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New free autism manual for parents

Finding reliable parenting resources is a challenge, but is even more difficult than usual for parents of special needs children. The National Autism Center has attempted to step in and fill this need by providing a new manual for parents of autistic children titled, "A Parent's Guide to Evidence-Based Practice and Autism." The new manual brings together a variety of autism experts.

The writers of the manual describe it as a "134-page manual focuses on helping parents as they make decisions about how to best help children with ASD reach their full potential. It begins with a review of the autism spectrum, symptoms, and co-occurring conditions, and identifies and describes effective treatments. Other topics include the importance of professional judgment, the role of family preferences and values in the decision-making process, and factors to consider when choosing a team of professionals to help their child." One of the experts that helped create the manual, Dr. Hanna C. Rue, explains that while there are many resources available on Autism, few have undergone the scruitiny of so many experts.

The new manual is available for free download at http://www.nationalautismcenter.org/learning/family.php

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