Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Book Review: Sharing Information About Your Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Vicker, B. (2007). Sharing information about your child with autism spectrum disorder: What do respite or alternative caregivers need to know? Shawnee Mission, KS: Autism Asperger's Publishing Co.
CeDIR's Call No. 50.7 .V5

Beverly Vicker, a speech pathologist with the Indiana Resource Center for Autism here at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, has written a great book to help parents of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) ensure that respite and alternative caregivers have all the information they need to "safely and reliably address the child's needs during the parents absence." It’s often difficult to think of all the details of the day which can be so important to a child with ASD, so to help parents Vicker has written this step-by-step manual.

Sharing Information about Your Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder is a practical guide divided into five sections. Section I includes worksheets designed to help parents decide what to share and how to share it. Section II provides topic sheets for caregivers addressing issues associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Section III gives examples of two families’ information sharing practices. Section IV provides blank forms to create your own information packet. Section V covers a variety of reference resources, including a list of recommended further reading. Included with the book is a CD-ROM with electronic copies of the worksheets to make creating and updating your caregiver's information packet easier. This book is a “must have” for parents of children with ASD!

Indiana residents who would like to check out this book can email us at cedir@indiana.edu or call (800) 437-7924.

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