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Autism Spectrum Disorder
Characteristics, Causes and Practical Issues

Second Edition


February 2017 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
What are the historical foundations of autism and what precisely is meant by the 'autistic spectrum'? How can we explain behavioural patterns of people with autism, young or old, and what are the major theoretical bases for understanding these? What is the latest thinking regarding diagnosis, and what are the most effective strategies for assessment, education and care for people with this condition?

Following on from the popular provocative first edition, the Second Edition answers these questions with the latest research on autistic spectrum disorders, exploring theories at the psychological, neurobiological and 'first cause' levels to methods of assessment, intervention, education and support.

Already popular as an introductory text for those wanting to know more about autism as well as a source of basic information and references for those familiar with the field, this newly updated and enhanced book is invaluable for students, professionals and even families.
 
PART I: WHAT IS AUTISM?
 
Chapter 1 Historical Background
 
Chapter 2 Current Concept and Definition
 
Chapter 3 The Fuller Picture: Shared Characteristics
 
Chapter 4 The Fuller Picture: Sources of Diversity
 
Chapter 5 Facts and Figures: Epidemiology and Lifespan Development
 
PART II: WHAT CAUSES AUTISM?
 
Chapter 6 A Framework for Explaining Autism
 
Chapter 7 Root Causes
 
Chapter 8 Brain Bases
 
Chapter 9. Proximal Causes 1: Diagnostic Behaviours
 
Chapter 10. Proximal Causes 2: Additional Shared Characteristics and Major Specifiers
 
PART III: PRACTICAL ISSUES
 
Chapter 11. Assessment, Diagnosis and Screening
 
Chapter 12. Intervention
 
Chapter 13. Care

The book contains the essential elements required to provide a solid background in the field of ASD: historical background, causes of the condition, identification of the disorder, and proven ways to provide education for and care of individuals who have the condition.

One of the best features of the text is the presentation of how the definition and conceptualization of the disorder have evolved over time; the text uses side-by-side comparisons to illustrate this evolution. There are abundant case studies and vignettes that illustrate key concepts about ASD, and that provide clear examples of what is being described.

In addition, the book contains an excellent appendix with 'Assignments' for application of ideas presented in the text.

J. D. Neal, University of Central Missouri
Choice Connect - The Association of College and Research Libraries

Boucher’s Book offers a welcome update and comprehensive coverage of the historical and contemporary knowledge of ASD, presented in an engaging manner that poses many questions to the reader thereby encouraging critical interpretation of the evidence.  It is a valuable resource for those who wish to gain insight into the multidisciplinary perspectives of ASD including its origins, diagnosis, diversity and care.  

Dr Ruth Lowry
Reader in the Psychology of Active Living, University of Chichester

It relates knowledge of up-to-date research, linking these theoretical aspects to practice as well as to the impact on the lives of those with ASD [...]the book is suitable for practitioners and professionals in many spheres, as well as those in training or in different branches of academia [...] Highly recommended.

Diana Murdoch
Nasen Connect
http://www.nasen.org.uk/

This book is in depth with a historical background paving the way for further chapters. The chapters are clearly laid out allowing you to dip in and out of sections within the book and still have an understanding. The real-life accounts put autism into perspective and give people with little awareness of a practical understanding. Overall it is an in-depth informative read that would support any module reading list for students studying education and SEND.

Miss Michelle Bramley
School of Social Sciences, Nottingham Trent University
February 15, 2019

An excellent one stop source which provides detailed background and detail on ASD including practical advice in supporting students with ASD.

Mr Sam Emmett
Early Childhood Education, Glyndwr University
November 12, 2018

A detailed book of Autistic Spectrum Disorder and will be used in accordance with the Cache specification for students on level 3.

Ms Darian Rees-Lewis
Childhood Studies, Coleg Gwent
October 24, 2018

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Chapter 6: A Framework for Explaining Autism


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Jill Boucher

Jill Boucher is Professor of Developmental Psychology at City University in London.  Initially she trained and worked as a speech and language therapist. Within a few years, however, the need to better understand the brain, and those malfunctions of the brain that cause communication and language impairments, led her to retrain and pursue an academic career as a neuropsychologist. After some years teaching and researching at the University of Warwick, she moved to Sheffield University to supervise an existing vocational course for speech and language therapists. She subsequently played a critical role in developing a multi... More About Author

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