When Karen Siff Exkorn's son, Jake, was diagnosed with autism, she struggled to pull together comprehensive information about the disorder. Fortuanately, she was able to educate herself quickly, and her extensive at-home treatment of her son led to his amazing full recovery. She offers parents the wisdom she wishes she'd had at the beginning. Recent studies show that there is a worldwide epidemic of autism. More than 1.5 million people are affected in the United States alone, with 1 in every 166 children diagnosed. Early detection and early intervention are two of the key factors in improving prognosis-but too often, parents get bogged down in denial or confusion about the still mysterious disorder. Providing accessible medical information glaned from the world's foremost experts, the author offers an inside look at families with children who have autism, and ties in her own firsthand experience as a parent, including knowledge about what the diagnosis really means, understanding and accessing treatment options and coping with common marital and familial stress.
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