Friday, May 14, 2010
The Autism Book: Review & Giveaway
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
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!
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***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***