Asperger's Syndrome in Young Children: A Developmental Guide for Parents and Professionals

Asperger's Syndrome in Young Children: A Developmental Guide for Parents and Professionals

Asperger's Syndrome in Young Children: A Developmental Guide for Parents and Professionals

Asperger's Syndrome in Young Children: A Developmental Guide for Parents and Professionals

Synopsis

"Including a useful summary of early childhood development stages, Leventhal-Belfer and Coe provide a diagnostic model based on assessment of the child in contrast to "neurotypical" children, considering relationships at home, in school or in care. Their book shows how to develop tailored early intervention strategies and to assist parents, teachers and mental health professionals in making informed decisions to nurture the development of children with AS." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

It seems as if a month does not pass without an article appearing in the lay press about the subject of Asperger's Syndrome or Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Since Asperger's Syndrome was officially recognized in the United States in the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV: American Psychiatric Association 1994) and in the tenth revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10: World Health Organization 1993) there has been a dramatic increase in the number of children diagnosed with this condition. This has been accompanied by an increase in the number of books and papers written about its history, diagnosis, etiology, and intervention approaches (Klin, Volkmar and Sparrow 2000). Historically the diagnosis was not made until the child was in elementary school. However, earlier identification is now occurring, due in part to the increase in the number of young children participating in group programs (e.g. childcare, preschool, and full-day kindergarten) and the consequent identification of children who have difficulty adapting to the social demands of these settings. Additionally, with the increase in the number of school age children being diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, there has been a growing awareness of the disorder and much interest in how it might present in younger children.

Our experiences in working with young children with Asperger's Syndrome and their families over the past 15 years have underscored the need for a book that provides parents and professionals with a working understanding of the Syndrome in young children and models for intervention. This book was developed with these goals in mind.

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