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Gryphon House Updates Teaching Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder book with DSM-5 information

Clarissa Willis’ book releases during National Autism Awareness Month

In conjunction with April’s National Autism Awareness Month, an opportunity to educate the public about the millions of Americans who live with autism, Gryphon House Inc., a leading publisher of early childhood resources, will release an updated version of its book Teaching Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The updated book, by Clarissa Willis, PhD, will reflect the 2013 changes in the criteria for the diagnosis of autism as defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (known as DSM-5), published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

In the past, the heading of autism included subheadings such as autistic disorder, Asperger’s syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, and persuasive development disorder. The DSM-5 collapsed all subcategories into one broad diagnostic category called autism spectrum disorder. In her updated book, Dr. Willis discusses these changes and what it means to the autism community and its supporters.

Ideal for caregivers, teachers and directors of children ages three to six, as well as early childhood teacher trainers, Teaching Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder is a straightforward, easy-to-understand guide to working with children who have autism. Dr. Willis’ book explains the major characteristics associated with autism and helps readers understand the ways children with autism relate to the world. Each chapter offers specific strategies for educators to use, including setting up a proactive preschool environment; working with families; managing behavior and helping children with autism learn life skills, communicate and play well with others. 

“Children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder may experience challenges with communication, social interactions, behavior, sensory processing and other social/emotional skills,” said Willis. “Teaching Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder is a resource that can help early childhood educators tackle these matters with confidence.”   

Teaching Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ISBN: 978-0-87659-008-9, 224 pages, $24.95) will be available to purchase in April 2015. Educators may preorder books here. For writers interested in e-galley copies, please email

About the Author

Clarissa Willis, PhD, is an associate professor of teacher education at the University of Southern Indiana. She has been involved in early childhood education for more than thirty years, including experience in public school, early intervention, curriculum development and teacher training. With the philosophy that children should be educated through exploration and discovery, Dr. Willis offers a unique perspective on issues related to early childhood development and special education.

About Gryphon House Inc.

Gryphon House is an award-winning publisher of resource books for parents and teachers of children from birth through age eight. Developmentally appropriate and easy to use, Gryphon House books provide parents and teachers with the tools they need to bring the joy of learning to young children. To learn more, or to check out the entire collection, visit

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