Author(s): Elizabeth Attfield and Hugh Morgan
By giving a concise account of what life may be like following the diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) in the family, this book examines service provision at different stages, and provides information for parents, carers and practitioners.
Parents want support and advice during and after a diagnosis of ASDs, and professionals want to be able to give the right answers. This book will meet the needs of both.
Issues dealt with include:
Elizabeth Attfield began her career as a Language teacher in Secondary schools. After retraining to work with Primary age children, she held a variety of posts in mainstream and special educational settings, before moving to the voluntary sector as Parent Partnership Officer. She joined autism.west midlands over eleven years ago as Information Officer and is also the mother of a 24 year old son with ASD and SLD who now lives in an autism specific adult residential setting in Lincolnshire, having previously been a pupil at Sunfield School, Clent. In her current role as Learning and Professional Development Manager, her specific remit is to take the lead on all aspects of autism training both within autism.west midlands and externally, including the co-ordination of accredited autism training. Her particular areas of autism related interest are communication, play and social skills and working effectively with families. She is co-editor of the Good Autism Practice Journal and co-author of Living with Autistic Spectrum Disordera.
How to Use This Book Understanding the Parental Emotional Rollercoaster Brothers and Sisters and Wider Family Issues Autism: Some Key Facts Getting a Statement of Educational Needs Choosing a School Where after School? Coping With the Everyday Impact of Autism on Family Life Developing Positive Strategies for Difficult Times Managing Change and Transitions Choice Making and Developing Self-Esteem Facing the Future Who Is Who, Who Does What and Why? Working Together Effectively - Families and Professionals Keeping It All In Perspective