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ERIC Number: ED452667
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
One Mother's Reflections: Recent Reading about Autism.
Ziegler, Martha
Early Childhood Bulletin, Win 1999
There has recently been an explosion of interest and writing about autism, autism spectrum disorders, pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDDNOS). This issue of the "Early Childhood Bulletin" suggests readings for parents, therapists, and professionals serving on Interagency Coordinating Councils (ICCs). Four emerging trends related to autism are discussed, including: (1) increased respect for people with autism; (2) the importance of assessing and treating each child with autism as a unique individual; (3) the effectiveness of using a combination of approaches when working with children with autism; and (4) the critical need for family involvement in the education of young children with autism. Seven readings of the author's choice are then reviewed, including: "Right from the Start" (Sandra L. Harris and Mary Jane Weiss); "Movement Differences and Diversity in Autism/Mental Retardation" (Anne M. Donnellan and Martha R. Leary); "Little Rain Man" (Karen L. Simmons); "A Parent's Guide to Autism" (Charles A. Hunt); "Resource Guides from the States"; and "Targeting Autism" (Shirley Cohen). The author closes by discussing the impact that the U.S. Departments of Education's early intervention and preschool programs have had on helping young children with autism. (Contains 10 references.) (SG)
National Early Childhood Technical Assistance System (NECTAS), 137 E. Franklin St., Suite 500, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3628. Tel: 919-962-8426 (Voice); Tel: 877-574-3194 (TDD); Fax: 919-966-7463; e-mail:, For full text:
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Book/Product Reviews; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Policymakers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC. Early Education Program for Children with Disabilities.
Authoring Institution: National Early Childhood Technical Assistance System, Chapel Hill, NC.; Federation for Children with Special Needs, Boston, MA.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Theme issue.