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Autism and the Extended Family: A Guide for People Who Love Someone with Autism; Dr. Raun Melmed, Maria Wheeler, M.Ed.

Autism and the Extended Family: A Guide for People Who Love Someone with Autism



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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.

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 150

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How does Autism affect an extended family? Many books and articles don’t directly address the issues surrounding a disability and how it affects the child and their extended family. Autism and the Extended Family written by Raun D. Melmed, MD and Maria Bird-West Wheeler is a helpful guide for those outside the immediate family who know and love someone with Autism. Raun Melmed, MD is Director of the Melmed Center in Scottsdale, Arizona and co founder and Medical Director of Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center in Phoenix. Maria Bird West Wheeler is the owner of Behavior and Learning Solutions, Inc. She is an author, behavior analyst and consultant specializing in neurobehavioral disorders. Autism and the Extended Family include chapters that help grandparents, stepfamilies, uncles and aunts, close friends, cousins and a special guide for surviving and enjoying special events and holidays. The book also discusses how siblings are impacted by extended family matters and provides ideas of various activities to target conflict resolution, creating an Autism Survival Kit, practicing stress management, handling rude comments in public and tips for toileting and eating.
The book is easy to read and includes case examples and bullet points throughout each chapter to help the reader understand and absorb the content better. The activities are practical and functional which can help many families, especially with additional tips for developing the Autism Survival Guide. The authors also discuss how a family can develop their own extended family circles to help guide them through the book more effectively.
Autism and the Extended Family can be excellent resource for a family to give to their extended family to help understand how valuable all family members are and to provide practical suggestions on how to help both the child with Autism and their immediate family.

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