Understanding Autism is the essential reference for parents and care givers of children on the autistic spectrum.
Written by two leading experts in the field, this updated edition covers key information, like the causes of autism and how it manifests at the various ages and stages of a child's life, while also taking into account the importance of self-care for parents.
Authors Katrina Williams and Jacqueline Roberts bring considerable experience to the table, and clearly, comfortingly explain how to cope with common problematic behaviors, conditions that can often appear in conjunction with autism (such as anxiety and depression), and how best to manage the child's transition to adulthood.
Their warm, supportive voices will reassure you as they sort myth from fact, and provide everything you'll need to know to understand autism.
Professor Katrina Williams is a paediatrician, public health physician and an internationally recognized clinical epidemiologist. She is the APEX Australia Chair of Developmental Medicine at the University of Melbourne and the Director of the Department of Developmental Medicine at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne. Her current research focus is on autism, and she is a founding member and executive committee member of the Australasian Society for Autism Research.
Chapter 1: What is autism?
Chapter 2: Meet some individuals with autism
Chapter 3: Assessment and diagnosis
Chapter 4: Looking after yourself
Chapter 5: The toddler and preschool years
Chapter 6: Problems in the preschool years
Chapter 7: The primary school years
Chapter 8: Problems in the primary school years
Chapter 9: The secondary school years
Chapter 10: Making sense of new information