Understanding the Nature of Autism and Asperger's Disorder: Forty Years of Clinical Practice and Pioneering Research

Understanding the Nature of Autism and Asperger's Disorder: Forty Years of Clinical Practice and Pioneering Research

Understanding the Nature of Autism and Asperger's Disorder: Forty Years of Clinical Practice and Pioneering Research

Understanding the Nature of Autism and Asperger's Disorder: Forty Years of Clinical Practice and Pioneering Research

Synopsis

Edward R. Ritvo MD is an internationally recognized medical expert, researcher and pioneer in the field of autism and Asperger's disorder and co-author of the official diagnostic criteria in the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). Much of what is known about these disorders today is based on his painstaking research and groundbreaking discoveries. In this book he shares his forty years' experience and opens his extensive UCLA casebook to the reader

Excerpt

Over the last forty years, Edward Ritvo, md has conducted many of the seminal research studies examining the medical aspects of autism. He observed and contributed to the dawn of our scientific knowledge on autism and Asperger’s disorder that began in the late 1960s. Today, younger scientists and clinicians tend to focus on contemporary research and overlook some of the original studies. But new light can shine through old windows. As Edward Ritvo, md describes the context for his original research and interprets the results, the reader becomes aware that the studies conducted twenty or thirty years ago are still contributing to our understanding of autism and our current theoretical models and treatments.

There are few people in the world that can use an historical perspective over many decades to perceive the changing conceptualization and treatment strategies of autism spectrum disorders. We need the wise council of Edward Ritvo, md in such diverse areas as diagnosis, aetiology, treatment and especially prognosis. What autism is and what are its causes and treatments along with how children with autism can develop, are the central themes of this book.

Parents will be delighted to read the advice of an extremely experienced clinician, a realist and optimist, based on the personal experience of diagnosing, studying and treating thousands of children and adults whose expression of autism has ranged from severe to relatively mild. of particular interest is the seminal description of adults with autism or Asperger’s disorder who are parents. Clinicians first thought that someone with autism could never marry and have children. Over ten years ago, Edward Ritvo, md documented and proved that someone with autism can experience an intimate and loving relationship with a partner and have children.

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