In this integrative volume, foremost experts present cutting-edge work on the nature and treatment of autism. Covering theory, research, and the development of new hypotheses and models, the book provides a balance between depth and breadth by focusing on questions most central to the field. Psychological and biological models of autism are presented in Part I. In Part II, contributors describe a range of clinical intervention methods and discuss topics related to diagnosis. The volume has been designed to be accessible and informative to a broad audience, including clinicians, researchers, and students.
A remarkable collection of up-to-date reviews and fresh synthetic theorizing about autism. The book contains a fine balance of neurobiological, social-emotional, and cognitive-linguistic approaches to understanding this disorder. There is also an impressive group of chapters written by leading experts on diagnosis and treatment. Recommended reading." --Dr. Robert N. Emde, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center "In her work on brain correlates of autism, Dr. Dawson brings a clinicians sensitivity to the behavioral issues with a solid sense of theory and methods. This produces a keen insight into the brain mechanisms of developmental affective disorders, which is reflected in this excellent volume. -- Sidney J. Segalowitz, Ph.D. "An exciting, in-depth synthesis of recent advances....Will no doubt become the leading text in its field." --"Education and Training in Mental Retardation"
Dawson has brought together many of the best scholars and clinicians in the field, and her book reflects an able attempt to present provocative issues and innovative thinking and approaches.' --"Contemporary Psychology"