Autism Spectrum Disorder: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Types of Treatment



: Psychology Research Progress
BISAC: PSY022020

While this book is not intended to serve as a how-to manual for providing assessment and intervention for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), it should serve as an informational source and guide of evidence-based practice. The first six chapters of this text discuss assessment, including common characteristics and presentations of an ASD diagnosis (Chapter 1), common co-occurring conditions (Chapter 2), factors associated with ASD (Chapter 3), evidence-based assessment in clinical settings (Chapter 4), and best practices for assessment in school settings (Chapter 5).

The second part of this book focuses on various forms of intervention, including behavioral intervention with an emphasis on applied behavioral analysis (Chapter 6), an overview of treatments for core symptoms of ASD (Chapter 7), the use of cognitive behavioral therapy for autistic individuals (Chapter 8), treatment for severe maladaptive behaviors including feeding difficulties and aggression (Chapter 9), school-based modifications and interventions (Chapter 10), and pharmacological interventions (Chapter 11). Since ASD is a diagnosis usually given in childhood and early intervention is important, the majority of the content in this book is focused on and comes from research from children. However, several chapters allude to research based on autistic adults, and Chapter 12 focuses on important considerations when providing intervention to adolescents and young adults.

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Table of Contents

(Kelly N. Banneyer and Rachel H. Fein)

Chapter 1. Autism Spectrum Disorder: Overview of Diagnostic Criteria, Prevalence, and Common Symptom Presentations
(Lauren E. Miller, Anna Laakman, and Leandra N. Berry – Department of Neurology, Division of Neuropsychology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, US, et al.)

Chapter 2. Autism Spectrum Disorder: Differential Diagnoses, Common Co-occurring Conditions, and Assessment Considerations
(Shalonda J. Brooks, Sharnita D. Harris, Ellen Geib, and Megan Norris – The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA, et al.)

Chapter 3. Causes of and Risk Factors for Autism Spectrum Disorder
(Christie M. Brewton, Robin P. Goin-Kochel, and Chaya N. Murali – Rise Psychological Services, PLLC, Houston, TX, US, et al.)

Chapter 4. Best Practices for Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder in a Clinical Setting
(Sadiqa Cash, Nonyé A.O. Nwosu-Kanu, and Amy K. Izuno-Garcia – Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics and Autism, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX, USA, et al.)

Chapter 5. School-Based Autism Evaluations: Background, Essential Components, and Social Justice Opportunities
(Kerri P. Nowell, Kimberly J. Selders, Mallory A. Stevens, Anna L. Laakman, Samantha X. L. Tan, and Sarah S. Mire – Department of Health Psychology, Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, USA, et al.)

Chapter 6. Intensive Behavioral Intervention: Applied Behavioral Analysis
(Elizabeth Klinepeter – Department of Pediatrics, Division of Psychology, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX, USA, et al.

Chapter 7. Treatment for Core Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder
(Madeline Racine, Marika Coffman, and Whitney Gealy – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, US, et al.)

Chapter 8. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder
(Whitney Gealy and Madeline Racine – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA, et al.)

Chapter 9. Intervention for Maladaptive Behaviors: Severe Problem Behaviors and Feeding Problems
(Hailey M. Spinks, Summer Bottini, Margaret B. Powell, Elissa M. Spinks, and Colin S. Muething – Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Foundations, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS, USA, et al.)

Chapter 10. School-Based Interventions and Strategies to Support Learners on the Autism Spectrum
(Sarah S. Mire, Anna L. Laakman, Samantha X. L. Tan, Kimberly Selders, Mallory Stevens, and Kerri P. Nowell – Department of Psychological, Health, and Learning Sciences, University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA, et al.)

Chapter 11. Psychopharmacological Interventions for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Integrating Best Practice Guidelines and Balancing Risks and Benefits
(Allison C. Meinert, Mycah L. Ayala, Emily R. Jellinek, and Sarah S. Mire – Department of Psychological, Health, and Learning Sciences, University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA)

Chapter 12. Treatment of Adolescents and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Preparing for the Transition to Adulthood
(Cara Inglis, Natalie Raff, and Jessie Richard – Nationwide Children’s Hospital Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Columbus, OH, USA, et al.)


Editor’s ORCID iD

Kelly Nicole Banneyer
Rachel Fein