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Targeting Autism reaches out to everyone who lives with or cares about a young child with autism. First published in 1998 and updated in 2002, author Shirley Cohen has recast this best seller throughout to chart the dynamics of the autism world in the first years of the twenty-first century. In this expanded edition she provides specifics about the new developments that have modified the map of the world of autism or that may do so in the near future.
Prologue to the Third Edition
Preface to the First Edition
PART ONE: WHAT IS AUTISM?
1. Meeting Autism
2. Having Autism
3. Life Cycles
PART TWO: TREATING AUTISM
5. We Have a Dream
6. Is ABA the Answer? Intervention Approaches
7. Whatever Happened to Equal Opportunity?
8. Some Thoughts on Alternative Treatments and Other Intervention Controversies
part three Looking for Cures, Recovery, and Better Lives
10. Moving toward Better Answers
Appendix A: Diagnostic Criteria for Autistic Disorder
Appendix B: Diagnostic Criteria for Asperger’s Disorder
Appendix C: Resources
Shirley Cohen is Professor of Special Education at Hunter College of the City University of New York.
"Readable, engaging, comprehensive, and highly informative. This well-balanced presentation represents an exceptional introduction to the field illustrated by very human stories that are bound to educate and inspire."—Edward Carr, Leading Professor, Dept. of Psychology, State University of New York, Stony Brook
"An informative and balanced overview of the different treatment options, and an excellent primer for parents just beginning their journey." - Nancy D. Wiseman, author of Could It Be Autism? A Parent's Guide to the First Signs and Next Steps
"Shirley Cohen's updated edition of Targeting Autism is essential reading, whether you're a parent, an educator, or a professional living with or supporting someone on the autism spectrum. Here you'll find precious insights into yourself, your work, your clients, and your loved ones. Dr. Cohen is masterful at unpacking the complexity of perspectives that constitute what we call the 'autism community.' She is a bridge builder par excellence!"—Valerie Paradiz, author of Elijah's Cup
Praise for the previous editions:
"This book contains a balanced discussion of the many different types of educational programs. It will help parents and professionals make wise choices. It needs to be in every library."—Temple Grandin, author of Thinking in Pictures and Other Reports from My Life with Autism
"Every developmental pediatrician, pediatric neurologist, and child psychiatrist in the country should be handing out copies of Targeting Autism along with the diagnosis. It is a marvel. In just 186 warm and engaging pages Cohen asks and answers the questions all of us face when we make potentially life-altering decisions concerning our chil-dren's treatment and education.... This book is a gift."—Catherine Johnson, Narrative: Newsletter of the National Alliance for Autism Research