Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders

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The accelerating advancement in research in neurodevelopmental disorders -- including autism spectrum disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, learning disorders, and more -- has enormous implications for clinical practice. Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders provides clinicians with up-to-date information on the impact these advances have on the standard of care in the range of disorders commonly encountered by both primary and subspecialist physicians. The authors, affiliated with the UC-Davis MIND Institute, explain the latest findings from the biological, behavioral, and clinical sciences in ways that are accessible to clinicians and helpful to patients and their families.

Specific features include: • A uniform chapter structure that makes it easy for the reader to locate material and make comparisons between and among disorders. Each chapter addresses signs and symptoms (including onset and developmental course); epidemiology and etiology (including known genetic and environmental contributors, biological mechanisms and relevant animal models); diagnostic criteria; differential diagnosis and comorbidities; and evidence-based interventions.• The inclusion, where possible, of current draft DSM-5 diagnoses, as well as DSM-IV.• Practical focus on psychological/behavioral and medical issues, as well as other supports and resources for patients, their families, and the community.• Emphasis on current, ongoing research that holds promise for future clinical care.• Identification of new research directions and needs. • A comprehensive chapter devoted to the effects each of the neurodevelopmental disorders has on language and social communication.

Replete with tables, illustrative figures, key points, and suggestions for further reading, Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders helps clinicians meet the challenge of providing the most up-to-date and effective care for their patients.

American Psychiatric Publishing

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, D.O., M.A.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: There has been tremendous progress in the understanding of the molecular genetic basis of many heretofore poorly understood catch-all syndromes of mental retardation and autism. It is unfortunate that most clinical psychiatrists who treat these patients do not actually have the ability to formulate a differential diagnosis for these syndromes, nor do they perform physical or neurological examinations or have any training in the dysmorphologies to be able to recognize these disorders. This comprehensive and important book on autistic spectrum disorders and neurodevelopmental disorders gives provides the latest information about these complex illnesses and will help clinicians provide better care for these patients.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the editors, is to "enable clinicians, patients, and families to understand these disorders and make sound treatment decisions in light of recent research."
Audience: The audience includes clinicians, patients, and their families. Trainees in psychiatry, neurology, and primary care would benefit from reading this book. Written and edited by a team of experts in neurodevelopmental disorders, this is a welcome addition to the field.
Features: The 11 chapters cover the signs and symptoms of each disorder, the epidemiology and etiology, the diagnostic approach and evidence-based treatments. Disorders covered include autistic spectrum disorders, ADHD, fragile X, 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, Tourette syndrome, Down syndrome, Angelman and Prader-Willi syndromes, Williams syndrome, sex chromosome aneuploidy, learning disorders, and speech/language disorders. Each chapter concludes with relevant and timely citations of the scientific literature.
Assessment: "This is an excellent and clinically useful book on neurodevelopmental disorders that should be required reading/knowledge for any clinician involved in the care of these patients and their families. "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585624256
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Pages: 326
  • Sales rank: 406,010
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin L. Hansen, M.D., is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Director of the Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, and Director of Clinical Programs, The MIND Institute, University of California Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, California.

Sally J. Rogers, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, The MIND Institute, University of California Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, California.

American Psychiatric Publishing

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Table of Contents

Preface. Autism spectrum disorders. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Fragile X syndrome. Chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. Tourette syndrome, Tic disorders, and comorbidities. Down syndrome. Angelman and Prader-Willi syndrome. Williams syndrome. Sex chromosome aneuploidy. Disorders of learning. Speech and language disorders in childhood. Index.

American Psychiatric Publishing

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