By Karen Siff Exkorn
When Karen Siff Exkorn’s son, Jake, was diagnosed with autism, she struggled to pull together comprehensive information about the disorder. Fortunately, she was able to educate herself quickly, and her extensive at-home treatment of her son led to his amazing full recover. But the journey wasn’t easy, and now, in The Autism Sourcebook, Siff Exkorn offers parents the wisdom she wishes she’d had at the beginning. Providing medical information gleaned form the world’s foremost experts, and tying in her own firsthand experience as a parent, the author shares valuable knowledge about the following:
• Grasping what the diagnosis really means
• Coping with common marital and familial stress
• Understanding and accessing treatment options
• Making the stigma of autism a thing of the past
• Knowing your child’s rights in the school system
With extensive appendices, including the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Diagnostic Criteria for the Five Pervasive Developmental Disorders, and lists of Internet resources and top autism organizations worldwide, this is the single best resource available to parents and loved ones of children with autism.
After her son's recovery from autism, Karen Siff Exkorn made it her mission to reach out as a consultant to other families living with autism. With a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from New York University, she is a frequent lecturer at universities and autism organizations around the world. Karen has appeared on ABC's Good Morning America, Nightline, and an international media tour. She and her husband recently established the Siff Exkorn Family Foundation, which provides funding for research and treatment of autism. The author donates a percentage of the proceeds from book sales to autism organizations worldwide. She lives in Rockland County, New York, with her husband and son.