Living With Autism
Dustin Hoffman’s portrayal of an autistic character in the hugely popular movie Rain Man possibly brought the world’s attention to the sufferings of an autistic man. But what if the sufferer was a child? Is it normal for a child to refuse to hug or be hugged? What if the child engages in odd ritualistic movements like rocking or uses gestures instead of words to communicate? These are just some subtle signs of autism that a parent might miss. So what is autism? What impact does it have on the child? Can it be treated? Living with Autism provides important information about this developmental disorder, and the treatments and therapies available, and gives suggestions as to how families can cope with autism. This sensitively written book is essential for parents, teachers and caregivers. Revised and updated, Living with Autism is part of a series of handbooks on mental health in children written by mental health professionals from the Child Guidance Clinic.