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June/July 2009 Issue
Living Without Books: Autism Awareness
What happens when a parent harbors a strong sense that “something is wrong” with her baby? Most pediatric experts wait two years or so, assessing a child’s developmental progress before diagnosing autism or Asperger’s syndrome. Now researchers Osnat and Philip Teitelbaum offer an early-warning system to possibly detect ASD symptoms in children who are younger. Well-written with clear prose and reader-friendly illustrations, Does Your Baby Have Autism? (Square One Publishers) explains the subtle differences between normal developmental patterns (rolling over, sitting, crawling, walking, balancing) and how babies on the autistic spectrum might progress. For each atypical sign, the Teitelbaums provide suggestions that caregivers can take immediately to address behavior. An eye-opening book for any parents who are wondering—and waiting.