The Autism Book

The Autism Book

Answers to more than one hundred of the most frequently asked questions about autism, a disease that affects an estimated one in 250 children.  At the age of two, Dawn Ham-Kucharski’s son, Alex, was diagnosed with autism, and she was given little hope that he would ever express himself verbally or interact meaningfully with others. […]

Facing Autism

Facing Autism

Don’t Let Autism Have the Last Word in Your Child’s Life. Perhaps one of the most devastating things you can learn as a parent is that your child has been diagnosed with autism. A multifaceted disorder, autism has long baffled parents and professionals alike. At one time, doctors gave parents virtually no hope for combating […]

Could It Be Autism?

Could It Be Autism?

If you have questions or concerns about your child’s social, emotional, or behavioral development, you’re not alone. The number of children affected by autism—an umbrella term for a wide spectrum of disorders that includes “classic” autism, Asperger’s syndrome, and Rett syndrome—is growing every year. Most children are not diagnosed until they start school. But developmental […]

Overcoming Autism

Overcoming Autism

There have been huge advances in our ability to diagnose autism and in the development of effective interventions that can change children’s lives. In this extraordinary book, Lynn Kern Koegel, a leading clinician, researcher, and cofounder of the renowned Autism Research Center at the University of California at Santa Barbara, combines her cutting-edge expertise with […]

Teaching Social Behavior to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Using Social Stories[Tm]: Implications for School-Based Practice (Report)

Teaching Social Behavior to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Using Social Stories[Tm]: Implications for School-Based Practice (Report)

Introduction Autism spectrum disorders (ASD), which include autism, Asperger’s Syndrome (AS), and pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), are a group of disorders characterized by a host of difficulties with social interactions, communication, and repetitive behaviors or interests (American Psychiatric Association, 2000). Although currently defined by a triad of impairments, difficulties with social relationships and […]

How to Prevent Autism

How to Prevent Autism

The statistics are alarming and become more so every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 68 children have been identified with an autism spectrum disorder, making it one of the fastest growing developmental disorders in the United States. Further, the CDC estimates that parents with a child on the […]