The precise relationship between high-functioning autism and Asperger Syndrome is still a subject of debate. This volume provides a general overview of the disorder and present diverse opinions on diagnosis and assessment, neuropsychological issues, treatment, and related conditions. A special section features personal essays by individuals diagnosed with autism or Asperger Syndrome. The result is a comprehensive and useful survey of the current state of the field that will be of great interest to clinicians, teachers, researchers, and parents.
Overview: Introduction to Asperger Syndrome (AS) & High-Functioning Autism (HFA); E. Schopler, G. Mesibov. The History of Asperger Syndrome; L. Wing. Subtyping Pervasive Developmental Disorder: Issues of Validity and Implication for Child Psychiatric Diagnosis; J. Pomeroy. Diagnostic and Assessment Issues: High-Functioning People with Autism and AS; A Literature Review; C. Gillberg, S. Ehlers. AS and Nonverbal Learning Disabilities; F. Volkmar, A. Klin. Neuropsychological Issues: Neurobiology of AS: Seven Case Studies and Quantitative Magnetic Resonance Imaging Findings; A. Lincoln, et al. Treatment Issues: Social Stories and Comic Strip Conversations with Students with AS and HFA;C. Gray. Language and Communication in HFA and AS; D. Twachtman-Cullen. Related Conditions: Repetitive Thoughts and Behaviors in PDD: Phenomenology and Pharmacotherapy; C. McDougle. Learning Characteristics of Individuals With AS; S. Hooper, M.B. Bundy. Personal Essays: A Personal Account of Autism; T. McKean. Conclusion: Premature Popularization of AS; E. Schopler. 8 Additional Articles. Index.