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Autism Parent Handbook

Start with the End Goal in Mind

Raun Melmed (author) Wendela Whitcomb Marsh (author)

ISBN: 9781949177664

Publication Date: Apr 2021

Format: Paperback

Once a diagnosis of autism is made, a myriad of questions arises. Why is this happening? What can I do? How will I cope? What will the future bring? A roadmap is needed, a handbook to refer to when all seems overwhelming. This book walks parents through the steps of early intervention by demonstrating ways to achieve the most optimal outcomes.
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Once a diagnosis of autism is made, a myriad of questions arises.

Why is this happening? What can I do? How will I cope? What will the future bring? Will I ever smile again?

A roadmap is needed, a handbook to refer to when all seems overwhelming. The priorities are to begin the healing process and to start treatment. The way to ensure success is to begin with the end goals in mind. It is remarkable how things fall into place once a vision of the future is formulated – a productive, upstanding, and most important, happy adult!

This book walks parents through the steps of early intervention by demonstrating ways to achieve the most optimal outcomes. We address the following:

  • Happy adults have a positive outlook, feel valued when their passions are honored and when interest is shown in the things they love. We can help children foster those attitudes in early childhood.
  • Productive adults regulate their emotions, manage their time, cope with change, make wise choices and accept responsibility for their actions. We illustrate how to develop these skills from the outset.
  • Adults perform skills independently and complete tasks necessary for work and home life. Children should be expected to do the same and we outline ways how to do that.
    • Wherever a parent is on their parenting journey, and whatever age the child is, now is the time to look forward and plant seeds for the future, beginning with the end in mind. Our shared goal is to honor the glory that is in all of us, and to enhance each child's journey towards their fullest potential. If you are now confused and overwhelmed, you need a compassionate and optimistic guide for the early years and beyond. Where to start? Right here.

Pages 150
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Apr 2021
Publisher Future Horizons
Subject/s Family & health   Child welfare   Autism & Asperger's Syndrome  
  • PREFACE: Begin with the End in Mind
  • PART I FIRST STEPS: They Say it's Autism…What Does That Mean?
  • Chapter 1 Hearing the News
  • Chapter 2 Responding to the News
  • Chapter 3 Looking Forward
  • PART II HOME BASE: Create an Environment that Works for Everyone
  • Chapter 4 Home Safe Home
  • Chapter 5 Home Sweet Classroom
  • Chapter 6 Home Sweet Home
  • PART III HEALTHY HABITS START AT HOME: Start on the Right Path from Day One
  • Chapter 7 Nutrition Needs
  • Chapter 8 Exercise Needs
  • Chapter 9 Sleep Needs
  • Chapter 10 Stimulation Needs
  • Chapter 11 Well-Child Check-Up
  • PART IV LEARN TO LOVE THE PARADE: Get the Most out of Your Professionals
  • Chapter 12 Who Are All These People?
  • Chapter 13 What Should My Child be Learning?
  • Chapter 14 What Shouldn't My Child be Learning?
  • PART V OUT AND ABOUT: Venturing Forth into the Community
  • Chapter 15 The Unwritten Rules of the Park and Playground
  • Chapter 16 How to Go to the Grocery Store Without Going Crazy
  • Chapter 17 Navigating Barber Shops, Dentists' Offices, and the Rest of the World
  • Chapter 18 Safety First…But What if They Get Lost Anyway?
  • PART VI EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER: When There is No Emoji to Express What They Feel
  • Chapter 19 Negative Feelings: Anxiety, Anger, Sadness
  • Chapter 20 Positive Feelings: Joy, Delight, Ecstasy
  • Chapter 21 Strategies for Dealing with Over-stimulation
  • PART VII SCHOOL DAYS: Navigating the IEP Process
  • Chapter 22 What is an IEP, Anyway? (And What's My Role as Parent?)
  • Chapter 23 How to Assert Your Child's Rights (Without Being a Jerk)
  • PART VIII TRANSITIONS: Look the Future in the Eye Without Blinking
  • Chapter 24 Pre-Adolescence and the Dreaded Teen Years
  • Chapter 25 Transition Planning: Educational
  • Chapter 26 Transition Planning: Financial
  • Chapter 27 Transition Planning: Recreational
  • Chapter 28 Transition Planning: Vocational
  • PART IX PARENTS AND CHILDREN IN THE TIME OF COVID
  • POSTSCRIPT: CONGRATULATIONS! You Are on the Right Track and Moving
  • Foreward
  • RESOURCES
Dr. Raun D. Melmed is a developmental and behavioral pediatrician and Director of the Melmed Center in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is also co-founder and Medical Director of the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center, and Adjunct Senior Researcher at the Translational Genomics Institute in Phoenix. Dr. Melmed has established physician-training programs for the early identification of infants and toddlers with autism and other developmental and behavioral concerns. He is currently investigating the genetics and phenotypes of autism, as well as the use of novel therapeutic agents in the treatment of ADHD and autism. He is author of Autism and the Extended Family: A Guide for Those Outside the Immediate Family Who Know, Love Someone with Autism and Autism Early Intervention: Fast Facts: A Guide That Explains the Evaluations, Diagnoses, and Treatments for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Dr. Wendela Whitcomb Marsh, MA, BCBA, RSD, has been a special education teacher, school psychologist, autism specialist, speaker, writer, counselor, university instructor, and board-certified behavior analyst. She is the mother of two awesome individuals with autism, and was married for twenty-seven years to an amazing man with Asperger's syndrome. People on the spectrum, and the dedicated teachers who work with them, are among her favorite people in the world. Dr. Marsh lives in Salem, Oregon with her three children.

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