ISBN-10:
1608312690
ISBN-13:
9781608312696
Pub. Date:
03/25/2011
Publisher:
LWW
A Clinical Guide to Autistic Spectrum Disorders

A Clinical Guide to Autistic Spectrum Disorders

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608312696
Publisher: LWW
Publication date: 03/25/2011
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

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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