Autism and the Extended Family: A Guide for People Who Love Someone with Autism
Author(s): Dr. Raun Melmed, Maria Wheeler, M.Ed.
Not many resources examine how autism affects grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Yet, they are all affected by this disorder, too! Follow Dr. Raun Melmed, Developmental Pediatrician, and Maria Wheeler, MEd, as they examine the complex relationships that develop and are changed by an autism diagnosis in the family.
Dr. Melmed has been instrumental in setting up nationally recognized physician training programs for the early identification of infants and toddlers with developmental and behavioral concerns and has authored a program geared toward the early screening of autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Melmed is the co-author of Succeeding with Difficult Children. He has published numerous articles and chapters and has presented around the world on topics related to development and learning. Dr. Melmed is a member of the board of directors of community agencies including the New Directions Institute, the Council for Jews with Special Needs. Dr. Melmed is principal investigator in numerous studies including the use of novel therapeutic agents in the treatment of ADHD and autism. He is a co-principal investigator in studies involving family linkage, proteomics and gene expression in autism. He lives in Scottsdale, AZ.
Maria Wheeler, M.Ed., has spent more than 20 years in the fields of psychology and special education, with an emphasis on neurobehavioral disorders, applied behavior analysis, and specific learning disabilities. She authored the definitive guide Toilet Training for Individuals with Autism or Other Developmental Issues, as well as the staple behavior guide A Treasure Chest of Behavioral Strategies for Individuals with Autism. She lives in Amarillo, TX.