Ken Siri, a freelance journalist and father of Alex, a teenage boy with autism, and Tony Lyons, a book publisher and father of Lina, an eight-year-old girl with autism, have committed to compiling all of the latest research, developments, and treatments to make the lives of other parents of children with autism that much easier. They are not doctors or therapists, but they love their kids and want to do what’s best for them, and help other parents do the same for their children. Having done the research for their children’s needs, they eagerly share the information with other parents who need it.
Cutting-Edge Therapies for Autism 2011-2012 includes explanations for the possible causes of autism and presents novel therapies, medications, and interventions through contributions from over eighty experts on a wide variety of models and research findings. Siri and Lyons have also introduced two special sections this year: one on technology-based interventions and the other on three drugs in the clinical pipeline that could change autism by treating not just its symptoms, but its underlying causes!
Cutting-Edge Therapies for Autism 2011-2012contains contributions from more than eighty experts on a variety of therapies, models, and multifaceted evaluation and treatment centers. Each contributor gives the reader a basic description of the topic, including its scientific rationale, development, risks, and benefits. Contributions include:
· Dr. James B. Adams on chelation
· Dr. Jeffrey Becker on vision therapy
· Dr. Jeff Bradstreet on gut biology
· Dr. Manuel Casanova on rTMS
· Mary Coyle on homotoxicology
· Dr. Georgia Davis on psych medications
· Dr. Allessio Fasano on probiotics
· Dr. Darin Ingels on immunotherapy
· Dr. James Jan on melatonin
· and many, many more!
My Review: This book is a compilation of research notes and articles from scientists, researchers, therapists who all contribute their knowledge and expertise to the field. This book has 66 different articles that range from behavioural interventions to bio-medical ones. Because this is a compendium, you need to account for each author's perspective and writing style, although most try to de-mystify their theory and use common language to get their point across, some of the articles are more complex than others. It is organized alphabetically, but I would have loved for it to be grouped by type of therapy, so that I could read all of the behaviorists together and then move on to bio-medical therapies or vice versa. If you are in a place with your child's Autism that you want to become more knowledgeable about current therapy options, this is definitely a book for you!
About the Authors:
Ken Siri is a freelance writer who lives in New York City. As the father of a son with autism, Ken is constantly searching the globe for therapies that might work.
Tony Lyons is a publisher, has practiced law, and is raising two daughters, including one with autism. He lives in New York City.