An A-Z of Genetic Factors in Autism: A Handbook for Parents and Carers

Kenneth J. Aitken

Format: Paperback/softback, 496 pages, 9.76in x 7.24in / 248mm x 184mm
ISBN: 9781843106791
Price: $29.95

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The concept of a single condition known as 'autism' is quickly becoming outdated, and is now understood to be an umbrella term for a variety of predominantly genetic conditions. This can be confusing for parents of children who have been diagnosed as having an 'autism spectrum disorder'.

An A-Z of Genetic Factors in Autism provides parents with a complete overview of the main genetic disorders associated with autism, including those linked to growth differences, cardiovascular issues, neurodevelopmental problems, immune dysfunction, gastrointestinal disturbances and epilepsy. Kenneth Aitken demystifies the umbrella term 'autism' by alphabetically listing these conditions along with information about how common they are, their causes, signs, and symptoms, and for many, appropriate methods of treatment and management. Information on support groups and sources of further information are also included to help parents obtain any additional support they need, and keep up to date with new developments in research and practice.

This is a must-have book for any parent or carer who feels confused by their child's diagnosis, or who seeks a better understanding of the many genetic conditions linked to autism.


'Aitken's work is indeed a leading work in this subject... for university and specialist medical libraries for academics, researchers and students, as well as parents wanting to know more.'
—Reference Review

'This book is positively encyclopaedic and is essential reading for creative arts and play therapists who have an interest in autism. It is also a very helpful text to recommend to parents and teachers who may be seeking to better understand and support a child with an ASD. I found it totally fascinating.'
—Play for Life

'Any parent confused by their child's diagnosis will find this a thorough coverage of the many genetic conditions associated with autism.'
—California Bookwatch

'An A-Z of Genetic Factors in Autism by Kenneth J. Aitken is a book that somewhat uniquely focuses on the differences in ASDs. This is a fresh and logical approach which is far more likely to lead to useful information. By understanding each individual and providing what they need, rather than the one size fits all approach, relevant help can be targeted in the right direction... I would recommend this book to an educated reader with a science background wishing to learn more about the aetiology of ASDs. It is thoroughly researched and Aitken has somehow organised a huge body of research into clear, logical and relevant sections. It requires a huge amount of attention and persistence but will reward the reader for their time and effort. I am not aware of anything on the market that is quite so informative and accessible, extensively covering most of the research and theories in the field... I hope this book becomes required reading.'

'The entire volume is laid out with an excellent mix of scientific meticulousness and user-friendly introductions, appendices, and glossaries. Aitken has provided something of a template for modern medical books. This book is recommended for anybody who may have to deal with ASDs in their life, such as teachers, parents, or even those diagnosed themselves. It doesn't gloss over any of the complexity, instead helping the reader to work through the complexities themselves, and in this way it is tremendously empowering.'
—ForeWord Reviews

'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. Included is an encyclopedic presentation of 89 conditions with a genetic link or similarity to ASD. In each case, the specific genetic loci, the main clinical features of the disorder and its incidence, and recommended management and treatment are given. Research professionals will appreciate the organization of this material into a useful compendium, and clinical professionals will be made aware of why one size does not fit all when it comes to treatment. Ideally, this book will help lead the way to more accurate diagnosis and treatment of those with ASD; however, it also points out the current lag between what is known and what is used in the clinical setting.'
—K.M. Dillon, emerita, Western New England College

'A-Z of Genetic Factors in Autism provides patients and caregivers with a complete overview of the main genetic conditions associated with autism, including those linked to different diseases and system dysfunctions. It alphabetically lists these conditions here, along with details on causes, signs, and different methods of management, and provides information on support groups for parents who need additional support. Any parent confused by their child's diagnosis will find this a thorough coverage of the many genetic conditions associated with autism.'
—The Midwest Book Review

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