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This book shares the authors' personal experience of bringing up their autistic son who at age 13 is now described as high functioning (from an early diagnosis of severe autism). It also draws on the latest research and expert opinion from around the world. The book will give parents and carers the confidence and knowledge they need to tackle the problems and issues they face. There is much that can be done to improve the quality of an autistic child's life. The book shares Jon's experience with some of the children he has treated who have done so well that they can be considered recovered. The book includes: advice for the first year of a child's life; the facts and risks of vaccination; diagnosis and the impact on a family; a look at the therapies available and why different ones will suit different children; the importance of diet and how to alleviate the debilitating gut problems experienced by most children; advice on education and schooling; how to cope as a family and a couple; dealing with difficult issues such as puberty; and thinking about the longterm future for your child. Strong resources section included.

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