Help for the Child with Asperger's Syndrome
240 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:29 Sep 2004
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Help for the Child with Asperger's Syndrome

A Parent's Guide to Negotiating the Social Service Maze

Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Parents of children diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome frequently find themselves embarking on an exhausting and disheartening hunt for the services and interventions that their child needs - and is entitled to. Gretchen Mertz presents a readable and comprehensive parent's guide to developing an intervention program for a child with AS.Beginning with the search for a diagnosis, she outlines an accessible overview of the helpful and appropriate services that are available, how to find them and get funding for them, what to expect of them, and how to evaluate them. The issues raised and the information given will be pertinent to any parent of a child that has (or may have) AS. It will also be an invaluable resource for social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists who wish to find or offer appropriate support for children with Asperger's Syndrome.
Gretchen Mertz has a son with Asperger's Syndrome. She researched many of the legal and medical issues surrounding this condition to deal with government officials, school administrators, insurance company representatives and medical and therapeutic professionals to create and implement an appropriate program for her son. Her professional experience includes working as an educator and a legal assistant. She lives with her husband and two children in Philadelphia, where she works all day and writes all night.
Foreword by Tony Attwood. Introduction. Part I. Diagnosis: How to Make the Most of It. Chapter 1. Finding a Diagnosis. Chapter 2. Be Aware of Similar and Overlapping Diagnoses. Chapter 3. The Usefulness of Diagnosis. Part II. Further Down The Maze: Starting Intervention. Chapter 4. Finding The Right Program. Chapter 5. Speech Therapy. Chapter 6. Occupational Therapy. Chapter 7. Related Therapies. Part III. The Education Machine: The Maze to End All Mazes. Chapter 8. What's Needed for Students with Asperger's Syndrome. Chapter 10. How to Get It? Part IV. Daily Life: Progressing in The Maze. Chapter 11. Coordinating Therapy for Healthcare System, School, and Home. Chapter 12. Home Front Hints Appendix I. DSM-IV Definitions of Asperger's Syndrome and Related Disorders. Appendix II. Sample IEPs, BIPs and FBAs. Appendix III. Sample Blank Section 504 Service Plan. Appendix IV. Key Sections of IDEA Regulations. Appendix V. Key Sections of Section 504 Regulations. Appendix VI: When and How to Hire a Lawyer. Appendix VII: State Government Numbers for Information on Medical Assistance. References. Index.
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