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Autism Spectrum Disorder: Characteristics, Causes and Practical Issues / Edition 2

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Characteristics, Causes and Practical Issues / Edition 2

by Jill Boucher


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Autism Spectrum Disorder: Characteristics, Causes and Practical Issues / Edition 2

What are the historical foundations of autism and what precisely is meant by the 'autistic spectrum'? How can we explain behavioural patterns of people with autism, young or old, and what are the major theoretical bases for understanding these? What is the latest thinking regarding diagnosis, and what are the most effective strategies for assessment, education and care for people with this condition?

Following on from the popular provocative first edition, the Second Edition answers these questions with the latest research on autistic spectrum disorders, exploring theories at the psychological, neurobiological and 'first cause' levels to methods of assessment, intervention, education and support.

Already popular as an introductory text for those wanting to know more about autism as well as a source of basic information and references for those familiar with the field, this newly updated and enhanced book is invaluable for students, professionals and even families.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781446295670
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 04/10/2017
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 293,056
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jill Boucher is Professor of Developmental Psychology at City University in London. Initially she trained and worked as a speech and language therapist. Within a few years, however, the need to better understand the brain, and those malfunctions of the brain that cause communication and language impairments, led her to retrain and pursue an academic career as a neuropsychologist. After some years teaching and researching at the University of Warwick, she moved to Sheffield University to supervise an existing vocational course for speech and language therapists. She subsequently played a critical role in developing a multi-disciplinary Department of Human Communication Sciences at Sheffield, where research and practice are equally valued, and mutually beneficial. The conviction that practitioners and researchers must work collaboratively to improve the lives of people with ASD, and to help families and others who support and provide for them, informs the approach taken in the present book.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Historical Background
Chapter 2 Current Concept and Definition
Chapter 3 The Fuller Picture: Shared Characteristics
Chapter 4 The Fuller Picture: Sources of Diversity
Chapter 5 Facts and Figures: Epidemiology and Lifespan Development
Chapter 6 A Framework for Explaining Autism
Chapter 7 Root Causes
Chapter 8 Brain Bases
Chapter 9. Proximal Causes 1: Diagnostic Behaviours
Chapter 10. Proximal Causes 2: Additional Shared Characteristics and Major Specifiers
Chapter 11. Assessment, Diagnosis and Screening
Chapter 12. Intervention
Chapter 13. Care

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