Friday, May 14, 2010

The Autism Book: Review & Giveaway

About The Book:

With clarity and compassion, Dr. Robert Sears guides the reader through the maze of autism, explaining what precautions parents can take to decrease their baby's risk, how to detect autism at the earliest possible age, and how to proceed once a diagnosis has been made. The book provides parents with a simple and clear understanding of the biomedical treatment approach that Dr. Sears has used successfully with many of his young patients. It lays out a plan for developmental, behavioral, and learning therapies; shows parents how to begin treatments without a doctor's help; presents information on vaccines and their safe use; and includes an extensive resources section.



About The Author:

Robert Sears is a board-certified pediatrician in private practice with his father, William Sears. He received his medical degree from Georgetown University and completed his pediatric training at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles. He is the author of The Vaccine Book and HappyBaby, and the co-author of The Baby Book (revised edition), The Premature Baby Book, and The Baby Sleep Book

My Review:

I am a big fan of the Sears Parenting Library, having owned The Baby Book, The Premature Baby Book, and The Family Nutrition Book. The latest, The Autism Book, will be a welcome resource for any family, educator, caregiver or doctor, working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

It amazes me how the number of children being diagnosed with ASD over the last few years has increased rapidly. With no absolute, known causes this can be an often difficult disorder to deal with. In Canada alone, one in every 165 children are born with ASD. There are approximently 200,000 Canadians living with Austism Spectrum Disorder and that number does not include the family member and others involved in caring for those with ASD.

Dr. Robert Sears has written a wonderful, comprehensive book in The Autism Book. It covers all aspects of ASD including the importance of early diagnosis, signs and symptoms, treatments used in ASD, and how to prevent ASD. This last chapter really got me curious, you can prevent Autism? Really? Well yes, sort of. This chapter relates to those families who have one child with ASD and how to prevent subsequent children from possibly having it. Sears suggests avoiding a vitamen D deficiency, avoid mercury, going green, limiting antibiotics, vaccines (which is a whole other blog post), identify and fix food allergies early, as well as other preventative measures.

This book is also full of excellent lists of resources about treatments, websites, nutrition, and treatments. It is very easy to read and understand, even though written by a doctor! Which I love! And you will too!

I highly recommend this book and give it a thumbs up!

BUY IT: This book is available online, through Amazon.com and Amazon.ca - it is also available through your favorite local bookseller.


WIN IT: Three (3) readers will win a copy of The Austim Book


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GIVEAWAY ENDS JUNE 2, 2010


GOOD LUCK TO ALL!

***Thank you to Hachette Book Group and The Product Review Place for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review on this blog***

22 comments:

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  4. I would like to read this book to learn more about autism and be more aware. Huge fan of Dr. Sears, so I'd love to read about his opinions on the subject. Thanks!

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  5. Great book! My 17 yr old has autism. I'm surprised at times that we're both still here!

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  8. I am an early childhood educator who would love to read this book to learn more and then pass along to our resource library so that many families can benefit!

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  9. I'd love to win this book because my 11 yo son has autism and I have much to learn.

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  12. I would first read it for myself to become educated on the subject as teachers run across all types of students these days. Then I would give it to my friends who teach Special Education.

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  16. My son has autism, I would love to read it if it would help our family.
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  17. I would put this book in my school library for my fellow teachers and our students' parents to read.

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  19. I would send it to a friend of mine whose child has autism.

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