"*According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an autism diagnosis occurs in one out of every 88 children, and the discovery is devastating to parents, who are often bewildered by the onslaught of information available and advice coming from all sides. Coauthors Delmolino (clinical faculty, Rutgers Univ.; director, Douglass Developmental Disabilities Ctr.) and Harris (emerita, Rutgers Univ.; executive director, Douglass Developmental Disabilities Ctr.) offer a detailed, authoritative guide that discusses everything from early indicators of autism to likely behaviors (including those rooted in sensory issues), how-to's for increasing communication and social skills, and family support. Case studies and reviews of promising research and interventions make this the go-to guide for parents of autistic children. VERDICT This is the manual that parents have been asking for. Highly recommended for those with newly diagnosed children, this helpful work is essential for all public library collections."
-Library Journal (*starred review)
"The tone of Essential First Steps is extraordinarily hopeful. Each chapter opens with the story of a family, and proceeds to explain diagnoses, treatment plans, and strategies for the whole family. The emphasis is on scientifically-proven methods of treating ASD. Parents are cautioned about delays in treatment, fraudulent treatments and roadblocks to treatment. The emphasis is on encouraging early intervention strategies and utilizing well-trained professionals. For a little book, Essential First Steps is full of useful information. The content would be easily read by college-educated parents, but may be more of a struggle for others."
-CAPHIS Consumer Connections
"[A] quick-start guide with best practices, case studies, and developmental tables, offering families, teachers, and therapists the immediate help they need to help a child with ASD."
-Autism Asperger Digest, September-October 2014
"For families seeking a single resource on what to do when their child is diagnosed with autism, this is it! The book empowers families to make sense of their child's diagnosis, find effective intervention, and turn everyday situations into learning opportunities for the child. Grounded in the latest scientific research yet easy to read, the book is full of practical, expert information and guidance."
-Tristram Smith, Ph.D.
Professor of Pediatrics, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York
"This is an absolute must-read for parents of children newly diagnosed with an ASD. Written by two of the world's foremost authorities and most highly experienced clinicians, the book clearly shows their decades of experience working with children and communicating the essentials to parents. It covers all the bases, is organized in the most helpful way for the reader, summarizes current research in easy-to-grasp language, and presents only evidence-based techniques, encouraging parents to be critical consumers of therapy."
-Deborah Fein, Ph.D.
UConn Board of Trustees
Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology, Department of Pediatrics, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut