According to the Center for Disease Control, one in every 68 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder.
In response to this reality, The American Academy of Pediatrics published this invaluable resource book for families and caregivers of children diagnosed with autism.
Dr. Paul Carbone is the father of one such child.
Drs. Carbone and Rosenblatt are both pediatricians and experts in the field of autism spectrum disorder. Based on their personal and professional experience, they have compiled and edited a comprehensive tool that helps the reader to understand what autism spectrum disorders are and how they are diagnosed.
They provide a comprehensive review of current treatment and care practices.
The book discusses current research about genetic and environmental contributors to autism spectrum disorder. It addresses current hot topics such as vaccinations, citing volumes of scientific studies.
But this book is more than just a primer on an increasingly pervasive condition. It is a compendium of resources that discusses other topics like partnering with your pediatrician, accessing services in your community, medications and access to care.
It references financial tools and resources and insurance as well as social and government assistance programs.
A family solution
One of the later chapters in this wonderful reference book discusses the impact of autism spectrum disorder on families.
For the invaluable thoughts in this chapter alone, this book comes highly recommended.
Having a child with an autism can put tremendous stress on parents and family.
A thoughtful chapter on parenting helps families and caregivers develop routines and strategies that ensure careful, loving care for a child with an autism spectrum disorder, but also for self-care and care for the entire family.
It is unclear whether the occurrence of autism spectrum disorders has increased in recent years or whether modern diagnostics have simply made us more aware of their prevalence among our children and adolescents.
Regardless, this book brings light and hope to parents, families and caregivers whose loved ones are affected by these disorders.