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From The CriticsReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM(Abbott Laboratories)
Description: This solidly written book presents the facts needed to fully understand autism and Asperger's syndrome.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an integrated model of autism and Asperger's syndrome in a concise and understandable manner. The author has succeeded in fleshing out the similarities and differences between the diagnoses.
Audience: What is wonderful about this book is its utility. Not only will clinicians find this useful, but parents, relatives, and concerned lay persons will find the material enlightening.
Features: The author spends significant time distinguishing the two disorders and specifically discusses each disorder's presentation. A historical exploration of autism gives readers an appreciation for the new-found rates of incidence, while the diagnostic chapter allows readers to gain valuable insight into the careful considerations and the differential diagnosis. The author presents a well balanced discussion that examines autism and Asperger's through a biopsychosocial perspective. The graphs, data, and especially the various charts on specific presentations provide quick access to symptoms. The obvious standout chapter is on intervention, education, and treatment, which provides a good evaluation of the various options for both clinicians and the lay public. The appendixes list the autism spectrum quotient questionnaire along with the downloadable site address and a list of support organizations around the world.
Assessment: This is an affordable and invaluable book on autism and Asperger's syndrome. This should be mandatory reading for all clinicians working with patients with pervasive developmental disorders.