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Review and Giveaway: The Autism Book

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April is Autism Awareness Month, the perfect time to read The Autism Book by Dr. Robert W. Sears. A more informative title for the book might be An Encyclopedia of Autism. This nearly-400-page tome covers everything from early symptoms and potential risk factors to different treatments, medications, and therapies as well as lifestyle and diet changes that sometimes alleviate the symptoms of autism. Sears points out that we don’t know what causes autism and that there is currently no cure. He also cautions that what works well for one child may produce no results for another.

Because the research on treatment options for autism is limited, Sears frequently resorts to giving his personal opinions about various treatment options. These opinions are valuable because of Sears’ expertise and passion for the subject matter, but they should still be taken as one pediatrician’s take on what remains an under-researched epidemic.

The Hachette Book Group provided a copy of this book for me to review, and they are offering THREE additional copies to readers of this blog with addresses in the US or Canada (no P.O. Boxes). To enter, just leave a comment on this post. You can get extra entries if you visit the book’s website and leave a comment telling me something you learned. You can get one entry for each site – just leave separate comments. You can also get extra entries by following this blog and subscribing by email – again, just leave a comment for each thing that you do. Make sure you use an active email address, so I can contact you if you win. This giveaway will run until 9AM EDT on April 26th, when a winner will be chosen using random.org.

MaryAnne lives is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

21 thoughts on “Review and Giveaway: The Autism Book”

  1. At the TACA site, I learned that autism is usually diagnosed between the ages of 18 months and 5 years.

  2. Well, Duh. The TACA site is what you link to after the book page. So you showed me! Sorry. I did learn from both links that there are traditional and biomedical therapies. As a social worker most that I would do should I have the opportunity to work with children on the spectrum would be traditional therapies.

  3. My grandson has autism and I would like to win this book to understand
    more of this condition.

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