Right from the Start: A Practical Guide for Helping Young Children with Autism

Rowman & Littlefield. Dec. 2019. 200p. ISBN 9781475844405. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781475844412. CHILD REARING
In order to assist the one in 59 children (one in 37 for boys) with autism in this country, teachers and parents must understand the emotional challenges they face on a daily basis. By searching for the roots of problem behavior, teachers can avoid the all too common pitfall of letting these kids fall through the cracks. Here, autism specialists Donahue (psychology, Northampton Community Coll. PA) and Crassons (English, Lehigh Univ. PA) argue that self-regulation is the foundation for a child’s development, which allows them to deal with emotional highs and lows, control reactions, and remain calm. Strategies for improving self-regulation consist mostly of adjusting the learning experience and environment, emphasizing structure and consistency, and encouraging collaboration in a safe space.
VERDICT Parents and caregivers of autistic children and teens will find this work offers sensible and realistic ideas that apply to all areas of a child’s life.

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