Parents of children with Asperger's syndrome (AS) or high-functioning autism can often feel at a loss as to how to understand and communicate with their child and how to help their child feel valued and understood in the wider world. This illustrated companion provides all the concrete answers, explanations and advice necessary for parents to provide effective support for their child. It clarifies the type of assistance needed from outside the family, and where to find it, and includes suggestions on how to ensure the needs of other siblings are also met. Written from the insightful perspective of a child psychiatrist, this very practical and helpful book will provide comfort for parents and carers. The experience and expertise shared within will also be useful for any professionals working with children with AS or high-functioning autism and their families.
Foreword by Lorna Wing.; Introduction.; 1. What is Autism?; I. "Disability" - or "Individuality"?; II. The Autism Spectrum.; III. Other Medical Information.; IV. Disorders Similar to or Comorbid with ASDs.; 2. Rethinking Your Parenting Style.; I. Nurturing Communication Skills.; II. How to Provide Supports for Impairments of Social Imagination.; III. Skills That Compensate for Impaired Socialization.; IV. Helping Daily Life Run Smoothly (12 Q & A).; 3. The Way Forward.; I. Find Someone You Can Consult.; II. If There Are Siblings.; III. Some Final Advice. Afterword.; Appendix 1. Overview of Technical Terminology and Diagnostic Criteria.; Appendix 2. Communicating with Your Child's Kindergarten or Day Care Centre. A Handy Reference to the Supports Described in This Book.; Bibliography.