Sunday, July 17, 2011

Best Practice Book Review: Does My Child Have Autism?


Does My Child Have Autism? authored by Wendy Stone emphasizes the critical importance of early identification and intervention for young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). This comprehensive and accessible book provides much needed assistance to parents in identifying the early warning signs of autism, understanding the diagnostic process, and identifying scientifically validated interventions and treatments. The author also provides practical suggestions, activities, and teaching techniques that can be used to improve social, communication, and play skills at home. Frequently asked questions are included at the end of each chapter to address common issues and questions often asked by parents. An Appendix provides a listing of resources for further information. Although the author suggests that the book was written primarily for parents, clinicians, and educators, experienced autism professionals will find it to be a valuable resource as well. This book will also make a welcome addition to one's professional and lending library. Despite significant changes in the field of autism over the past several years, Does My Child Have Autism? continues to be an important text and one I highly recommend to both parents and professionals.
Stone, W. L. (2006). Does my child have autism: A parent’s guide to early detection and intervention in autism spectrum disorders. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
©Lee A. Wilkinson

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