Helping Children with Autism Learn: Treatment Approaches for Parents and Professionals

Paperback | March 1, 2007

byBryna Siegel

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Bryna Siegel gives parents of autistic children what they need most: hope. Her first book, The World of the Autistic Child, became an instant classic, illuminating the inaccessible minds of afflicted children. Now she offers an equally insightful, thoroughly practical guide to treating thelearning disabilities associated with this heartbreaking disorder. The trouble with treating autism, Siegel writes, is that it is a spectrum disorder--a combination of a number of symptoms and causes. To one extent or another, it robs the child of social bonds, language, and intimacy--but the extent varies dramatically in each case. The key is to understandeach case of autism as a discrete set of learning disabilities, each of which must be treated individually. Siegel explains how to take an inventory of a child's particular disabilities, breaks down the various kinds unique to autism, discusses our current knowledge about each, and reviews theexisting strategies for treating them. There is no simple cure for this multifarious disorder, she writes; instead, an individual program, with a unique array of specific treatments, must be constructed for each child. She gives practical guidance for fashioning such a program, empowering parents totake the lead in their child's treatment. At the same time, she cautions against the proliferating, but questionable, treatments hawked to afflicted families. She knows the panic to do something, anything, to help an autistic child, and she offers parents reassurance and support as well as sensibleadvice, combining knowledge from experience, theory and research. For parents, autism in a child is heartbreaking. But it need not be overwhelming. Bryna Siegel offers a new understanding, and a practical, thoughtful approach, that will give parents new hope.

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Bryna Siegel gives parents of autistic children what they need most: hope. Her first book, The World of the Autistic Child, became an instant classic, illuminating the inaccessible minds of afflicted children. Now she offers an equally insightful, thoroughly practical guide to treating thelearning disabilities associated with this hear...

Bryna Siegel is Director of the Autism Clinic at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, University of California, San Francisco, and is the author of The World of the Autistic Child, which sold over 50,000 copies.

other books by Bryna Siegel

Format:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 6.1 × 9.02 × 1.61 inPublished:March 1, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195325060

ISBN - 13:9780195325065

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsForewordIntroductionPart 1The Fundamentals of Autistic Learning Styles1. Understanding the Origins of Autism and Its Meaning for Development2. When Atypical Development and Typical Development Cross Paths3. Autistic Learning Disabilities Defined: How Strengths Compensate for Weaknesses and Form AutismPart 2Autistic Learning Disabilities and Autistic Learning Styles: What Makes the World of the Autistic Child Different?4. Social Autistic Learning Disabilities: Description and Treatment5. Autistic Learning Disabilities of Communication6. Autistic Learning Disabilities of Communication: Treatments for the Pre-Verbal and Non-Verbal Child7. Autistic Learning Disabilities of Communication: Treatments for the Verbal Child8. Autistic Learning Disabilities in Relating to the World of Objects: Description and Treatment9. Autistic Learning Disabilities and the Skills of Daily LivingPart 3Methods of Teaching Children with Autism: How They Address Autistic Learning Disabilities and Autistic Learning Styles10. Applied Behavior Analysis and Discrete Trial Training: Separating Methods from Curriculum11. The TEACCH Curriculum12. Mainstreaming that Works: Too Accommodating or Really Including?13. Model Programs and Exemplary Classes: What Can We Learn?14. Putting the 'I' Back in IEP: Creating Individualized, Meaningful Learning ExperiencesFurther Readings for Teachers, Parents, and ProfessionalsAppendix A: Autistic Learning Disabilities InventoryIndex

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"The landscape of educational and treatment options for children with autism spectrum disorders is complex and often overwhelming for parents and professionals. Drawing from her many years of experience, Dr. Siegel provides a helpful guide for making decisions about directions in educationalprogramming."--Barry M. Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Director, Childhood Communication Services and Adjunct Professor, Center for the Study of Human Development, Brown University