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Autism and Asperger Syndrome in Childhood

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781847094926

Price: £9.99

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“If every parent receiving a diagnosis of autism for their child could read this book, it would avoid so much misunderstanding and unhappiness.” – Dr Clare Lawrence

A diagnosis – or a suspected diagnosis – of autism or Asperger Syndrome in a child can be overwhelming for a parent, especially if you know nothing, or very little, about either of them.

Dr Luke Beardon is a well-known expert in the field, and this book is an accessible, easy-to-read introduction for those encountering autism for the first time. Gently and honestly, it guides you through the issues you might encounter, busting the myths around autism and Asperger Syndrome, and explaining what the diagnosis means for your child, for you, and for your wider family. It looks at sensory profiles, helps you handle your child’s anxiety, tackles education, and answers a variety of frequently asked questions.

Other topics covered by this sensitive and empowering book include how to have conversations with your child (the ‘autistic voice’), how to manage your child’s education and – importantly – the undeniable strengths of autism.

As an introduction to – and a celebration of – the intriguing, beguiling, frustrating and remarkable world of autism, this book will help you understand your child’s unique value and importance in the world.

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"This is a lovely book. Dr Beardon writes with humanity, sensitivity and understanding. Both beguilingly simple and profound, this book is readable and accessible yet asks - and answers - some unusual and complex questions. If more of us were to read it, it could quite simply enable a generation of autistic children to be happy with who they are."
Dr Clare Lawrence
This is the book I've been waiting for; it will now be on the top of our recommended reading list. It should be essential reading on any training course, and it is particularly helpful for anyone thinking about embarking on seeking, or having recently received, a diagnosis for themselves or their child.
Dr Linda Buchan
"This lovely book... is scholarly, accessible and respectful. Luke has years of valuable experience and is always thinking and learning about autism. His is a refreshing and honest voice in the field."
Professor Nicola Martin, London South Bank University
A timely and essential read for everyone who thinks that they or a family member may be autistic, and for everyone who has recently found out that they or a family member are autistic. It should also become essential reading for professionals working within the field.
Mark Isherwood AM, Welsh Conservative Assembly Member for North Wales Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government
educational, concise and truly accessible... a much-needed addition to the ASD-field.
Dr Josephine Storek