Description: This book, the first of its kind to my knowledge, presents the current understanding of the evaluation, treatment, and diagnosis of patients with autism spectrum disorders.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive reference on these disorders. With the change of criteria and diagnosis in the DSM-5, this book offers strategies to better go about treating these patients using a global approach.
Audience: The audience includes clinicians, psychologists, and therapists working with this patient population. The amount of detail and information is most appropriate for experienced mental health providers.
Features: The book is divided into three key sections: Foundation, Comprehensive and Related Programs, and Strategic Interventions. The first section does a great job delving into the fundamentals of the diagnosis with a breakdown of the criteria, enabling readers to better understand the multidisciplinary approach and the evaluation of treatment effectiveness. The best part, however, is the third section, which describes interventions. The interventions are broken down into specific areas of concern when dealing with these patients, such as peer and adult socialization, social emotional reciprocity, supporting social communication skills, etc.
Assessment: This is a great addition to the field of mental health. I will be using this as a reference and a teaching tool for years to come. I highly recommend this to anyone in the field of mental health.