Rich with clinical insights, this volume reviews the state of the science of identifying and treating autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in very young children. Leading authorities examine critical research issues and present innovative approaches to assessing social, cognitive, adaptive, communication, and sensorymotor
impairments in the first two years of life. Providing a comprehensive discussion of developmental, behavioral, and medical intervention models, the book also addresses ways to support families in coping with an early ASD diagnosis and becoming effective advocates for their children. A special chapter discusses popular but controversial treatments, including how to help families make informed decisions about their use.
COURSE USE: May serve as a text in graduate-level courses on autism, developmental disabilities, and early intervention.
AUDIENCE: Clinical and developmental psychologists, child
psychiatrists, special educators and early intervention specialists, speechlanguage pathologists, social workers, pediatricians, and
other child health and education professionals. Age Range: 03
"This exemplary volume brings together truly state-of-the-art discussions of new concepts and methods in the early diagnosis and treatment of children with autism spectrum disorders. Autism has gone from a rare, poorly understood disorder to a well-defined syndrome that is now recognized as more common than Down syndrome, epilepsy, or cancer in children. To no small extent, our improved understanding, identification, and treatment of the youngest children with autism has stemmed from work conducted by the editors and contributors of this integrated, exceedingly well-organized volume." - Peter Mundy, Lisa Capps Professor of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, School of Education, and Director for Education Research, M.I.N.D. Institute, University of California at Davis , USA "One of the most exciting developments in the autism field in the past decade has been the study of autism as it emerges in infancy and toddlerhood. This exceptional volume captures the crest of this wave by summarizing clinical and experimental studies of autism in early childhood. Its scope encompasses screening, diagnosis, and treatment, as well as cutting-edge theoretical models that may help us to better understand what lies at the core of autistic development. This is a 'must read' for scientists interested in early autism and should be recommended to training and practicing clinicians in a wide variety of fields, including psychology, child psychiatry, pediatrics, speech--language pathology, and early education." - Professor Tony Charman, Institute of Child Health, University College London, UK "The study of infants and toddlers is currently the area of autism research with the highest energy, and 'Autism Spectrum Disorders in Infants and Toddlers' offers a comprehensive view. Chawarska and her colleagues not only offer an excellent presentation of current research and theory, but also convey the background and framework for where we should go next." - Catherine Lord, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan; Director, University of Michigan Autism and Communication Disorders Center "An exciting frontier in autism spectrum disorders is early diagnosis and intervention. This timely new book provides invaluable illumination of this area by synthesizing research and offering numerous clinical pearls to inform clinicians. Written by a distinguished group of clinical investigators, the book authoritatively reviews and evaluates a large number of topics relevant to assessment and treatment. It is an invaluable aid to those with an interest in infant mental health, developmental disabilities, developmental psychopathology, and prevention science." - Charles H. Zeanah, Sellars Polchow Professor, Vice Chair for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Tulane University, USA "This excellent book alerts clinicians to the fact that the autism landscape isn't what it used to be. [The editors] are among the most qualified professionals to assemble a volume on this topic for practitioners!.An outstanding book for practitioners involved in evaluating, treating, or providing other services to young children with autism spectrum disorders." - Journal of Clinical Psychiatry "This comprehensive book on autism spectrum disorders is rich in information. It is an important step toward the goal of designing interventions that target the mechanisms that underlie the symptoms." - New England Journal of Medicine "Exceptionally timely given the recent focus on the importance of early identification of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs)...In a clear and concise manner, this book identifies the problem of ASDs in infancy and provides measured discussions of key debates before challenging the reader with future research that will allow more about this key developmental stage to be properly understood." - Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
For Ages: 1 - 3 years old
Number Of Pages: 348
Published: 22nd July 2010
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.5