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Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Every Parent Needs to Know

What Every Parent Needs to Know

American Academy of Pediatrics

Edited By:
Alan I. Rosenblatt, MD, FAAP, and Paul S. Carbone, MD, FAAP
$ 14.95
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Table of Contents

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Chapter 1:               What Are Autism Spectrum Disorders?

Chapter 2:               What Causes Autism Spectrum Disorders?

Chapter 3:               How Do I Know If My Child Has an Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Chapter 4:               Behavioral and Developmental Treatment

Chapter 5:               Tapping Educational Services

Chapter 6:               When Other Therapies Aren’t Enough – The Role of Medication

Chapter 7:               The Role of Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Chapter 8:               Partnering With Your Pediatrician

Chapter 9:               Services in My Community

Chapter 10:             Accessing the Care

Chapter 11:             Adolescence and Beyond

Chapter 12:             Putting It All Together: Everyday Strategies for Helping Your Child

Chapter 13:             Autism Spectrum Disorders and Our Family

Chapter 14:             The Future of Autism

Chapter 15:             Advocating for Children with Autism



A:        Resources

B         Early Intervention Program Referral Form

C:        Emergency Information Form

D.        Medication Flow Chart





Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Every Parent Needs to Know is an invaluable resource for parents and caregivers of children who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Prepared under the editorial direction of  2 distinguished pediatricians who are autism experts—one of whom is also the parent of a son with autism—this book helps you understand how ASDs are defined and diagnosed and provides you with information on the most current types of behavioral and developmental therapies. It also helps parents understand what they can do to help promote a smooth transition from adolescence through the teen years and into adulthood.

 Topics include

  • Symptoms, frequency, and types of ASDs
  • Accessing care
  • Services in the community
  • Tapping into educational resources
  • Behavioral and developmental treatment
  • The role of complementary and alternative medicine
  • Screening tools
  • Adolescence and beyond

You’ll also find inspirational and supportive stories from other parents that will help you recognize that you’re not alone on this journey. Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Every Parent Needs to Know provides you with tools to help navigate the sometimes challenging world of autism spectrum disorders.




Covers a wide range of topics in a straight forward, common sense manner, such as diagnosis, different behavioral therapies, family stress issues, and lots of other vital information.  Essential reading for parents of young children with autism.


Temple Grandin, Author

Thinking in Pictures




Outstanding book and a tremendous resource for parents of autistic children. It is also a must-read for anyone else working to help children with autism reach their full potential. The AAP and the book's editors, pediatricians Drs. Alan Rosenblatt and Paul Carbone (who also happens to be the parent of a child with autism), know what they're talking about!


Richard E. Besser, MD, FAAP

Chief Health and Medical Editor

ABC News




Parents looking for a resource after an autism diagnosis will pull Autism Spectrum Disorders, What Every Parent Needs to Know off the shelf with great frequency. The AAP and Drs, Carbone and Rosenblatt cover complex issues in an accessible manner. I will recommend this resource to families in need of quality information regarding services and supports for their children with autism.


Patricia Wright, PhD, MPH

Executive Director, Autism Services

Easter Seals

About the author

American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is an organization of 60,000 member pediatricians dedicated to the health, safety, and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. One of the major activities of the AAP is providing reliable educational materials for parents and caregivers. Under the direction of a medical editor, content developed by the AAP is rigorously reviewed by appropriate committee members to ensure compliance with the organization's current policy and recommendations.

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