In this new book Simon Baron-Cohen summarizes the current understanding of autism and Asperger Syndrome. He explains the process of diagnosis, as well as the options for education and intervention for those with these conditions. Taking a lifespan approach, Professor Baron-Cohen considersa how the conditions affect very young children through to adulthood. He also outlines his new Empathizing-Systemizing (ES) theory, which aims to explain all of the psychological
features of autistic-spectrum conditions.
This book is designed firstly for people with these conditions and their families. It will be useful to clinicians, teachers, and other professionals involved in the care and support of people on the autistic spectrum. The book will also provide an invaluable introduction to the topic for students in the social and biological sciences.
1. Meeting two people on the autistic spectrum ; 2. The changing prevalence of autism through history ; 3. Measuring the autistic spectrum ; 4. Making the diagnosis ; 5. The psychology of autism and Asperger Syndrome ; 6. The biology of autism and Asperger Syndrome ; 7. Intervention, education and treatment ; 8. Appendix 1: The Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ): adult version