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"This is an excellent title for academic libraries....Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty."--Choice
Rich with clinical insights, this volume reviews the state of the science of identifying and treating autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in very young children. Leading authorities examine critical research issues and present innovative approaches to assessing social, cognitive, adaptive, communication, and sensory–motor impairments in the first two years of life. Providing a comprehensive discussion of developmental, behavioral, and medical intervention models, the book also addresses ways to support families in ...
Rich with clinical insights, this volume reviews the state of the science of identifying and treating autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in very young children. Leading authorities examine critical research issues and present innovative approaches to assessing social, cognitive, adaptive, communication, and sensory–motor impairments in the first two years of life. Providing a comprehensive discussion of developmental, behavioral, and medical intervention models, the book also addresses ways to support families in coping with an early ASD diagnosis and becoming effective advocates for their children. A special chapter discusses popular but controversial treatments, including how to help families make informed decisions about their use.
"An exciting frontier in autism spectrum disorders is early diagnosis and intervention. This timely new book provides invaluable illumination of this area by synthesizing research and offering numerous clinical pearls to inform clinicians. Written by a distinguished group of clinical investigators, the book authoritatively reviews and evaluates a large number of topics relevant to assessment and treatment. It is an invaluable aid to those with an interest in infant mental health, developmental disabilities, developmental psychopathology, and prevention science."--Charles H. Zeanah, MD, Sellars Polchow Professor, Vice Chair for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Tulane University
"One of the most exciting developments in the autism field in the past decade has been the study of autism as it emerges in infancy and toddlerhood. This exceptional volume captures the crest of this wave by summarizing clinical and experimental studies of autism in early childhood. Its scope encompasses screening, diagnosis, and treatment, as well as cutting-edge theoretical models that may help us to better understand what lies at the core of autistic development. This is a 'must read' for scientists interested in early autism and should be recommended to training and practicing clinicians in a wide variety of fields, including psychology, child psychiatry, pediatrics, speech-language pathology, and early education."--Tony Charman, PhD, Institute of Child Health, University College London, UK
"This exemplary volume brings together truly state-of-the-art discussions of new concepts and methods in the early diagnosis and treatment of children with autism spectrum disorders. Autism has gone from a rare, poorly understood disorder to a well-defined syndrome that is now recognized as more common than Down syndrome, epilepsy, or cancer in children. To no small extent, our improved understanding, identification, and treatment of the youngest children with autism has stemmed from work conducted by the editors and contributors of this integrated, exceedingly well-organized volume."--Peter Mundy, PhD, Lisa Capps Professor of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, School of Education, and Director for Education Research, M.I.N.D. Institute, University of California at Davis
Foreword, Michael D. Powers1. Autism Spectrum Disorders in Infants and Toddlers: An Introduction, Fred R. Volkmar, Katarzyna Chawarska, and Ami Klin 2. Diagnostic Assessment, Somer L. Bishop, Rhiannon Luyster, Jennifer Richler, and Catherine Lord 3. Assessment of Cognitive and Adaptive Skills, Katarzyna Chawarska and Karen Bearss4. Communication Development and Assessment, Rhea Paul 5. Understanding, Assessing, and Treating Sensory–Motor Issues, Grace T. Baranek, Linn Wakeford, and Fabian J. David 6. Case Studies of Infants First Evaluated in the Second Year of Life, Ami Klin, Celine Saulnier, Katarzyna Chawarska, and Fred R. Volkmar 7. Developmental Approaches to Treatment, Amy M. Wetherby and Juliann Woods8. Naturalistic Behavioral Approaches to Treatment, Lynn Kern Koegel, Robert L. Koegel, Rosy M. Fredeen, and Grace W. Gengoux 9. Controversial Treatments, Tristram Smith and Jennifer Wick10. Medical Issues, Fred R. Volkmar, Alexander Westphal, Abha R. Gupta, and Lisa Wiesner11. Supporting Families, Karyn Bailey 12. Opportunities for Research: Concepts and Future Directions, Ami Klin, Katarzyna Chawarska, and Fred R. Volkmar