A Beginner's Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Author:Lloyd, Lauren
Position:Book review

Paul Taylor (author); A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS; Jessica Kingsley Publishers (Nonfiction: Family & Relationships) $15.95 ISBN: 9781849052337

Byline: Lauren Lloyd

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) blankets a range of impairments in specific areas of behavior, and though one person in every one hundred people may have ASD, no two people share the same presentation. Paul G. Taylor works as a consultant paediatrician in a New Zealand regional general hospital. Specializing in ASD, he works directly with young people with the disorder, their families, and schools. He has been addressing audiences about the disorder for the past twelve years. His concise guide details ASD and provides practical strategies for coping with a child impaired by ASD. As an expert in the field, he possesses personal opinions but refrains from forcing them upon the reader. After suggesting solutions for the varying issues that people with ASD combat, he empowers the reader to make the final decision. Since the guide serves as a starting point for ASD education, Taylor conveniently includes additional references throughout the text.

Divided into two partsaPart I ASD: The Facts and Part II ASD: What Can We Do About It?athe book dedicates an equal portion of pages to each. Part I consists of seven chapters which detail the disorder and urge the reader to practice empathy when dealing with someone with ASD. Taylor succeeds in diluting the psychological jargon into terms and metaphors that any...

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