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From a preeminent researcher, this book looks at the key role of joint attention in both typical and atypical development. Peter C. Mundy shows that no other symptom dimension is more strongly linked to early identification and treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). He synthesizes a wealth of knowledge on how joint attention develops, its neurocognitive underpinnings, and how it helps to explain the learning, language, and social-cognitive features of ASD across the lifespan. Clinical implications are explored, including reviews of cutting-edge diagnostic methods and targeted treatment approaches.
"By carefully examining the role of the development of joint attention, Mundy provides a compelling developmental framework for understanding ASD in the context of human nature. He skillfully integrates current research on neuroscience, genetics, early behavioral intervention, and psychological science. This book allows the reader to pull together disparate lines of autism research in a way that provides a deeper understanding and inspires further work. It is a tour de force that will be appreciated both by those just beginning to learn about ASD and by experts in the field."--Geraldine Dawson, PhD, Director, Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development, Duke University
"Mundy provides a thought-provoking, novel, and comprehensive discussion of joint attention, impairments in which are a central feature of children with ASD. This book is full of new insights on the neurodevelopment and treatment of ASD. It is an essential resource for clinicians and researchers of all backgrounds."--Connie Kasari, PhD, Center for Autism Research and Treatment, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, University of California, Los Angeles
Peter C. Mundy, PhD, is Professor and Lisa Capps Endowed Chair of Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Education in the School of Education and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis). He is also Director of Educational Research at the UC Davis MIND Institute. A developmental and clinical psychologist, Dr. Mundy has been working on defining the nature of autism and developmental disabilities for over 30 years. The author of the Early Social Communication Scales, which was selected by Autism Speaks as a recommended measure for clinical trials, he is associate editor of Autism Research and serves as an editorial board member or consulting editor for numerous other journals.
334 pages. 2016
Catalog # 29207