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For children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), early intervention programs are critical in lessening the impact of autism. Wiseman, the mother of an autistic child and founder of First Signs (www.firstsigns.org), a group working to identify early signs of ASD, here provides effective and balanced ways for parents to interpret these signs in their own children. Well written and with quotes from parents, her book includes sections on spotting the early signs of ASD, getting the diagnosis, and finding help for both the child and the adult. The section on the diagnostic process is excellent in addressing this difficult time for parents by providing ways for them to help professionals with the assessment. Also useful is the description of other tests that should be sought out, such as a hearing test, to rule out health issues that can have an impact on the child's development. Because it serves as a tremendous resource for parents confronting the possibility of ASD with their child, this book, complete with examples of children who have benefited from early intervention, is strongly recommended for all public and academic libraries with autism or education collections.-Corey Seeman, Univ. of Michigan Lib., Ann Arbor (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.