
An initial period of panic, which could include a fruitless search for the 'cure', is completely normal. This reaction settles down once the shock of the diagnosis has passed. Suggestions include:
Advice on choosing a management program
Safety in the home
Parents are used to childproofing their homes, but children with autism may need extra precautions. However, it is important to find a balance between keeping your child secure and making sure your home is also still safe and easy to get out of in an emergency like a fire. Talk to a locksmith and other parents who face similar issues. Suggestions include: You may have to board up your windows if your child likes listening to breaking glass. In some cases, you can install foam. Use picture frames with plastic instead of glass. Some children with autism are experts at escaping the most secure homes. Talk to a lock...