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Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder
Characteristics, Causes and Practical Issues

Second Edition

March 2017 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
What are the historical foundations of autism and what precisely is meant by the "autistic spectrum?" How can we explain behavioral patterns of people with autism, young or old, and what are the major theoretical bases for understanding these? What is the latest thinking regarding diagnosis, and what are the most effective strategies for assessment, education and care for people with this condition?

This newly updated and enhanced Second Edition covers the latest research on autistic spectrum disorders. Practical yet applied, it explores theories at the psychological, neurobiological and “first cause” levels, as well as methods of assessment, intervention, education, and support.

Already popular as an introductory text for those wanting to know more about autism, as well as a source of basic information and references for those familiar with the field, this helpful text is invaluable for students, professionals and even families.

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Chapter 1 Historical Background
Chapter 2 Current Concept and Definition
Chapter 3 The Fuller Picture: Shared Characteristics
Chapter 4 The Fuller Picture: Sources of Diversity
Chapter 5 Facts and Figures: Epidemiology and Lifespan Development
Chapter 6 A Framework for Explaining Autism
Chapter 7 Root Causes
Chapter 8 Brain Bases
Chapter 9. Proximal Causes 1: Diagnostic Behaviours
Chapter 10. Proximal Causes 2: Additional Shared Characteristics and Major Specifiers
Chapter 11. Assessment, Diagnosis and Screening
Chapter 12. Intervention
Chapter 13. Care

The book contains the essential elements required to provide a solid background in the field of ASD: historical background, causes of the condition, identification of the disorder, and proven ways to provide education for and care of individuals who have the condition.

One of the best features of the text is the presentation of how the definition and conceptualization of the disorder have evolved over time; the text uses side-by-side comparisons to illustrate this evolution. There are abundant case studies and vignettes that illustrate key concepts about ASD, and that provide clear examples of what is being described.

In addition, the book contains an excellent appendix with 'Assignments' for application of ideas presented in the text.

J. D. Neal, University of Central Missouri
Choice Connect - The Association of College and Research Libraries

Boucher’s Book offers a welcome update and comprehensive coverage of the historical and contemporary knowledge of ASD, presented in an engaging manner that poses many questions to the reader thereby encouraging critical interpretation of the evidence.  It is a valuable resource for those who wish to gain insight into the multidisciplinary perspectives of ASD including its origins, diagnosis, diversity and care.  

Dr Ruth Lowry
Reader in the Psychology of Active Living, University of Chichester

It relates knowledge of up-to-date research, linking these theoretical aspects to practice as well as to the impact on the lives of those with ASD [...]the book is suitable for practitioners and professionals in many spheres, as well as those in training or in different branches of academia [...] Highly recommended.

Diana Murdoch
Nasen Connect

Good oversight of the subject but looking for more specific around policing.

Mr Phil Atkinson
Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences, Northumbria University
June 24, 2019

This book is in depth with a historical background paving the way for further chapters. The chapters are clearly laid out allowing you to dip in and out of sections within the book and still have an understanding. The real-life accounts put autism into perspective and give people with little awareness of a practical understanding. Overall it is an in-depth informative read that would support any module reading list for students studying education and SEND.

Miss Michelle Bramley
School of Social Sciences, Nottingham Trent University
February 15, 2019

An excellent one stop source which provides detailed background and detail on ASD including practical advice in supporting students with ASD.

Mr Sam Emmett
Early Childhood Education, Glyndwr University
November 12, 2018

A detailed book of Autistic Spectrum Disorder and will be used in accordance with the Cache specification for students on level 3.

Ms Darian Rees-Lewis
Childhood Studies, Coleg Gwent
October 24, 2018
Key features
  • Provides readers with essential information about autism, as well as the latest thinking on diagnosis
  • Features case studies, poems, and examples from children with autism
  • Follows the DSMV criteria for autism

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 6: A Framework for Explaining Autism