The Effects of Autism on the Family

  • Eric Schopler
  • Gary B. Mesibov

Part of the Current Issues in Autism book series (CIAM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Eric Schopler, Gary B. Mesibov
      Pages 3-17
  3. Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Edward Zigler
      Pages 21-39
    3. Dennis P. Cantwell, Lorian Baker
      Pages 41-63
    4. Eric Schopler, Gary B. Mesibov, R. Hal Shigley, Anne Bashford
      Pages 65-81
  4. Parents as Advocates

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Siegfried M. Pueschel, James C. Bernier
      Pages 117-128
    3. James E. Surratt
      Pages 129-141
  5. Parents as Trainees

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. Laura Schreibman, Robert L. Koegel, Debra L. Mills, John C. Burke
      Pages 187-205
  6. Parents as Trainers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. Eric Schopler
      Pages 227-232
    3. Barbara Coyne Cutler
      Pages 247-262
  7. Emotional Support and Siblings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 263-263
    2. Lee M. Marcus
      Pages 311-326
    3. Susan M. McHale, Rune J. Simeonsson, Jerry L. Sloan
      Pages 327-342
    4. Robert Fromberg
      Pages 343-353
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 355-363

About this book


As the oldest statewide program serving autistic people in the United States, North Carolina's Division TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication handicapped CHildren) has had a major impact on ser­ vices for these people and their families. As we move into our second decade, we are frequently questioned about all aspects of our procedures, techniques, and program. Of all the questions that are asked, however, the one that comes up most frequently and seems to set our program apart from others concerns the ways in which we work with families. To help answer this question we identified what we have found to be the major components in our parent-professional relationships, and we elaborate on these with the most current research informa­ tion, clinical insights, and community knowledge available through the expertise of our distinguished contributors. Our purpose was to collect the most recent information and to organize the resulting volume along the outlines of the par­ ent-professional relationship found most important in the TEACCH program. Thus, the four main sections of the book include these four major ways profes­ sionals work with parents: as their advocates, their trainers, their trainees, and their reciprocal emotional support source. To the extent this effort was success­ ful, we acknowledge that it is easier to organize book chapters along these dimensions than it is to provide their implementation in the field.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Eric Schopler
    • 1
  • Gary B. Mesibov
    • 1
  1. 1.Division TEACCHUniversity of North Carolina School of MedicineChapel HillUSA

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