Handbook of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders: Volume 1 - Diagnosis, Development, and Brain Mechanisms, 4th Edition

  • Volume 1
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  • ISBN-10: 1118282191
  • ISBN-13: 9781118282199
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade +
  • 672 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Available December 2017
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014
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The first major handbook of its kind, The Handbook of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders is the most influential reference work in the field of autism and related conditions. Pending changes in nomenclature with DSM-V and ICD-10 will have profound implications for diagnosis and access to services. The nature of these changes is the focus of considerable debate, and new findings must be incorporated in an authoritative work such as this. The genetic contribution to autism. Several areas of the human genome have been implicated in autism and related conditions. Candidate genes are now being investigated. Studies on the brain have revealed specific areas of difficulty in individuals with autism (e.g., autopsy studies have noted changes in the micro structure of the brain, fMRI studies have shown differences in the ways in which individuals with autism process social information.) Neuropsychological processes are increasingly well specified: recent work reveals difficulties, for example, in processing information during social interaction among autistic individuals. Increasingly sophisticated methods of screening and assessment, especially among infants and young children with autism or at risk for autism. A number of model programs have been evaluated with a growing body of research on intervention methods. Increasingly sophisticated behavioral, pharmacological, and other treatment methods and new curricular aids (e.g., for teaching social skills.) The fourth edition retains the best aspects of the 3rd edition—helping readers stay abreast of the field and helping them separate the wheat from the chaff as interest in and information about autism.