Autism and its Medical Management

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Overview

Autism and its Medical Management explains the medical aspects of autism and how both parents and professionals can use current medical knowledge to better understand how to address these aspects.

The book begins with an overview of autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) and how they are diagnosed, and goes on to identify the different types of autism and to describe relevant medical interventions. The author also provides an outline of recent research to enable parents and professionals to gain an understanding of the various factors that may contribute to the development of ASDs, as well as the latest available treatment options.

Bridging the communication gap between medical professionals and parents, this informative book offers accessible explanations of medical terminology and treatment relevant to ASDs and is an important tool for parents and professionals working with children with ASDs.

About the Author:
Michael G. Chez MD is a board certified pediatric neurologist and epileptologist who is now Director of Pediatric Neurology at Sutter Neuroscience Institute and Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento, California and Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatric Neurology at the University of California Davis Medical Center. Dr. Chez has spent over 16 years practicing pediatric neurology with a special interest in clinical aspects of autism

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843108344
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/15/2008
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 11

Introduction and Reader Guide 15

Pt. I Autism Overview

1 What Is Normal Development? Does My Child Have Autism? 19

2 Understanding the Diagnosis of Autism 23

Pt. II Definitions, Diagnosis, and Other Clinical Aspects

3 Defining the Clinical Aspects of Autistic Spectrum Disorders 31

4 What Type of Autistic Spectrum Disorder Does My Child Have? 35

5 Current Recommendations for Medical Evaluation 45

6 The Role of Medical Laboratory Diagnosis Testing 49

7 Neuroanatomy and Neuroimaging 59

8 Electroencephalography: The Relationship of Epilepsy or Epileptic Activity 69

9 Genetics 77

Pt. III Theories on Autistic Spectrum Disorders

10 Why Are Autistic Spectrum Disorders Increasing? 85

11 Vaccinations, Mercury, and Autism 91

12 Immunology and Autoimmunity: Is There a Causative Relationship with Autistic Spectrum Disorders? 97

13 Theories on a Prenatal Cause 105

14 Common Alternative Medicine Theories 109

Pt. IV Treating Autistic Spectrum Disorders

15 Overview of Treatment 115

16 Choosing a Physician 119

17 Non-Medically Sanctioned Alternative Approaches 123

18 Overview of Medicines: No Cure, but Symptomatic Treatments Can Help 129

Pt. V Neurologically Managing Clinical Aspects with Medication

19 Medicines Prescribed for Behavioral Problems 137

20 Treating EEG Abnormalities and Epilepsy 151

21 Immunological Medical Therapy 161

22 Gastrointestinal Issues 165

23 Medications for Core Symptoms of Language and Behavior 169

24 A Rational Approach to Medical Treatment: Case Studies 173

Appendix 1 Bibliography 181

Appendix 2 Glossary 203

Appendix 3 Resources 211

Index 217

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