Autism, Asperger Syndrome and Pervasive Development Disorder.

Author:Diehn, Andi
Position:Book review

Barbara Quinn (author), Anthony Malone (author); AUTISM, ASPERGER SYNDROME AND PERVASIVE DEVELOPMENT DISORDER; Jessica Kingsley (Health & Fitness) $19.95 ISBN: 9781849058278

Byline: Andi Diehn

A diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder alters the life of any parent on the receiving end. An accurate label for a child's worrying behavior means treatment and intervention; finally, parents can stop blaming themselves. But a diagnosis also means the end of the hope that a child is actually normal and will easily grow out of this difficult phase. Welcomed or dreaded, a diagnosis is always the beginning of a long journey of treatment and training.

Parents of the newly diagnosed may feel isolated and burdened; the new edition of Autism, Asperger Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder by Barbara Quinn and Anthony Malone offers answers, explanations, and -- perhaps most importantly -- a community of parents who've walked this same path.

The bulk of the book focuses on specific questions parents may have about their own child's diagnosis. The authors begin with a discussion of normal development and the ways children might differ from this baseline, explaining, "Children with developmental disorders are not merely slow in obtaining skills. What happens in their developmental course is very different not just delayed." Using anecdotal examples, they do an excellent job illustrating the difference between children with a diagnosis and children who are simply slower than average.

And where do parents go from there? Quinn and Malone thoroughly explain various...

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