The new book, "Autism Spectrum Disorders," by newly-appointed CAN San Diego Chapter President Chantal Sicile-Kira is an essential source of information and advice in plain everyday language. It can help anyone who is affected by autism today, from the parent of a newly diagnosed child, to someone who has been in the trenches for years. Perhaps a better title for this book would have been "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Autism - But Didn't Know Who To Ask."
This book has recently been nominated for the 2005 PEN/ Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction, and the UK edition was the recipient of the 2003 San Diego Book Award for 'Best in Health.'
Sicile-Kira taught autistic adolescents, then worked as a case manager providing information to families of children with developmental disabilities, including autism before having a child with autism. Living and raising her son, who now 15 and severely autistic, in three different countries forced Sicile-Kira to sharpen her resource finding and analytic skills, and this clearly shows in her book. As one parent put it "Sicile-Kira understands that families have been starved for information presented in a logical format without prejudice or condescension and this book delivers on all counts."
Sicile-Kira tackles the big issues such as the importance of seeking a diagnosis, the emotional aspects of having a child with autism, the vaccine controversy and what to do after a diagnosis. Parents who are seeking information about the interventions to help their child will appreciate the chapter on treatments and therapies, where each method is explained and summarized and includes the best resources for more information, allowing parents to do their own research and draw their own conclusions.
Whether you are a parent of a newly diagnosed child, an older parent, a professional new to the field of autism, an educator with a child mainstreamed in your class, or a respite worker, you will find many nuggets of useful information in this book to help you on your journey in the world of autism spectrum disorders.