Autism: The Facts / Edition 1

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Coping with a diagnosis of autism can be a troubling and confusing experience for parents. Ignorance of this bewildering disorder can provoke difficult decision-making for parents and physicians alike. What causes autism? What happens to children with autism when they grow up? Does autism run in families? What kind of educational setting is best? In this accessible, comprehensive book, the authors have discovered the questions on the minds of parents and professionals, and have attempted to answer them. Autism is a puzzling disorder. It begins in early childhood, and disrupts many aspects of development, leaving the child unable to form social relationships or communicate in the usual way. This fascinating book explains in a clear, straightforward manner what is known about the condition. Helpful appendices identify organizations and resource providers concerned with autism. Written first and foremost as a guide for parents, but required reading for interested professionals, it covers the recognition and diagnosis of autism, its biological and physiological causes, and the various treatments and educational techniques available.

Discusses how diagnosis is made/causes/psychological problems/intelligence & special talents/medical trmts/etc.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192623270
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/1994
  • Series: Facts Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.31 (d)

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University of London

University of London

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Table of Contents

1 Introducing two children with autism 1
2 How the diagnosis is made 14
3 Coping with the news 20
4 What causes autism? 26
5 The brain 35
6 Psychological problems 41
7 Intelligence and special talents 52
8 Education: what can be done? 60
9 Other therapies 67
10 Medical treatments 75
11 Adolescence and adulthood 79
Appendix 1: International societies and associations for children and adults with autism 83
Appendix 2: Two systems used by psychiatrists for diagnosing autism 94
Appendix 3: Some examples of behaviour therapy for specific problems 98
Recommended further reading 103
Glossary 104
Index 109
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