Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders Sourcebook, Fourth Edition

by Angela L. Williams (Author), Greg Mullin (Editor)

Basic information on symptoms, assessment and diagnosis of autism and pervasive developmental disorders
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) includes autistic disorder, Asperger syndrome, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified. Studies indicate that the prevalence of these neurodevelopmental disabilities, which cause significant problems with social interaction and communication, is increasing. Researchers believe genes, brain dysfunction, and environmental factors play a role in causing ASD. Although there is no cure, early diagnosis and evidence-based interventions currently provide the best long-term outcomes.

Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders Sourcebook, Fourth Edition provides updated information about the specific types of autism spectrum disorders. It explains symptoms, assessment, and diagnosis of ASD and describes the importance of early interventions. Evidence-based behavior, communication, and biomedical interventions are presented, along with educational guidelines for teachers and parents of children with ASD. Support, safety, transition, mental health, and employment information for families and individuals affected by ASD is also provided and it concludes with a glossary of related terms and a directory of resources offer additional help and information.

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