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Autism Spectrum Disorder

by Lisa Joseph, Latha V. Soorya, Audrey Thurm

Series: Advances in Psychotherapy – Evidence-Based Practice - Volume 29

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Compact, authoritative guide to effective diagnosis and empirically supported treatments for autism spectrum disorder.

This addition to the Advances in Psychotherapy–Evidence-Based Practice series is a straightforward yet authoritative guide to effective diagnosis and empirically supported treatments for autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

The book starts by reviewing DSM-5 and ICD-10 diagnostic criteria, current theories and models, and prevalence rates for ASD and related neurodevelopmental disorders. It explains the differences between the disorders and changes in criteria and names (such as Asperger’s syndrome, childhood and atypical autism, pervasive developmental disorder, Rett’s syndrome) over time. It then provides clear guidance on evaluation of ASD and comorbidities, with practical outlines and examples to guide practice.

The core of the book that follows is a clear description of current interventions and their empirical support, including psychosocial, pharmacological, educational, social skills, and complementary/alternative treatments. Clinical vignettes and marginal notes highlighting the key points help make it an easy-to-use resource, incorporating the latest scientific research, that is suitable for all mental health providers dealing with autism spectrum disorder.

From the Reviews:

"[The authors] have skilfully consolidated and immense research literature and produced a miraculously short book that is easy to read yet informative…. A very valuable reference and guidebook for clinicians serving children and adolescents who are significantly impaired by autism spectrum disorder. It will be especially useful to practitioners who are first learning about autism or to people more experienced who want a current update on the state of the field."
Valerie Gaus, in PsycCRITIQUES (July 2015), Vol. 60, No. 29

"An excellent primer … practical, succinct, accurate, and inclusive in its review of what is current in the field. It is a book for busy clinicians … to gain an appreciation of what will help them in their everyday work with students or patients."
Peter E. Tanguay, MD, in Journal of Clinical Psychiatry (June 2015), 76 (6), e841

"This book provides a concise and up to date account of what is so far known about Autism Spectrum Condition/Disorder and provides a holistic account of treatment options for clinicians to consider.Overall this book would be helpful for clinicians either assessing for ASD or working therapeutically with young children/adolescents who are on the Autism Spectrum.
Jemma Coates, Devon Autism and ADHD Service, Exeter, at: http://www.acamh.org/publications/book-reviews/autism-spectrum-disorder/">

"This installment is a thorough guide to the effective diagnosis and empirically supported treatment for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Four main chapters explore ASD in great detail. Asperger's syndrome, Rett's syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder are now captured under the broad diagnostic category of ASD per DSM-5.
"The authors review the DSM-5 and ICD-10 diagnostic criteria, current theories and models, prevalence rates, comorbidity, as well as a well-thought out examination of the current treatments.
"A much-needed, up-to-date resource on effective treatments, includingboth psychological and pharmacological."

Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM(Columbia College of Missouri), in Doody's Listings and Book Reviews, February 2015

Praise for the book:

“This outstanding book with up-to-date information about autism theory, research, and clinical practice will be useful to both scientists and practitioners. Readers will especially appreciate the detailed descriptions of therapeutic approaches and clearly written guidelines for clinical assessment and treatment, illustrated with case examples and summary tables that make them easy to grasp and apply in real-world settings.”
Geraldine Dawson, PhD, Director, Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development, and Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC

“This is a concise and authoritative overview of the state-of-the-art of the science and practice of autism spectrum disorder. It packs a lot into 100 pages and the reader comes away with real clinical ‘know how.’ This volume should be on the reading list of many healthcare and educational professional trainees.”
Prof. Tony Charman, Chair in Clinical Child Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, UK

“A comprehensive, scholarly, yet accessible introduction to autism spectrum disorder. In just 100 pages, the book presents a wealth of scientifically sound information on the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of the disorder. It is sure to be a handy resource for clinicians, teachers, and students.”
Tristram Smith, PhD, Professor, Division of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY

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