The Development of Autism: A Self-Regulatory Perspective

The Development of Autism: A Self-Regulatory Perspective

The Development of Autism: A Self-Regulatory Perspective

The Development of Autism: A Self-Regulatory Perspective

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"This comprehensive book is essential reading for parents, students, therapists, researchers and policymakers who wish to improve or update their understanding of autism." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

Autism is a developmental disorder that has both fascinated and frustrated the scientific and clinical community. Although extensive research has attempted to isolate the neuropsychological basis of this complex disorder, its etiology remains elusive. Autism also presents major challenges to those providing services. Considerable controversy exists concerning how education and biomedical interventions should be structured and what constitutes best treatment practices. Further complicating this picture is the barrage of conflicting and incomplete information put forth in popular magazines, movies, television, and the Internet about autism. Not surprisingly, the formulation of useful public policy for dealing with autism awaits clarification from the scientific, medical, and educational communities. Despite the incomplete state of knowledge regarding the nature and treatment of autism, recent research and scholarly activity are beginning to yield a more precise picture of this disorder. In particular, there is intriguing new information about both the biological bases of this disorder and the role that the environment plays in its evolution. Moreover, new and more empirically based interventions are beginning to emerge.

This book was developed to address the needs of several different audiences, including parents, teachers, students taking a course in autism, therapists and health care professionals, and autism scholars/researchers. Because of the diversity of the intended readership, certain compromises have been made regarding the way materials are presented and developed. For parents, teachers, and beginning students of autism, the book serves as an introduction to autism, including its definition, assessment, basic characteristics, possible causes, and treatments. Family and social policy issues are also discussed at length. Teachers seeking a text on autism will find that this book not only covers the basics but also looks at autism from a broad theoretical and empirical perspective. For professionals who provide services to children with . . .

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