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Few issues cause as much strife in contemporary society as does the cause and treatment of autism. Stories about the autism epidemic abound on talk shows and make headlines in newspapers and magazines. Celebrities and politicians express their personal opinions on the cause (or causes) of the increase in autism spectrum disorders (or ASDs), opinions often not shared by the conventional scientific community. Parents, family members, schools and government-funded agencies struggle to do the right thing for individuals with ASDs, This volume in the Biographies of Disease series provides an understandable, non-biased guide to the quagmire of information about ASDs. This foundation will enable readers to better understand the statements made by various authorities on ASDs. Autism covers all aspects of our historical and current understanding of autism spectrum disorders. The text starts with the recognition of autism in the forties and traces the development of ways to diagnose autism, explains why autism has been expanded to the "autistic spectrum disorders." The author covers what is known and not known about the autism "epidemic" and the causes of ASDs. The critical importance of screening and early intervention is emphasized with respect to outcome for individuals with ASDs. Promising areas of research are highlighted. After reading this book, the reader will be able to place the latest breaking news about ASDs into perspective. While it is not yet possible to answer all of the questions about autism, this book allows the reader to follow along as the mystery is unraveled.
Autism covers all aspects of our historical and current understanding of autism spectrum disorders:
... Discusses the recognition of autism in the forties and traces the development of ways to diagnose autism
... Explains why autism has been expanded to the "autistic spectrum disorders"
... Covers what is known and not known about the autism "epidemic" and the causes of ASDs.
... Details the importance of screening and early intervention and reviews information about outcome for individuals with ASDs.
... Identifies promising areas of research
While it is not yet possible to answer all of the questions about autism, this book allows the reader to follow along as the mystery is unraveled
Table of Contents
... Preface Unravelling the Mystery
... Chapter 1 Autism, Aspergers Syndrome and the Evolution of the Concept of the Autistic Spectrum Disorders
... Chapter 2 Screening for Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Past, Present and Future
... Chapter 3 Diagnostic Evaluation for ASDs Part I: Getting Started
... Chapter 4 Diagnostic Evaluation Part II: Appropriate Use of the DSM-IV-TR Criteria for Autistic Disorder and Supplemental Tests
... Chapter 5 What Can Statistics Tell Us About the ASDs?
... Chapter 7 What Causes Autism? Part 2: Controversial Theories and New Ways to Think About ASDs
... Chapter 8 Conventional Interventions
... Chapter 9 Complimentary and Alternative Medicine Approaches to Treatment: Biomedical Interventions
... Chapter 10 Outcome
272 pages. 2008