Asperger's Syndrome In Young Children
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©2004. By Laurie Leventhal-Belfer and Cassandra Coe. This book addresses the specific development and needs of young children with Asperger Syndrome (AS) between the ages of 3 and 6. As the ability to diagnose children with AS and other autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) continues to increase in accuracy, the age at which children may be diagnosed becomes younger and younger. This book will be particularly useful for parents as it looks specifically at what can be done for preschool-age children with AS. The authors address the development of children with AS as compared to neurotypical (NT) children of the same age; what the expect from the diagnostic process; the wide variation in how children with AS present; emotional stages parents can expect to go through after the diagnosis; several different types of typical intervention strategies, such as dyadic therapy, group therapy, speech and language therapy, and occupational therapy; what to look for in a good intervention program; and how to build successful connections with the child's school and teachers. It also contains appendices on diagnostic criteria, a behavioral strategies chart for group settings, and eligibility criteria for special education services in the United States.
©2007-2008. Autism Society of North Carolina.