When parents learn that their child has autism, the news can be devastating, even paralyzing. Meanwhile, the first 12 months after diagnosis are the most important when it comes to intervention. As a parent of a child with autism, Nancy D. Wiseman knows firsthand how difficult it can be to unravel complex issues, discover what questions to ask, and find effective treatments. In this landmark guide, Wiseman offers both compassionate insight and a wealth of information for diagnoses from Asperger's to classic autism. Day by day, week by week, month by month, The First Year: autism spectrum disorders walks parents through a wide range of medical and lifestyle concerns, helps them navigate the healthcare, insurance, and educational systems, and ensures the best possible outcome for their child.
"An invaluable guide. With this book as your companion, you can help your child live a happy, healthy, full life."--Kenneth Bock, MD, author of Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies
"Nancy Wiseman has provided us with a classic and a treasure. Her book belongs in the hands of every parent who is going through the journey of parenting a child with an autism spectrum disorder and every professional who works with families with children on the autism spectrum. This book is a major resource and provides the tools to help navigate the journey. She does a remarkable job of presenting the sequence of steps that evolves into a comprehensive treatment plan. No one whom I have read has provided such a comprehensive guide. This is a major contribution to the field and will be invaluable to all families and professionals."--Ira Glovinsky, PhD Psychologist, Interdisciplinary Center for the Family, Co-author of Bipolar Patterns in Children and Mood Swings in Babies and Children
304 pages. 2009