Autism Spectrum Disorders from A to Z is an excellent resource for parents and educators. Written by sisters (one a Special Education professional, the other mom to a son with an Autism Spectrum Disorder). It is filled with case studies, advocacy information and resources. Each chapter begins with an outline of the subjects covered and ends with a clear summary of the most important details discussed. The tone of this book is warm and understanding as the writers have "been through the fire" in their personal lives. They offer up suggestions for getting a diagnosis, working with professionals to help meet the individual's needs, and offer options for families and caregivers who feel an adult in their lives should be screened for an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Case studies are clearly marked in charcoal boxes and the large format of the book makes it easy to read and take notes in. Chapters regarding reacting to the diagnosis, supporting the family and sharing information with others will help parents educate not only themselves, but also family members, friends, and professionals the individual and family encounter. With over 400 pages of resources, encouragement and information this book is one that can be referred to before, during and after the diagnosis process. Even families who are "just wondering" if an individual is displaying signs of an ASD should take the time to read through this book to decide on the next step to take.