An A-Z of Genetic Factors in Autism: A Handbook for Professionals

Kenneth J. Aitken

Format: Hardback, 496 pages, 10.24in x 7.68in / 260mm x 195mm
ISBN: 9781843109761
Price: $125.00

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Our understanding of the biological bases to the autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) is advancing rapidly. Over 80 genetic conditions have now been reported in people who have also been diagnosed with ASDs. Many of these conditions have specific implications for the presenting phenotype and for treatment, management, and intervention. If the basis to the presenting behavioural phenotype is not identified, this can result in a sub-optimal level of care, complications, or even permanent damage.

Kenneth J. Aitken shows that the notion of a single condition known as 'autism' is no longer tenable, and challenges current trends in the diagnosis and management of these behaviours as a homogenous group by drawing on recent research into brain function, genetics, epidemiology and neurology. This volume explains the biology and genetics of ASD, and provides clinicians and researchers with a comprehensive summary of each genetic factor including the research that links it to ASD, diagnosis and treatment issues, and related animal models, as well as detailing relevant professional organisations and avenues for further research.

An A-Z of Genetic Factors in Autism is an essential resource for a wide range of researchers, clinical professionals and students interested in autism spectrum disorders, including clinical and educational psychologists, dieticians, psychiatrists, and neurologists.


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'Independent scholar Aitken outlines why awareness of this research is important, not only for an understanding of causes of ASD, but also for the prescribing of relevant, safe, and effective therapies... Research professionals will appreciate the organization of this material into a useful compendium... this book will help lead the way to more accurate diagnosis and treatment of those with ASD.'
—CHOICE Magazine

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