Coauthored by the premier expert on autism in the United States and an experienced academic and practicing pediatrician, this volume provides concise and practical information based on the most up–to–date research and clinical experience for primary caregivers around the world.
- In an environment full of contesting theories and advice, this book provides the gold standard of current research and practice for primary care providers
- Shows clinicians how to most effectively use evidence–based techniques
- Links to video lectures by Dr. Volkmar provided
Topic covered include:
- Screening and Diagnosis
- Associated Medical Conditions
- Providing Medical Care
- Working with Families and Schools
- Behavioral Issues and Interventions
- Changes with Age
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CHAPTER 1 What Is Autism: Diagnostic Concepts, Causes, and Current Research 1
CHAPTER 2 Screening and Diagnostic Assessment 25
CHAPTER 3 Approaches to Providing Medical Care 49
CHAPTER 4 Frequent Medical Conditions and Problems 67
CHAPTER 5 Overview of Educational Programs and Interventions 93
CHAPTER 6 Securing Services 121
CHAPTER 7 Autism in Infants and Preschool Children 145
CHAPTER 8 School–Age Children 171
CHAPTER 9 Adolescents and Adults 201
CHAPTER 10 Behavioral and Psychiatric Problems: Issues and Interventions 219
CHAPTER 11 Considering Medications for Behavior and Mental Health Problems 245
CHAPTER 12 Considering Complementary and Alternative Treatments 271
CHAPTER 13 Supporting Families 291
APPENDIX 1 Diagnostic Descriptions and Criteria for Autism and Related Pervasive
Developmental Disorders 309
APPENDIX 2 Understanding School and Specialist