Featuring contributions from leading authorities in the clinical and social sciences, this thoroughly revised and updated new edition reflects the most recent progress in the understanding of autism and related conditions, and offers an international perspective on the present state of the discipline. Chapters cover current approaches to definition and diagnosis; prevalence and planning for service delivery; cognitive, genetic, and neurobiological features; and pathophysiological mechanisms. There is a new chapter covering communication issues. Interventions reviewed include the pharmacological, behavioral, and educational, and a thoughtful final chapter addresses the nature of the fundamental social disturbance that characterizes autism.
1. Diagnosis and definition of autism and other pervasive developmental disorders Fred R. Volkmar and Catherine Lord; 2. Epidemiological surveys of pervasive developmental disorders Eric Fombonne; 3. Psychological factors in autism Margot Prior and Sally Ozonoff; 4. Communication and its development in autism spectrum disorders Rhea Paul; 5. Genetic epidemiology of autism spectrum disorders Peter Szatmari and Marshall B. Jones; 6. Neurobiology of autism Fritz Poustka; 7. Psychopharmacology Craig A. Erickson, Kimberly A. Stigler, David J. Posey and Christopher J. McDougle; 8. Behavioral and educational approaches to the pervasive developmental disorders Sandra L. Harris; 9. The outcome in adult life for people with autism and Asperger's syndrome Patricia Howlin; 10. Autism, social neuroscience, and endophenotypes Lynn Waterhouse, Deborah Fein and Emily G. W. Nichols.