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Journal of Child and Family Studies

, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp 246–248 | Cite as

Byrna Siegel, Getting the Best for Your Child with Autism: An Expert’s Guide to Treatment

Guildford Press, New York, 2008, 279 pp
  • Ramasamy Manikam
Book Review

Autism is a syndrome that adversely affects a child’s communication, behavior, and socialization. There is no medical test to diagnose autism. Diagnosis is made through behavioral observations with the help of checklists and educational testing. Children with autism fail to be independent in many areas of their lives, especially in their Activities of Daily Living. A good number of them are entered into institutional care when they are older.

The last decade has witnessed an exponential increase in the diagnosis of autism. Some published data has put the number as high as 1 in 150 children in the United States. This has brought on an explosion of interventions that is overwhelming to caregivers. Caregivers are confronted with a never ending array of information and intervention peddlers of autism. However, most of their claims are not based on any meaningful research and/or their results published in peer-reviewed journals. As Gina Green aptly stated, “In the absence of true scientific...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.St. Mary’s Hospital for ChildrenBaysideUSA

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