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October 2008

Getting the Best for Your Child With Autism: An Expert’s Guide to Treatment

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2008;162(10):997. doi:10.1001/archpedi.162.10.997

Getting the Best for Your Child With Autism: An Expert’s Guide to Treatment
Bryna Siegel
280 pp, $16.95, ISBN 13: 978-1-59385-317-4, New York, NY, The Guilford Press, 2008.

As a parent of a 16-year-old boy with high-functioning autism, this book would have served as an ideal guide for the initial diagnosis and treatment of autism, which now affects approximately 1 in 150 children in the United States. Bryna Siegel has brilliantly illuminated a way for parents to travel through the maze of information and misinformation, empowering them to develop strategies and treatment options that best fit their child.

As Dr Siegel begins guiding parents through the assessment process and diagnosis, she is helping them to view the world through the eyes of the child. She reassures parents that their knowledge of the child's particular habits, interests, and characteristics will help them play a key role in early diagnostic assessments.

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