Asperger Syndrome, Second Edition: Assessing and Treating High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders by James C. McPartland, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Asperger Syndrome, Second Edition: Assessing and Treating High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders

Asperger Syndrome, Second Edition: Assessing and Treating High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders

by James C. McPartland
     
 

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Completely revised with the latest research and clinical strategies, this is the authoritative volume on Asperger syndrome (now part of DSM-5 autism spectrum disorder). Considered the definitive reference since its initial publication, the book focuses on how to assess each child or adolescent's needs and provide effective interventions in the areas of

Overview

Completely revised with the latest research and clinical strategies, this is the authoritative volume on Asperger syndrome (now part of DSM-5 autism spectrum disorder). Considered the definitive reference since its initial publication, the book focuses on how to assess each child or adolescent's needs and provide effective interventions in the areas of communication, behavior, and academic and vocational functioning. The neural and genetic bases of autism spectrum disorders are also explored. New to This Edition
• Expanded coverage of evidence-based assessment and treatment, including two chapters on behavioral interventions.
• Addresses challenges in the transition to new diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder in DSM-5.
• Chapters on neuropsychological advances, the transition to higher education, and forensic issues.
• Many new authors and extensively revised chapters.

Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Melissa Jones, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: Since the publication of the first edition of this book in 2000, the controversy over the degree of divergence in the neuropsychological and behavioral profiles of individuals with high functioning autism spectrum disorders has culminated in the deletion of Asperger syndrome as a separate entity in the DSM-5. This second edition provides an in-depth review of the work contributing to the current understanding of the impairments characterizing individuals with Asperger syndrome.
Purpose: The purpose is to bring together leading scientific experts in order to provide an "authoritative work on Asperger syndrome" and address the "challenges in the change to new diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder in DSM-5."
Audience: The audience includes "clinical child/adolescent psychologists, counselors, social workers, psychiatrists, and school psychologists." The editors also suggest that it would be of interest to elementary and secondary educators and parent advocates.
Features: The book navigates the complexities of both the nosological overlap and heterogeneity among these individuals in multiple domains throughout their lifespan. It covers an expansive range of topics, including diagnostic and neuropsychological assessments, communication and behavioral strategies, psychiatric comorbidities, pharmacological interventions, vocational and forensic considerations, and includes updated contributions from neuroimaging and genetic research. The editors note that this edition "features expanded coverage of evidence-based assessment and treatment-including two chapters on behavioral interventions — as well as new chapters on neuropsychological advances, the transition to higher education, and forensic issues." A thorough list of references ends each chapter.
Assessment: Although Asperger syndrome is no longer a discrete diagnostic entity, this book is an essential read for healthcare professionals who work with patients with high functioning autistic spectrum disorders. Each chapter integrates important theoretical and practical insights that can guide clinical practice and future research. This edition has been updated to reflect influential research developments and the changes in the classification system in the DSM-5.
From the Publisher

"For those who seek to support the many individuals who have received a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome (AS), this comprehensive book provides a much-needed road map. Written by foremost experts in the field, it offers both scientific and clinical perspectives, with topics ranging from genetics and brain function to social skills training. Clinicians and researchers will find this book useful for making informed decisions about treatment options and for guiding future research."--Geraldine Dawson, PhD, Director, Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development, Duke University School of Medicine

"The second edition of this valued, well-known book is as good as the first. It offers a perfect balance between clinically relevant, highly useful information and cutting-edge research into the biology and phenomenology of AS. Chapters on neuropsychological characteristics, communication, lifespan development, and behavioral and pharmacological treatments will be especially useful to the practitioner. Each chapter is written by an expert in the field who has contributed to current knowledge. Although the focus is AS, clinicians will find that nearly all of the content also applies to individuals with high-functioning autism. I look forward to using this book as a text with my neuropsychology and child clinical trainees and as a reference in my clinical practice."--Deborah Fein, PhD, UConn Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, Departments of Psychology and Pediatrics, University of Connecticut

"This book is a staple for the professional who is working in any capacity with individuals who have AS. The first edition was critical in helping the autism and mental health communities understand what was then a relatively new concept, so having this comprehensive update is a real treat for practitioners and researchers. As the recognition of AS has increased, so too have our questions about how best to meet the service and educational needs of individuals and their families, and this volume effectively captures the evolution of the field. Seasoned practitioners and graduate students alike will find refreshing clarity in the overview of issues related to shifts in the diagnostic classification of AS. My copy of the second edition is sure to get as dog-eared and tattered as the first!"--Valerie L. Gaus, PhD, psychologist, Spectrum Services, New York City

"Since the first edition was published, there have been quantum leaps in how spectrum diagnoses are formed, processed, received, and treated. Bravo to the editors and the contributing authors of this volume, who have succeeded in giving this essential guide a true update. The book has deep range, is clearly written, and has been authored by clinical professionals and academics who are some of the best in the field. A tremendous accomplishment."--Michael John Carley; Founder, GRASP (Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership); author of Asperger's from the Inside Out

"This greatly anticipated second edition remains the most comprehensive work on AS. It contains current information on diagnosis and treatment of high-functioning autism spectrum disorders, written by international experts in the field. The change in nosology of AS in DSM-5 is addressed. Of special significance is the new chapter on the transition to higher education, as most of the work published to date has focused on younger children. This important volume should be in the resource library of all autism professionals, and will also be of interest to parents."--Lori S. Shery, President and Founder, ASPEN® (asperger Autism SPectrum Education Network)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781462514144
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
05/19/2014
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
482
Sales rank:
1,124,579
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author


James C. McPartland, PhD, is Assistant Professor, Director of the Developmental Disabilities Clinic, and Associate Director of the Developmental Electrophysiology Laboratory at the Yale Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. McPartland's research focuses on the clinical neuroscience of autism spectrum disorders from infancy through adulthood. He is a recipient of honors including the Behavioral Science Track Award for Rapid Transition and a Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award from the National Institute of Mental Health, the NARSAD Atherton Young Investigator Award, the Young Investigator Award from the International Society for Autism Research, and the Klerman Prize for Exceptional Achievement in Clinical Research from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.

Ami Klin, PhD, is Director of the Marcus Autism Center at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Professor and Chief of the Division of Autism and Related Disabilities at Emory University School of Medicine. He is also a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar and a faculty member at Emory's Center for Translational Social Neuroscience. He formerly was Professor at the Yale Child Study Center, where he directed the Autism Program. Dr. Klin's research focuses on the social development and well-being of individuals with autism spectrum disorders from infancy through adulthood. He directs the National Institutes of Health Autism Center of Excellence at the Marcus Autism Center and Emory University, which includes genetic, social, and behavioral neuroscience studies in human infants and in model systems.

Fred R. Volkmar, MD, is Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology and Director of the Yale Child Study Center at the Yale University School of Medicine. He is also Chief of Child Psychiatry at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Volkmar was the primary author of the American Psychiatric Association's DSM-IV autism and pervasive developmental disorders section. He is the author of several hundred scientific papers and chapters as well as a number of books, and serves as Editor of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
 

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