What Science Tells Us About Autism Spectrum Disorder
This book was written by three highly qualified autism researcher experts. Because of the flood of ASD-related information available to practitioners and families, this book is unique because it shares evidence-based research and clinical experience. Topics include: possible causes of ASD, typical issues, exercise, sleep, GI issues, feeding problems and proven therapies. Excellent resource!
This is the book I have been waiting for--one I can recommend without reservation to parents of children newly diagnosed with autism. It is full of all the facts and practical information that families need to understand the causes of autism and get their child on the right treatment path. I wish this resource had existed when my daughter was diagnosed. If you’re going to buy one book about autism, this is the one! - Alison Singer, President, Autism Science Foundation
This highly readable and authoritative summary of the science of autism is a valuable resource for parents. The authors are leading experts who have the gift of science communication--a rare combination. The book is also a useful entry point for students and professionals new to the field. - Simon Baron-Cohen, FBA, FMedSci, Director, Autism Research Centre, Cambridge University, United Kingdom
Three of the field’s brightest scientists and most compassionate clinicians distill cutting-edge science in a clear, comprehensible way. - James C. McPartland, PhD, coauthor of A Parent's Guide to High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder, Second Edition
Level 2 CPE
Suggested Performance Indicators: 2.1.2, 2.1.3, 2.1.7, 3.1.6, 4.1.1, 4.1.2, 4.1.5, 4.2.6, 6.1.2, 6.1.9, 6.2.1, 6.2.5, 6.3.7, 8.1.3, 8.1.4, 8.2.1, 8.2.3, 8.3.7, 10.2.11
CPE Type: 720 for Printed/Paper Tests, 740 for Web-based/Online Tests
Upon successful completion of this self-study course, the users will be able to:
1. Identify three essential features that define Autism Spectrum Disorder.
2. Discuss two theories that help explain the contributing factors of autism.
3. Describe four co-morbidities, behavior issues, or emotional problems often seen at higher rates in children with ASD.
4. Assess how the brain of a child with ASD develops differently.
5. Describe two ways to improve social interaction during nutrition consultations with a patient with ASD.
6. Identify three food and eating issues often seen in children with ASD.
7. Describe four ways exercise and sleep affect children with ASD.
8. Rate three strategies to improve activity and sleep quality.
9. Discuss two gastrointestinal issues often seen in children with ASD.
10. Identify three strategies to help overcome and improve a child’s nutritional intake.
11. Assess four nutrients that may be beneficial with children with ASD and explain what they are used for.
12. Identify three factors during their mother’s pregnancy that could have had negative influences on the child with ASD.
13. Discuss which type of treatments for ASD have been proven in studies to be most effective and give two examples.
14. Identify two changes that take place in a child with ASD when he grows into adolescence.
15. Explain the two main differences when an adolescent with ASD becomes an adult.
Why we chose this book
The authors are experts in this topic and leaders in autism therapies, and education of peers and students. The book content is evidence-based and understandable to readers. This is an excellent book on this topic.
About the author
Raphael Bernier, PhD is Executive Director of the Seattle Autism Center and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at University of Washington.
Geraldine Dawson, PhD is the William Cleland Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Director of the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development at Duke University.
Joel Nigg, PhD is Director of the Division of Psychology and Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Behavioral Neuroscience at Oregon Health and Science University.