From leading clinical researchers, this book presents important advances in understanding and treating the early social-communication difficulties that are hallmarks of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). It is grounded in current findings on typically and atypically developing infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Contributors highlight the connections between ASD and impairments in joint attention, communication and language, play, and imitation. They review approaches to supporting children's functioning in each area, along with evidence-based screening and assessment strategies. Valuable advice is offered on matching treatment to individual children's needs. The book also explores the developmental and neurobiological processes that underlie social-communication deficits in ASD.
"Charman and Stone have recruited foremost authorities to summarize in clear and considerable detail what the science shows, the clinical implications of existing knowledge, and the directions toward which we need to move in future research. This book is destined to be a truly influential contribution for autism researchers, clinicians, graduate students, and policymakers seeking to ground their decisions in scientific evidence." - Samuel L. Odom, School of Education, Indiana University, USA "This book is a must-have for the bookshelves of graduate students, clinicians, and researchers specializing in autism... A phenomenal resource." - APA PsycCRITIQUES "The most important, ambitious, and exciting volume to be published on autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in the last several years. The volume brings together leading scholars and researchers whose work has led to revolutionary changes in early diagnosis and innovative, effective intervention... Taken together, the chapters demonstrate the feasibility of identifying every toddler at risk and providing interventions to significantly reduce the severity of symptoms and promote language acquisition." - Helen Tager-Flusberg, Lab of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, Boston University School of Medicine, USA "'This work would be an appropriate text for advanced undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in developmental psychopathology, social development, and developmental cognitive neuroscience.' "- Deborah Fein, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Connecticut, USA