10 Sep 2012

My Wish List for Doctors Dealing with Autism

Years ago, friends of ours took their one year old severely autistic child to a physician who told them: “Not much can be done, concentrate on your other children.”!

That child did an ABA home program and is now succeeding in college.

I would like to take this opportunity to talk with you about my wish list. These are the main things I wish for, as a parent of a child with autism, from my child’s doctor at or close to the time of the diagnosis.

29 Aug 2011


Hello parents and others interested in autism.

Since the publication of my husband’s memoir Bad Animals: A Father’s Accidental Education in Autism, we have received requests for help from other overwhelmed parents who are trying to deal with the diagnoses and challenges of their children as well as the inadequate and often dehumanizing public services (waiting lists that last through early childhood, difficulties with schools, lack of government support, etc).

Additional Information

On the Web

Facebook Groups:

Closed group for parents and professionals. Evidence-based information, resources and networking. Parents with an interest can join by sending them a message.

ABA and Autism in Montreal
For Montrealers. Open group for parents and professionals. Information, networking, jobs posted, therapists looking for work.

Association for Science in Autism Treatment

Website Links:

Association for Science in Autism Treatment

ABA Educational Resources Ltd.

An Inconvenient Truth for Austim film
The third trailer available for viewing autism, Asperger's Syndrome


book 01 The Complete Guide to Autism Treatments, A Parent's Handbook: Make Sure Your Child Gets What Works!
by Dr Sabrina Freeman
.... parents can quickly evaluate various treatments and make sure that their child receives science-based treatment rather than treatments based on testimonials and good wishes.
book 07 Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism
A Manual for Parents and Professionals
Edited by Catherine Maurice
Publisher Pro-Ed
book 02 Treating Individuals with Developmental Delays
Basic Intervention Techniques
O. Ivaar Lovaas
Publisher: Pro-Ed
book 03 A Work in Progress:
Behavior Management Strategies and a Curriculum for Intensive Behavioral Treatment of Autism
Leaf and McEachin
book 04 The RDI Book
Forging New Pathways for Autism, Asperger's and PDD with the Relationship Development Intervention Program
Steven Gutstein
Connections Centre Publishing
Skyhorse, who will be publishing Bad Animals in the US in Spring 2012, has useful, simply written manuals full of helpful ideas:
book 05 1001 Tips for the Parents of Autistic Boys
by Ken Siri
book 06 1001 Tips for the Parents of Autistic Girls
by Tony Lyons