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Anita Lesko. Forward by Temple Grandin

The Complete Guide to Autism Healthcare

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Quality advice from a nurse with Asperger syndrome.

This book is a comprehensive guide in understanding autism, formulating effective communication strategies, and developing best care practices. It covers sensory issues, pain tolerance, body awareness, communication challenges, legal & ethical issues, HIPPA compliance, Americans with Disabilities Act, and much more.

It's important for healthcare professionals to realize that communication starts at the Admissions Desk, and follows through to the patient's discharge. Whether the patient is simply going for a routine doctor's appointment, or getting admitted for major surgery, the autism patient needs specialized care for optimal results. This book is geared for use in healthcare curriculum courses, as well as use as a guidebook for all healthcare and allied healthcare providers.


Anita was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome at age fifty. She graduated from Columbia University in New York City with a Master of Science degree in nurse anesthesia in 1988. She's worked as a certified registered nurse anesthetist, specializing in anesthesia for neurosurgery ever since graduation. An advocate for people with Asperger's syndrome, Anita started a support group for people of all ages with Asperger's, their families and friends, which meets monthly. She is the author of Asperger's Syndrome: When Life Hands You Lemons, Make Lemonade.

Anita Lesko has gifted the autism community with this important, groundbreaking work that will become the essential volume on health care issues and patient-centered care for autistic individuals. There is no one person who is more qualified to write this seminal work than Anita, who is a renowned autistic self-advocate and a nurse anesthetist with decades of experience in medical settings. Health care professionals, educators, parents and autistic individuals all need to have this book as a critical resource, and are so fortunate to have a compassionate professional with Anita's expertise sharing her personal experiences, professional knowledge and practical advice. Thanks to Anita, autistic children and adults, and their families will now be able to navigate the maze of health care services with greater knowledge and confidence."--Barry M. Prizant, PhD, CCC-SLP, Director, Childhood Communication Services, Cranston, RI.

"Even a routine checkup can be a challenge for people with autism of any age. Building on her years of experience as a certified registered nurse anesthetist who was diagnosed with autism in mid-life, Anita Lesko provides an invaluable act of two-way translation with this book: translating the world of medicine for autistic people and their families, and translating autistic experience for her fellow health-care professionals. Loaded with practical tips and new ways of thinking about familiar situations, this book is a must-read for parents, teachers, therapists, autistic people, and anyone on the front lines of health care."--Steve Silberman, author of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of NeurodiversityA first of its kind, Anita Lesko employs a life time of hard-earned insights as a person with autism on providing medical care for individuals with autism from intake, through examination, to treatment. With nearly 3 decades as a nurse anesthesiologist, Ms. Lesko's detailed and step by step guide empowers doctors, nurses, others in allied fields, as well as parents and those on with autism to provide the best medical care possible. A must read for anyone who provides health care for individuals on the autism spectrum."--Stephen M. Shore, EdD. Internationally renowned educator, author, consultant and presenter Person with autism

277 pages. 2017

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