Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-50
  2. Setting the Scene: Introductory Chapters

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Hannah Gardener, Kristen Lyall
      Pages 3-25
    3. Allal Ouhtit, Yahya M. Al-Farsi, Ishita Gupta, Mostafa I. Waly, Marwan M. Al-Sharbati
      Pages 27-47
    4. Antonio Maria Persico, Roberto Sacco
      Pages 77-95
    5. Lars Klintwall, Svein Eikeseth
      Pages 117-137
    6. Christina D. Bethell, Olivia Lindly, Michael Kogan, Katharine Zuckerman
      Pages 139-165
    7. Guillermo Montes, Marie Cianca
      Pages 167-184
    8. Phil Reed, Lisa A. Osborne
      Pages 185-206
    9. Sabrin Rizk, Kris Pizur-Barnekow, Amy R. Darragh
      Pages 223-246
  3. Diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 283-283
    2. Susan E. Bryson, Lonnie Zwaigenbaum
      Pages 299-310
    3. Judith S. Miller, Juhi Pandey, Leandra N. Berry
      Pages 311-326
    4. Mehran Ahmadlou, Hojjat Adeli
      Pages 327-343

About this book


Autism is a complex multifaceted disorder affecting neurodevelopment during the early years of life and, for many, throughout the life span. Inherent features include difficulties or deficits in communication, social interaction, cognition, and interpersonal behavioral coordination, to name just a few. Autism profoundly impacts the affected individual, the family, and, in many cases, the localized communities. The increased prevalence of childhood autism has resulted in rapid developments in a wide range of disciplines in recent years. Nevertheless, despite intensive research, the cause(s) remain unresolved and no single treatment strategy is employed. To address these issues, Comprehensive Guide to Autism is an all-embracing reference that offers analyses and discussions of contemporary issues in the field of autism. The work brings together scientific material from leading experts in the field relating to a wide range of important current topics, such as the early identification and treatment of children with autism, pertinent social and behavioral studies, recent developments in genetics and immunology, the influence of diet, models of autism, and future treatment prospects. Comprehensive Guide to Autism contains essential readings for behavioral science researchers, psychologists, physicians, social workers, parents, and caregivers.



Aspergers syndrome Assessment of autism Attention deficit disorder Autism Autism spectrum disorder Communication disorder Developmental delay Developmental disability Families with autism Genetics of autism Hyperactivity disorder Learning Disorder Mental Retardation Neurodevelopment Pervasive developmental disorder Risk of autism Social interaction Treatment of autism

Editors and affiliations

  • Vinood B. Patel
    • 1
  • Victor R. Preedy
    • 2
  • Colin R. Martin
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Biomedical SciencesUniversity of Westminster, Faculty of Science & TechnologyLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Nutritional Sciences Division and Genomics CentreKing's College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Faculty of Society and HealthBuckinghamshire New UniversityMiddlesexUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-4787-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-4788-7
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