Autism Spectrum Disorders: Early Signs, Intervention Options and Family Impact


Arlene Valdez (Editor)

Series: Neuroscience Research Progress
BISAC: MED057000

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impairments in communication and social skills, and marked by restricted and repetitive behaviors. In recent years, there has been an increasing growth in the prevalence of ASD with 1 in 68 children in the USA diagnosed with the disorder. The authors examine the practices for identifying early markers for ASD and in turn diagnosing the disorder. Furthermore, the interactions between genes and environments are now regarded as the most probable explanation for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). This book includes research on the principal role infantile zinc- and mangesium-deficiency and/or toxic metal burdens play as environmental factors in the pathogenesis of autism spectrum disorders.

Other chapters include research on the Family-Centered Transition Planning (FTCP) approach for ASD and the results that have been achieved by students and families; the experiences of adults with autism spectrum disorders with a focus on their social relationships; cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) in adults with high functioning ASD and ways to enhance school-based interventions for children with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders (HFASD). (Imprint: Nova Biomedical)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Advances in Research on the Early Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorder
(Jennifer Holloway, Olive Healy, Edith Walsh and Michelle O’Brien, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland, and other)

Early Assessment and Intervention of Mineral Imbalances for Autistic Children
(Hiroshi Yasuda, La Belle Vie Research Laboratory, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan)

Student and Family Involvement in Transition Planning: Promising Practices and Student Outcomes
(David Hagner and Alan Kurtz, University of New Hampshire, Institute on Disability, NH, USA, and other)

Social Experiences of Male Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders
(Efrosini Kalyva and Vlastaris Tsakiris, Senior Lecturer, The International Faculty of the University of Sheffield, City College, Thessaloniki, Greece and other)

The Effect of Group Cognitive Behavior Therapy on Adults with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder
(Yuko Furuhashi and Shusuke Furuhashi, Health Care Center, Shizuoka University, Japan, and other)

Achieving and Maintaining Intervention Fidelity Using a Three-Component Implementation Model in a Comprehensive School-Based Psychosocial Treatment for Children with High-Functioning ASD
(Marcus L. Thomeer, Jonathan D. Rodgers, Christopher Lopata, Andrew T. Nelson and Adam J. Booth, Institute for Autism Research, Canisius College, Buffalo, NY, USA, and other)


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