From leading clinical researchers, this book presents important advances in understanding and treating the early social-communication difficulties that are hallmarks of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). It is grounded in current findings on typically and atypically developing infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Contributors highlight the connections between ASD and impairments in joint attention, communication and language, play, and imitation. They review approaches to supporting children's functioning in each area, along with evidence-based screening and assessment strategies. Valuable advice is offered on matching treatment to individual children's needs. The book also explores the developmental and neurobiological processes that underlie social-communication deficits in ASD.
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Number of pages: 348
Weight: 500 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 24 mm
"This timely book reasserts the importance of social and communication factors in our understanding and treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and brings together a wealth of research on neuropsychology, psychology, medicine, and education in order to do so. Clearly written, it will be essential reading for students focusing on ASD and all those interested in both typical and atypical child development."--Rita Jordan, PhD, Professor in Autism Studies; Inclusion, Special Education and Educational Psychology Division; School of Education; University of Birmingham, UK
"This is the most important, ambitious, and exciting volume to be published on autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in the last several years. The volume brings together leading scholars and researchers whose work has led to revolutionary changes in early diagnosis and innovative, effective intervention. Presented are theoretically grounded, developmental perspectives on the emergence of social-communication difficulties in ASD. Taken together, the chapters demonstrate the feasibility of identifying every toddler at risk and providing interventions to significantly reduce the severity of symptoms and promote language acquisition. This is a 'must read' for all clinicians and researchers who work on autism!"--Helen Tager-Flusberg, PhD, Lab of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, Boston University School of Medicine
"This book could not be more timely in its coverage of crucial questions related to early identification and intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders, with a focus on understanding the central role of social-communication development. Charman and Stone have recruited foremost authorities to summarize in clear and considerable detail what the science shows, the clinical implications of existing knowledge, and the directions toward which we need to move in future research. This book is destined to be a truly influential contribution for autism researchers, clinicians, graduate students, and policymakers seeking to ground their decisions in scientific evidence."--Samuel L. Odom, PhD, School of Education, Indiana University
"Tony Charman and Wendy Stone have put together a marvelous volume containing the most up-to-date information on the social and communication development of infants and toddlers with ASD. Moreover, they have ensured that the information is new, clinically relevant, and based on the most valid scientific findings. It will be a long time before another volume comes along that succeeds in reaching as many goals and as wide an audience."--Peter Szatmari, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, McMaster University, Canada
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