Autism Spectrum Disorders: Identification, Education, and Treatment

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Identification, Education, and Treatment

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Identification, Education, and Treatment

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Identification, Education, and Treatment

Synopsis

Autism is hot these days--this book cuts across special education, school psychology, and school and clinical counseling. Our promotion to libraries and textbook markets should improve.

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The recent increase in the number of children being diagnosed as having autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and the current interest in the field of autism, have led to heightened demand for information by professionals, students, and parents. As the incidence of autism has grown, ASD has become a major special education category. Autism has been, and continues to be, the focus of extensive study and controversial debate. New research initiatives, specialized programs, and parent and professional organizations are receiving a great deal of media coverage. Much is happening in the field; many new advances have been made in medical and educational research.

The field of autism is currently, quite literally, experiencing growing pains. The astounding increase in diagnosed cases of ASD over the past several years raises concerns about diagnostic criteria, etiology, and availability of appropriate services. Perhaps the recently reported increase in the incidence of autism stems from a growing awareness and a new level of sophistication within the general public regarding this disorder. Or, perhaps we're seeing more cases because we have broadened the diagnostic criteria to include a wider range of ability levels and behaviors. A third and distinct possibility, however, is that, although there has indeed been a broadening of the diagnostic criteria for this disability category that has resulted in increased numbers of diagnoses, an actual rise in the number of classic DSM-FV cases of autism has occurred. Autism is more prevalent today than it was a few years ago. In the first chapter of this book, titled, “Definitions and Characteristics of the Spectrum, ” Joel Bregman, M. D., presents a thorough overview of ASD and a review of research related to the prevalence of the disorder.

Because more individuals (with a wide array of characteristics, ability levels, and types of service needs) are receiving diagnoses of autism, this new edition, now called Autism Spectrum Disorders: Identification, Education, and Treatment, has altered its focus. Authors who contributed to the two . . .

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