Children with Autism: Diagnosis and Interventions to Meet Their Needs / Edition 2

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Reviewer: Forrest C. Bennett, MD (University of Washington School of Medicine)
Description: This book is a second edition (first edition 1996) of an analysis of the complex disorder of autism. It covers historical, definitional, etiologic, diagnostic, and treatment issues.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive update of recent research and practice in the field of autism. It is very useful to have the major topics and debates of this disorder covered in one relatively manageable text. The editors have succeeded in providing a very eclectic, multimodal approach.
Audience: The book is targeted primarily to researchers and students involved in the field of autism. It will also be of interest to related service providers including psychologists, physicians, and educators. Because of its complexity, it will be less useful for parents. The editors are a diverse group of European academicians.
Features: Individual chapters deal with the full range of diagnostic and treatment considerations. Of particular note are chapters on brain development, brain abnormalities, and new/controversial interventions such as music therapy and psychoanalysis. In its attempt to be inclusive and accepting of all approaches, it risks leaving the reader unclear as to the most scientifically sound and useful treatments.
Assessment: This book is written in a scholarly and rigorous manner. Unfortunately, it reads somewhat slowly without attractive highlighting or visual aids. It represents a European psychological perspective of autism which, for the most part, will resonate with U.S. professionals but which occasionally lapses into outdated psychodynamic theories. It is not the best book in the field, but it is comprehensive in scope. It is unclear why this edition was needed only two years after the first.
Forrest C. Bennett
This book is a second edition (first edition 1996) of an analysis of the complex disorder of autism. It covers historical, definitional, etiologic, diagnostic, and treatment issues. The purpose is to provide a comprehensive update of recent research and practice in the field of autism. It is very useful to have the major topics and debates of this disorder covered in one relatively manageable text. The editors have succeeded in providing a very eclectic, multimodal approach. The book is targeted primarily to researchers and students involved in the field of autism. It will also be of interest to related service providers including psychologists, physicians, and educators. Because of its complexity, it will be less useful for parents. The editors are a diverse group of European academicians. Individual chapters deal with the full range of diagnostic and treatment considerations. Of particular note are chapters on brain development, brain abnormalities, and new/controversial interventions such as music therapy and psychoanalysis. In its attempt to be inclusive and accepting of all approaches, it risks leaving the reader unclear as to the most scientifically sound and useful treatments. This book is written in a scholarly and rigorous manner. Unfortunately, it reads somewhat slowly without attractive highlighting or visual aids. It represents a European psychological perspective of autism which, for the most part, will resonate with U.S. professionals but which occasionally lapses into outdated psychodynamic theories. It is not the best book in the field, but it is comprehensive in scope. It is unclear why this edition was needed only two years after the first.
Booknews
The four authors are affiliated, respectively, with Edinburgh University and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (both in Edinburgh), the U. of the Aegean, (Rhodes, Greece), and the City University of London. They present in-depth information (updated for this second edition), bringing to bear on the subject of autism their expertise in child psychology and psychobiology, neuropsychology, special education, and music therapy. Coverage includes autism's many definitions, similar disorders and important distinctions, causes and first effects, brain development and abnormalities, communication and play, and various strategies for therapy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853025556
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the second edition
1 Introduction 1
2 The 'Discovery' of Autism, and Many Definitions 5
3 Similar Disorders and Important Distinctions 28
4 How Many Autistic Children? 40
5 What Causes Autism? What Are the First Effects? 49
6 Brain Development and Autism 62
7 Brain Abnormalities in Autism 82
8 Where Development of the Communicating Mind Goes Astray 93
9 Communicating and Playing with an Autistic Child 117
10 What Can Be Done? 136
11 Music Therapy for Children with Autism 172
12 Psychoanalysis and the Management of Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Including Autism 203
13 Education for Autistic Children: Concepts and Strategies for Maximising Inclusion 215
14 Putting the Pieces Together 245
App. 1 Autism in Medical Diagnostic Systems 254
App. 2 Checklists and Questionnaires for Autism 259
App. 3 Information on the Internet 264
References 265
Glossary 313
Author Index 331
Subject Index 340
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