The author defends a modern approach that is only slowly beginning to become established in the German-speaking countries: as severe handicap, autism is not a rare condition. On the contrary, autism is a relatively frequent phenomenon with a wide spectrum ranging from mental handicap to highly gifted status, with mild to marked forms. This is illustrated with the help of an easily grasped colour scheme. This volume offers answers to many questions raised by those affected and also by specialists: How is autism diagnosed? How does an autism spectrum disturbance arise? What strategies are available to help with everyday upbringing and schooling? A series of case histories and portraits is provided to illustrate the variety encountered in autism. The book also includes practical guides that are accessible via the publishing company=s web site to provide detailed working materials for children with autism spectrum and for their parents and therapists. This third edition is supplemented with hints on individual educational solutions (home schooling, e-learning) and practical everyday aids in the form of apps.
Dr. med. Thomas Girsberger ist Facharzt für Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie. Er arbeitet seit 25 Jahren in eigener Praxis in der Nähe von Basel. Seine Schwerpunkte sind ADHS und Autismus-Spektrum.