Children with Autism and Asperger Syndrome: A Guide for by Patricia Howlin

By Patricia Howlin

This sensible consultant to the therapy of kids with autism and Asperger syndrome commences with a entire overview of analysis into the character, motives and therapy of those advanced stipulations. a variety of cures are explored and evaluated and recommendation is given to oldsters in regards to the matters to contemplate while looking remedy for his or her young children. functional methods of coming near near numerous difficulties on the subject of autism and Asperger syndrome are mentioned, significantly these linked to* language impairments* social deficits* ritualistic and stereotyped behavioursOutcomes of many of the remedies are defined and a few informative case experiences are integrated. The e-book concludes via tackling the the most important want for applicable academic provision and early support for households. young children with Autism and Asperger Syndrome is an important advisor for practitioners, lecturers and carers looking a finished, independent appraisal of those stipulations and the various treatments on hand.

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Some of the main findings of direct, practical relevance for families to emerge from research studies so far are presented below. 1. Although a family with one autistic child may have a higher than average risk of having another with this condition (probably around 6%), the most significant risk is of having a child who is not autistic, but who has difficulties related to language, socialisation or rather rigid and stereotyped patterns of behaviour. 2. The risks are probably greater in those families with a stronger genetic history.

And treatment, which was largely psychotherapeutic, focused on parents' pathology as much as on disturbance in their child. Indeed, even today in countries with a strong analytic tradition, such as France, parents may still be refused treatment for their child unless they, too, are willing to undergo personal analysis. Despite the impact of these ideas on both theory and clinical practice, they were, in fact, based on little, if any, experimental evidence, and, when empirical investigations finally began to appear, they provided no support for such views.

Despite significant advances in molecular research, the actual genetic mechanisms involved remain unclear. Existing data suggest that in most cases autism is not due to a single gene operating in a Mendelian fashion (cases in which there is an association with Fragile X or tuberous sclerosis may be the exception). , 1998). e. that different genes or different combinations of genes are responsible for differences in IQ and in behavioural patterns and severity) or whether the findings reflect the variable expression of the same genotype.

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