My Child Has Autism, Now What?
10 Steps to Get You Started
"Your child has autism" – four small words with the power to leave parents feeling helpless, overwhelmed, and confused. This concise, no-nonsense book will enable parents to regain control of the situation and take the first practical steps towards a calm and happy life with their newly-diagnosed child.
Dr. Larson Kidd's approach draws from the vast amount of information available on parenting a child with autism and distils it into ten manageable steps. It covers the key aspects of life with a child on the autism spectrum, including the basics such as sleeping, eating, and toileting, through adapting the home, creating routines, and exploring therapy. Ready-to-implement strategies are outlined simply and clearly, and are firmly grounded in the author's extensive experience of supporting children with autism.This practical book will be essential and empowering reading for every parent whose child has recently been diagnosed with autism or for parents still struggling with where to begin to help their child.
Introduction: Beginning the Path
Step One: Help Your Child with Sleeping, Eating, and Toileting
Step Two: Help Your Child by Using Visual Supports
Step Three: Incorporate Sensory Integration Strategies
Step Four: Simplify Areas in Your Home
Step Five: Use Music to Help Your Child
Step Six: Create Routines
Step Seven: Take Your Child to Speech/Language Therapy
Step Eight: Start Educational Services
Step Nine: Start with the Basic Biomedical Interventions
Step Ten: Build a Support Team
Afterword: You Are on Your Way
Appendix A: Sensory Plan Format
Appendix B: Samples of IEP Goals and Services
Appendix C: Educational Services Information in the United States
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