Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
978-0-7425-5288-3 • Paperback • January 2007 • $18.95 • (£14.99)
978-1-4617-1800-0 • eBook • January 2007 • $17.99 • (£13.99)
Chapter 1 "Well, I DO Like to Draw!": The Art of Defining Autism
Chapter 2 "But He Is Too Attractive to Have Autism!": Characteristics of Autism
Chapter 3 "Funny, I Don't Feel Sick!": Diagnosing Autism
Chapter 4 "Of Course, It Could Also Be...": Conditions Associated with Autism
Chapter 5 "Maybe YOU Need to be Modified": Strategies for Addressing General Behavioral Issues
Chapter 6 "Why Is Everything That I Like To Do Wrong?": Strategies for Addressing Self-Stimulation
Chapter 7 "Attack Me with This Bananna!": Strategies for Addressing Temper Tantrums and Aggression
Chapter 8 "What We Have Here Is a Failure to Communicate...": Strategies for Addressing Social and Communication Skills
Chapter 9 "Ten Minutes to Wapner!": Strategies for Addressing Fears, Fixations, and Routines
Chapter 10 "One Must Be a Student Before One Can Be a Teacher": General Strategies and Philosophies for Teaching Your Child
Chapter 11 "Okay! I Am the Quarterback!": Working Collaboratively with Special Educators
Chapter 12 "Someday You Are Going to Die...": Life After School and You
Chapter 13 Final Thoughts
Chapter 14 Glossary
Chapter 15 Resources
Dr. Cimera begins his book by showing that there is another side to the story than what parents were told even less than twenty years ago— when I was first diagnosed— and in some places even to this day: that there was no hope for children with autism, no matter how hard they tried. Covering various issues that autistic individuals have, from obsessions to temper tantrums, to issues autistic individuals will have as they get older, Dr. Cimera gives valuable advice to each problem. As you will see throughout every chapter, autism is not stupid or spoiled! It's a different way of being, thinking, and feeling that sometimes needs to be better understood. Fortunately, this book will help.
— James Williams, James is an eighteen-year-old homeschooled high school senior. Diagnosed with autism at the age of three, he was the benefici
An open-minded, positive approach to autism... Packed with useful information and written with warmth, compassion and humor, this book will be a godsend for parents and teachers of children with autism and autism-spectrum disorders.
The increased prevalence of autism is a growing concern, and Cimera (special education, Kent State Univ.) offers hope by stressing the positive: individuals with autism can lead successful lives. The author reinforces this position by introducing the idea that an individual with autism is different from the typical person (versus disordered). He presents practical information for families and educators, covering a full range of topics relative to the diagnosis and the management of individuals with autism-spectrum disorders. This information includes defining autism, describing characteristics of autism and social communication skills, and managing behavior, self-stimulation, temper tantrums, and so on. He concludes with a discussion of adults with autism. Cimera lends a personal touch by writing in the first person, describing his experiences while working with individuals with autism. The book also serves as a review for working speech-language pathologists and as an informative, easy-to-understand resource for a broad audience. Highly recommended.
— Choice Reviews