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Getting the Best for Your Child with Autism: An Expert's Guide to Treatment [Paperback]

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Pages   279
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.92" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.74"
Weight:   0.78 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2008
Publisher   The Guilford Press
Age  3-12
ISBN  1593853173  
EAN  9781593853174  

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Each child on the autism spectrum has a unique set of special needs. That's why their parents deserve a smart, caring advocate to help zero in on proven interventions that are right for their child. Bestselling author Bryna Siegel, one of the world's leading authorities on autism, deftly guides parents through the complex maze of treatment options. She shows how to obtain an accurate assessment of a child's strengths and weaknesses, and then provides step-by-step guidance to help parents develop a plan of action tailored to their child's individual learning style, verbal abilities, and social skills. Like no other book on the market, Getting the Best for Your Child with Autism will help parents maximize all of the resources available to help their kids reach their full potential.

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As the parent of a child with an autism spectrum disorder, you need an informed, caring advocate who can deftly guide you through the complex maze of treatment options. In this empowering resource, bestselling author Bryna Siegel--one of the world's leading authorities on the disorder--helps you zero in on proven strategies and tailor them to fit your child's unique needs. Like no other book, Getting the Best for Your Child with Autism shows how to get an accurate assessment of your child's strengths and weaknesses so you can develop a plan of action suited to his or her individual learning style, interests, verbal abilities, and social skills. You'll learn what services you're entitled to, how to determine what's right for your family, and ways to work effectively with doctors and school professionals. With Dr. Siegel as your ally, you can help your child learn and grow.

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Bryna Siegel, PhD, is Director of the Autism Clinic and Co-Director of the Autism and Neurodevelopment Research Center at the University of California, San Francisco. She has worked with children with autism and their families for 25 years, and has developed diagnostic tools and guidelines used by professionals nationwide. Dr. Siegel is an active lecturer and consultant whose previous books include the bestselling The World of the Autistic Child.

Bryna Siegel has an academic affiliation as follows - University of California, San Francisco.

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practical easy to read advice  Sep 10, 2008
I am a general pediatrician and mother to a 5yo son with autism. I have read several books on autism. This book tells parents that they are the experts which unfortunately is true. Currently no professionals take ownership of finding unique treatments/approaches for each individual child not educators, psychologists and especially not doctors (pediatricians get little training on the subject and developmental pediatric subspecialist will not spend enough time to get to know your child). In academic circles, there is a lot of petty fighting over which treatments...RDI, ABA, floor time, are best. Of course the folks who designed these treatments have a vested interest in claiming they have the best answer and are prone to serving their own egos rather than helping children on the spectrum. The author does a good job of talking in generalities without endorsing any particular method for every child.

Denise A. Somsak, MD
Caution: false information within.  Feb 11, 2008
I have a child on the spectrum and leafed through this book at the bookstore. I was very concerned to read incorrect information within and felt compelled to post about it here. The author compares different interventions including things like ABA, Floortime and RDI. I was extremely concerned to read in print that she listed RDI as being child-led. Simply put, that's incorrect (one of the important differences between RDI and Floortime is the fact that RDI is parent-led). It made me wonder what other facts in the book are wrong and for that reason, I think this is a book to avoid. Other suggestions for parents new to autism include Stanley Greenspan's "The Child with Special Needs" and his other book, "Engaging Autism"; Catherine Maurice's "Let Me Hear Your Voice: A Family's Triumph Over Autism"; "What You Can Do Right Now to Help Your Child With Autism" by Jonothan Levy; and "Autism Aspergers: Solving the Relationship Puzzle" by Steven Gutstein, Ph.D.
Should have listened to the other reviews of her other books...  Feb 2, 2008
I wish that I could say that this book was better, but unfortunately it seems that the reviews for her other books were right and this one isn't much of an improvement. I personally have never read the other books, and made the decision not to purchase them when I purchased this one based on the other book's reviews.

As for this book, Dr. Siegel spends entirely too much time making analogies w/ the like of mercedes (yes that is the car and I'm still not sure what it has to do w/ autism), and it becomes extremely distracting and irritating after awhile to the point that I had to wonder if she wasn't trying to be on a comedy stage but even then, it wasn't funny.

She also goes to great lengths to set-up and define a child's ALDs (autism-specific learning difficulties) and ALSs (autistic learning styles) which were fine, but when she engages the chapter on treatment, the language is so ambiguous on trying to make the connection between the difficulty and the treatment, with even a college education it's impossible to figure out. It certainly would have been nice if she would have chosen to use the same language in the ALD charts to cross over to what specific treatment was effective for the child's difficulties. After all, the title of the book is 'Getting the Best for Your Child with Autism: An Expert's Guide to Treatment', but I guess you are supposed to be 'an expert' and not a parent to figure it out?!

The last thing that I would add is that if this is supposed to be, as suggested in the book, a guide to understanding all treatments, then the author must certainly have a bias on treatments because she only discusses conventional methods of treatment, 4 to be exact. Granted that I would agree that there are many out there that profess they have the cure and have probably racked up some change doing it, but I would not completely rule out all alternative methods of treatment because I further believe that if you're going to write a book on treatment, then the parent should be able to decide what is a logical treatment plan for their child and not the author because their have been alternative methods that have had great success w/ some children.

In conclusion, I would have to say that as much as I had hoped that the other reviews wouldn't be true for this book, I have found better books out there on autism and it's effective treatment methods. Perhaps a newer, more open-minded perspective would be a good start. That's just my opinion, but hopefully it will be of help, especially to a parent w/ a newly diagnosed child that needs to know and understand all the treatment options that are available and not just the author's chosen ones.

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