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The Autistic Spectrum: A Guide for Parents and Professionals [Paperback]

Lorna Wing
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30 Jan 2003 1841196746 978-1841196749 2Rev Ed
Over 500,000 people of all ages in the UK have disorders in the autistic spectrum. About one-third also have varying degrees of learning difficulty. All have impairment of social interaction, communication and imagination - the world appears a bewildering and sometimes frightening place. Wing's acclaimed guide explains how people with autism experience the world and why they need an organized, structured environment. She suggests ways of improving communication, developing abilities and widening social interaction, and how to cope with stresses within the family.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson Publishing; 2Rev Ed edition (30 Jan 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841196746
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841196749
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A basic text for all professionals working in the field as well as for parents.' - Judith Gould, The Centre for Social and Communication Disorders

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This book is a basic introduction to the field of autistic spectrum disorders. It is primarily aimed at parents who have learnt that their son or daughter has an autistic condition but it would also be useful for professional workers who are beginning to work in this area. I hope that some people who know, or suspect, that they may have an autistic spectrum disorder would find it helpful.

The first part of the book describes in some detail the development from infancy and the pattern of skills and behaviour that can be seen in autistic disorders. Although there are many variations, autistic spectrum disorders have in common problems affecting socal interaction, communication and the develoment of imagination, associated with a narrow and repetitive pattern of interests and activities. I have described in some detail the many different forms that these problems can take. In the second part of the book, I have suggested ways of helping children and adults with autistic spectrum disorders cope with everyday life.

Being both a parent of a grown-up daughter with typical autism and a professional working in the field, I feel I have the advantage of seeing both points of view. I have tried to write in plain English without jargon and to tell it like it is.


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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsory reading 24 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
If you haven't read much about autism, this is the best possible place to start; if you've read lots about autism, you'll still find new information and insights in here. Lorna Wing is a renowned researcher who is also the mother of an autistic daughter herself, and she combines the two perspectives to provide a positive and reassuring guide to understanding autism and coping with it on a day-to-day basis.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Autistic Spectrum 23 April 2003
Format:Paperback
We have learnt more, through reading this book, than we have from any other source of information relating to autism. The most important aspect of this book is allowing others an insight into the condition wihtout creating fear and most importantly it allowed us to realise, we are not alone.
Excellently written, easy reading and a thoroughly educational insight into autism.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too negative 17 Aug 2008
Format:Paperback
The first half of this book is very interesting and tells you a lot about what to expect from an autistic child (I read it because my son has symptoms of autism). Unfortunately the book goes on to predict a depressing future for autistic adults which really got me down, and for this reason I recommend you don't read it as a first guide to autism.

There are plenty of more positive, practical books which explain autism and also give you ways to coax your child out of his autistic world and set him on a path to a more 'regular' life (eg 'Playing laughing and learning with children on the autism spectrum'). Read such books as these alongside Lorna Wing's and her book will be less depressing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very informative 2 Aug 2007
By cleo c
Format:Paperback
This is the third book i have read since my daughter was recently diagnosed. Out of all three i found this one to be the best.

I found it very informative and it doesnt push certain therapies and 'mircle cures' on to the reader.

It is very well written and a good guide for anyone interested in the subject.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have 5 Jan 2010
Format:Paperback
For any parent or person who needs to know more about the Autistic spectrum, this is the book you really must buy, it is no nonsense, no jargon, written in plain english by someone who really understands the condition and variations on the spectrum.
This really helped me gain more insight into my child, his behaviours and the world around us. It was nice to know it wasn't all in my head! Now to continue fighting the system...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative. 6 Aug 2007
Format:Paperback
This book was a god send to me in those dark days of my sons early years. My son was 2 when i started reading this book and it felt as though i was reading about my own son in the book.
Great book that i still refer to now and my son is 12.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 16 April 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It's an easy-to-read and practical book for references for parents and people who are related to people with disorders within the autism spectrum. Just have to keep in mind the development of the research the last couple of years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT 5 Feb 2011
By Andy
Format:Paperback
As far as I am concerned this is the best book on the subject of Autism, ( and I have read quite a few books ) Its very easy to read and packed with vital information on this often misunderstood condition that affects so many individuals. Lorna Wing is one of the leading experts on Autism. If you only buy one book on Autism this should be it, cant recomend it enough, its the bible on Autism.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book. Recommended
Published 8 days ago by PATRICIA MADDY
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read
Well written and informative
Published 12 days ago by Paul Morris
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful advice
A great read. Helpful advice for any parent/carer dealing with Autism and Aspergers. If you are struggling to understand this condition then you can't go wrong with this book
Published 2 months ago by donna blackband
5.0 out of 5 stars The Autistic Spectrum: A Guide for Parents and Professionals
A parent-friendly analysis of this disturbing phenomenon. Books of this type help concerned people understand more. Read more
Published 3 months ago by stephen Walsh
4.0 out of 5 stars an important book to read on the subject of Autism
Autism is being diagnosed in more and more people, so felt I needed to find out more about it for my working and personal life.
Published 3 months ago by fran
5.0 out of 5 stars A great overview of the topic
Accessible, well-organized, and extremely informative. I think it's a perfect first book for anyway who is working with children on the spectrum.
Published 4 months ago by Lorri Scilini
3.0 out of 5 stars what it says on the cover
I read this book as I wanted a better understanding of 'The autistic spectrum'... All things considered it was O.K. Read more
Published 9 months ago by ian mcknight
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing!!!
i recived this book thismorning, i am so far on page 38 and i am gripped. . ... it is so interesting and informative.
Published 11 months ago by Hayley Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars A useful and sensible guide
This book provides a fairly comprehensive guide for those encountering the autism spectrum and who wish to understand the background and detailed knowledge of the condition. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mrs J C P Fulton
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Would highly recommend for all parents and professionals working or living with Autism.
Great explanations,excellent advice. Read more
Published 12 months ago by BexAK
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