Sunday, April 10, 2011

Cutting - Edge Therapies for Autism 2011-2012 Edition

As more and more children are diagnosed with Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders, we are finding that these conditions manifest themselves in many ways.  It has also become clear that there is no single cookie-cutter way to treat our kids.  For all the things we find in common, we also see the differences.  If you spend any time in support groups, on internet message boards, facebook pages, or any other way that parents connect; you'll find that for every mother who has a seen great improvement using a certain method, she'll have several who agree with her, and others who chime in that they tried the same thing with no result.  Some have not found anything to be helpful at all.. but we keep at it.  We are always hopeful, always willing to try one more thing.  Whatever it takes to help our kids.

This year's edition of Cutting Edge Therapies for Autism was released on April 1st, and it is absolutely jam packed with every type of treatment that you could ever imagine trying.  This book is 528 pages filled with information.  For each therapy included, there is a short biography about the expert who has submitted their piece.  Next, a short bit about why and how this therapy applies to autism spectrum disorders.  After that there are the details and specifics of the therapies themselves.

I will admit, I was surprised at the sheer amount of information in this book.  If it's been tried, you'll find it.  Companion pets, chelation, medications, speech therapy, relationship development intervention, diet and gut issues, and on, and on and on.. 

Additionally, there are also many resources listed in the back of the book.  Schools, organizations and online communities are all included.  There is also a recommended reading list and an extensive index to help the reader find what he's looking for.  If you have a child who falls anywhere on the autism spectrum, it is very likely that there will be something in this book of benefit to you.

The two men who compiled this book, Tony Lyons, and Ken Siri, are both autism dads.  They share similar stories of children who were developing normally, and then changed during their toddler years.  This is their second edition of Cutting Edge Therapies for Autism, out just in time for Autism awareness month.

Available through Shyhorse Publishing Company, this 6x9 inch paperback sells for $17.95 ($22.50 in Canada)  I know I will be reaching for this one often.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the National  Autism Association.  You can find it for sale at amazon .com .

Here is their description:
Information for every parent of a child with autism, updated and revised with the latest developments.

The parents of children with autism know that research is a full-time job. For parents with limited time, ability, or resources to do this, Ken Siri and Tony Lyons have compiled the latest in autism research and treatment. Cutting-Edge Therapies for Autism contains contributions from more than eighty experts on a variety of therapies, models, and multifaceted evaluation and treatment centers. Each contributor provides readers with an easy-to-understand description of the topic, including its scientific rationale, development, risks, and benefits. Siri and Lyons include the therapies of the future, focusing on current clinical trials, ongoing research, and the researchers who are striving to better understand autism and find new treatments.

Revised and updated to reflect the new developments in the last year, the 2011–2012 edition explains possible causes of autism, including food allergies and gastrointestinal diseases in children. An extensive variety of therapies is discussed, from dietary interventions that reduce sugars and remove gluten to animal assisted therapies that place a dog or cat in the care of the autistic individual to help enhance social and developmental skills. Filled with numerous case studies and more than seventy distinct subjects, Cutting-Edge Therapies for Autism is a detailed and informative guide for anyone affected by autism. 94 black-and-white illustrations

It probably goes without saying, but just to be clear, I am only a blogger and  I do not advise or endorse trying any of these methods without speaking to a doctor or other specialist first.  In fact, some of the ideas in these chapters made my jaw drop.  The book will give you ideas or places to begin conversations with professionals.

**Thank you to Skyhorse Publishing for providing a copy of this book to me so that  Could write an informed review.  I was not compensated for this post.