Each child on the autism spectrum has a unique set of special needs.
That's why all parents of kids with the disorder deserve a smart, caring advocate to help them zero in on proven interventions that are right for their child. Bryna Siegel, one of the world's leading authorities on autism, deftly guides parents through the complex maze of treatment options. She shows how to obtain an accurate assessment of a child's strengths and weaknesses, and then provides step-by-step guidance to help parents develop a plan of action tailored to their child's individual learning style, verbal abilities, and social skills. Like no other book on the market, Getting the Best for Your Child with Autism will help parents maximize all of the resources available to help their kids reach their full potential.
Bryna Siegel, PhD, is a developmental psychologist and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco and director of its Autism Clinic. She has worked with children with autism and their families for the past 25 years, and participated in the development of the nationally used diagnostic standard for the disorder. Dr. Siegel lectures frequently to parents and professionals, and has served as a consultant to school districts across the United States. Her previous books include the bestselling The World of the Autistic Child.
"All parents want to do the best for their children, and this indispensable book shows how, step by step. Autism and its treatment are very complex, but Dr. Siegel's experience and accessible style make the issues crystal clear. She distills the vast amount of information that is out there for parents and separates the good advice from the bad. This book is a beacon of sanity and reassurance for any family navigating these stormy waters."--Ami Klin, PhD, Director, Autism Program, Yale Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine
"If you know or suspect that your child has autism, this book is a great resource. Dr. Siegel takes you on the journey from first diagnosis to finding treatments that meet your child's unique needs, and explains the critical role that parents can play. An excellent, timely, and compelling guide. Although it is written for parents, the book also will be extremely useful for practitioners."--Debra Moss, MA, Autism Specialist, Los Angeles Unified School District
"The sheer number of 'expert opinions' on autism treatment-not all of them trustworthy-can be overwhelming to parents. This book provides a road map of masterful clarity. Dr. Siegel draws upon her research and clinical experience with thousands of families, intermingling this experience with wonderful common sense, humor, and empathy, all in a very readable style. Every parent of a child with autism will benefit from reading this book."--Peter S. Jensen, MD, Director, The REACH Institute
258 pages. 2008