Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder: Current Research Aspects

Ditza A. Zachor (Editor)
Director, Center for Autism, Assaf HaRofeh Medical Center, Zerifin, Israel

Joav Merrick, MD, MMedSci, DMSc, (Editor)
Medical Director, Health Services, Division for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, Jerusalem, Israel
Division of Adolescent Medicine, KY Children’s Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Jerusalem, Israel
Division of Pediatrics, Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Centers, Mt Scopus Campus, Jerusalem, Israel
School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Series: Pediatrics, Child and Adolescent Health
BISAC: MED057000

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Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are common neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by a triad of impairments in reciprocal social interactions, verbal and non-verbal communication deficits with repetitive and stereotyped behaviors. The disorder may adversely impact not just the affected child, but also his/her family members. Currently there is no effective means for prevention, no biomarkers for early diagnosis and no specific treatment approach or a drug that can “cure” the disorder. Interest in ASD has exploded in the past decade following the vast increase in the prevalence of ASD to 1:100-1:150 in the most recent reports. The dramatic increase in ASD cases has been accompanied by an increase in public and professional awareness and an abundance of new research and treatment strategies. Autism is probably not a single disorder, but rather reflects many different disorders with broad behavioral phenotypes causing atypical development. (Imprint: Nova Biomedical )

Preface

Introduction: Autism spectrum disorders
(Ditza A Zachor and Joav Merrick)

Section One: Autism Spectrum Disorders

Chapter 1. Using an ecological approach to understand perception, cognition and action coupling in individuals with autism spectrum disorder
(Amy Lynch and Nancy Getchell)

Chapter 2. It takes a village: Redefining kin, extended family, and other social networks in the treatment of childhood autism
(Jennifer Hillman and Elon Gruber)

Chapter 3. Best practices in the assessment and treatment of stereotypical behavior in individuals with autism
(Kimberly N Sloman, Robert H LaRue, Mary Jane Weiss and Amy S Hansford)

Chapter 4. Attachment among individuals with autism spectrum disorders
(Nurit Yirmiya, Michal Shaked, Nina Koren-Karie and David Oppenheim)

Chapter 5. Compass:Finding direction for individuals with autism spectrum disorders
(Lisa Ruble and Grace Mathai)

Chapter 6. Psychopharmacological treatment of ADHD symptoms in children with autism spectrum disorder
(Benjamin L Handen, Johanna Taylor and Rameshari Tumuluru)

Chapter 7. (Enhancing multidisciplinary community supports for minority preschool children with autistic spectrum disorders: Promoting family centered and evidence based practices)
(Valeria Nanclares-Nogués, Elaine Lin, Carol Rolland, J Michael Cupoli and Michael E Msall)

Chapter 8. Parent-professional-teacher reporting of symptomatology and level of functioning in autism: Complementary perspectives
(Cory Shulman, Sigal Tidhar-Paz and Charles Greenbaum)

Chapter 9. Joint construction of stories by high functioning children with autism: Using a technological setting
(Judy Kupersmitt, Rachel Yifat, Eynat Gal, Nirit Bauminger, Oliviero Stock, Massimo Zancanaro, Fabio Pianesi and Patrice L (Tamar) Weiss)

Chapter 10. Diagnostic outcomes in school age siblings of children with autism
(Ifat Gamliel Seidman, Nurit Yirmiya, Raaya Alon, Noa Ben Yitzhak, Catherine Lord and Marian Sigman)

Chapter 11. Safety and efficacy of Donepezil in children and adolescents with autism: Behavioral measures
(Benjamin L Handen, Cynthia R. Johnson, Sarah McAuliffe-Bellin and Antonio Hardan)

Chapter 12. Abnormal white matter in language-related brain tracts in non-verbal children with autism
(Yonata Levy, Dafna Ben Bashat, Liat Ben Sira, Talma Hendler, Esther Ben Itzchak, Vered Kronfeld-Duenias and Ditza A Zachor)

Chapter 13. Intact cognitive flexibility in parents of autistic children
(Esther Vierck, Abraham Reichenberg, Philip D Harvey and Jeremy M Silverman)

Section Two: Acknowledgments

Chapter 14. About the editors

Chapter 15. About the Autism Center, Assaf HaRofeh Medical Center, Zerifin, Israel

Chapter 16. About the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Israel

Chapter 17. About the Pediatrics, child and adolescent health book series

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