British Journal of Occupational Therapy
The author provides an easy-to-read handbook for observing the communication, social play, and cognitive skills of young children with ASD through the use of stills from videos and photographs... This book could be a useful tool for the newly qualified therapist or for the professional with limited experience of working with children with autism, as well as educators and health professionals who seek to extend their knowledge and observation skills in this area.
Early Years Educator (eye)
This is a brilliant, visual, photo-illustrated, guide that demonstrates the benefits of early intervention and how having the right support in place early on can have such a significant and positive impact on a child's journey to adaptation and independence.
Gary B. Mesibov, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Although there are still many mysteries concerning Autism Spectrum Disorders, one thing generally agreed upon is that early intervention is important for more positive, long-term outcomes. This book offers an in-depth analysis of the quest for earlier identification strategies and training techniques and represents a major contribution that many will find invaluable. The research review is thorough and presented in a way that scientists, practitioners, and parents will be able to appreciate and understand. Its combination of scientific integrity, clear descriptions, and jargon-free explanations is one way that this book stands out. Another is that the book reflects the author's conviction that the use of many visuals, including pictures, photographs, and figures, is the best way for readers to understand the issues related to early identification of Autism Spectrum Disorders and to develop the necessary observational skills to be effective researchers and practitioners.
Susan J. Moreno, CEO and Founder, OASIS@MAAP, MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome
Patricia O'Brien Towle offers a fresh, new look at the intricacies of identification of autism in children. Her approach is very worth reviewing and taking into consideration when making this vital diagnostic call. Read, remember, and reference!