Australian Autism Handbook is a practical and comprehensive guide for Australian parents whose child has been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. It covers wide range of areas from early signs and symptoms through to long-term strategies and dealing with school/pre-school. The authors clearly explain the evidence for various treatments and de-mystify the medical language and the controversy around treatment options. They include a chapter on ‘self-care’ for parents, and advice to relatives and friends on ‘what to say and how to help’. The authors valuably intersperse their own and other parents’ stories. The second part of the book provides an invaluable Resource Guide covering assistance and services available in each state and a comprehensive list of websites and books.
The new edition has updated information as well as additional chapters focussing on the needs of dads and siblings, older children on the spectrum and children with high-functioning autism.
The authors are both mothers of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.
2nd edition. Australia 2013.