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From The CriticsReviewer: Robin Shapiro, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This review of treatments for autism covers diagnosis, medications, psychosocial treatments, and other therapeutic interventions.
Purpose: This is a resource for a broad range of treating clinicians, providing evidence-based reviews of current medications and therapeutic interventions for the treatment of autism.
Audience: It is intended for a wide spectrum of clinicians from pediatricians and psychiatrists to occupational therapists. The authors feel it is even appropriate for highly informed caregivers. The book appears appropriate for all of the above, as it is fairly concise and the references lead to more in-depth information for those who seek it.
Features: Major and commonly used pharmacological agents are covered in concise, clearly defined chapters. The chapters include useful tables covering psychotropics with possible side effects, dosing, and sometimes current, evidence-based research. The end of each chapter has conclusions followed by a long but useful list of references. The latter half of the book covers nonpharmacological treatments such as ABA. These chapters are particularly helpful because they cover the major/commonly used therapeutic modalities, explaining them in detail. In addition, the authors cover complementary/alternative medicine treatments with an easy to read chart covering the research, or lack thereof. Because the reference section at the end of each chapter is fairly dense, it might have been helpful if the editors had highlighted a handful of recommended citations.
Assessment: This is a useful, high quality resource for the treatment of autism. One can easily read the book through or use it as a reference. The charts are extremely useful and the book is detailed yet easy to read.