Autism Spectrum Disorders in Infants and Toddlers: Diagnosis, Assessment, and Treatment

Autism Spectrum Disorders in Infants and Toddlers: Diagnosis, Assessment, and Treatment

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Rich with clinical insights, this volume reviews the state of the science of identifying and treating autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in very young children. Leading authorities examine critical research issues and present innovative approaches to assessing social, cognitive, adaptive, communication, and sensory–motor impairments in the first two years of life. Providing a comprehensive discussion of developmental, behavioral, and medical intervention models, the book also addresses ways to support families in coping with an early ASD diagnosis and becoming effective advocates for their children. A special chapter discusses popular but controversial treatments, including how to help families make informed decisions about their use.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606237533
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 02/05/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 348
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 1 - 3 Years

About the Author

Katarzyna Chawarska, PhD, is Assistant Professor at the Yale Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine, where she is also Director of the Developmental Disabilities Clinic for Infants and Toddlers. Dr. Chawarska's research focuses on early expression of ASD and on experimental studies of face and gaze processing in infants and toddlers. Ami Klin, PhD, is the Harris Associate Professor of Child Psychology and Psychiatry at the Yale Child Study Center. He directs the Autism Program at Yale, which is one of the National Institutes of Health's Autism Centers of Excellence. Dr. Klin’s primary research activities focus on the social mind and the social brain, and on various aspects of autism from infancy through adulthood. He is the editor or coeditor of several books and special issues of professional journals. Fred R. Volkmar, MD, is the Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology and Director of the Yale Child Study Center. He is also the Chief of Child Psychiatry at Yale–New Haven Hospital. Dr. Volkmar was the primary author of the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-IV autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders section. He is the author, coauthor, or coeditor of several hundred scientific papers and chapters and a number of books, and is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Table of Contents

Foreword, Michael D. Powers1. Autism Spectrum Disorders in Infants and Toddlers: An Introduction, Fred R. Volkmar, Katarzyna Chawarska, and Ami Klin 2. Diagnostic Assessment, Somer L. Bishop, Rhiannon Luyster, Jennifer Richler, and Catherine Lord 3. Assessment of Cognitive and Adaptive Skills, Katarzyna Chawarska and Karen Bearss4. Communication Development and Assessment, Rhea Paul 5. Understanding, Assessing, and Treating Sensory–Motor Issues, Grace T. Baranek, Linn Wakeford, and Fabian J. David 6. Case Studies of Infants First Evaluated in the Second Year of Life, Ami Klin, Celine Saulnier, Katarzyna Chawarska, and Fred R. Volkmar 7. Developmental Approaches to Treatment, Amy M. Wetherby and Juliann Woods8. Naturalistic Behavioral Approaches to Treatment, Lynn Kern Koegel, Robert L. Koegel, Rosy M. Fredeen, and Grace W. Gengoux 9. Controversial Treatments, Tristram Smith and Jennifer Wick10. Medical Issues, Fred R. Volkmar, Alexander Westphal, Abha R. Gupta, and Lisa Wiesner11. Supporting Families, Karyn Bailey 12. Opportunities for Research: Concepts and Future Directions, Ami Klin, Katarzyna Chawarska, and Fred R. Volkmar


Clinical and developmental psychologists, child psychiatrists, special educators and early intervention specialists, speech–language pathologists, social workers, pediatricians, and other child health and education professionals. May serve as a text in graduate-level courses on autism, developmental disabilities, and early intervention.

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