"A Clinical Guide to Autistic Spectrum Disorders" provides primary care health care providers and pediatricians the inclusive, yet succinct, material they need to immediately evaluate and support their patients. Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) have a wide and sometimes confusing presentation, and this text covers the recognition, evaluation, and multi-disciplinary approach to the management of ASD. Readers will benefit not only from the brief review of the biology and demographics of autism, but also from its common sense approach and practical suggestions for clinical settings. A companion website features the fully searchable text and printable patient handouts.
Foreword iv Preface v Acknowledgments vii Section One: Introduction to Autistic Spectrum Disorders 1. History ... 3 2. Current Thoughts Regarding the Neurobiology of Autism ... 10 3. Changing Demographics of Autism in the United States ... 14 4. Incorporating People with Autism within the Primary Care Practice ... 15 Section Two: Symptom-Based Assessment 5. Algorithm for the Evaluation and Management of Individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorders ... 21 6. Developmental Delays: Speech, Motor, Social, and Global ... 29 7. Odd Behaviors ... 36 8. Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Regression ... 43 9. Vegetative Disturbances: Sleep, Eating, and Elimination Problems ... 46 10. Epilepsy and Autistic Spectrum Disorders ... 50 11. Psychiatric Problems and Autistic Spectrum Disorders ... 53 12. Genetic and Environmental Syndromes Associated with Autistic Spectrum Disorders ... 56 13. Individuals with Exceptional Gifts and Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Autistic Savants ... 62 14. Adults Living with an Autistic Spectrum Diagnosis ... 64 15. Ethical Considerations in the Primary Medical Care of Individuals with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder ... 66 Section Three: Therapeutic Approaches 16. Environmental Approaches ... 73 17. Nonpharmacologic Therapeutic Options ... 76 18. Pharmaceutical Approaches ... 79 19. Complementary and Alternative Medicine ... 86 Section Four: Autism Spectrum Disorders and the Public School 20. Assessment: Making the Diagnosis ... 91 21. Medical Statements That May Help Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders in the Classroom ... 98 22. Finding Ways to Help Families Navigate the Public School System ... 100 Appendices Appendix A Resources for Clinicians/Resources for Families ... 103 Appendix B Autism Resources ... 105 Appendix C Behavior Based Handouts ... 108 Appendix D School Interactions ... 109 Appendix E Medical Statement That May Help Children With ASD in the Classroom ... 110 Appendix F Keywords and Abbreviation Guide ... 112 Bibliography 113 Index 115
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