The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that roughly one in 90 children aged 3 to 17 received a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in 2007. ASD includes autistic disorder, Asperger syndrome, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified. Studies indicate that the prevalence of these neurodevelopmental disabilities, which cause significant problems with social interaction and communication, is increasing. Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders Sourcebook, Second Edition provides updated information about the specific types of autism spectrum disorders. It explains symptoms, assessment, and diagnosis of ASD and describes the importance of early interventions. Evidence based behavior, communication, and biomedical interventions are presented, along with educational guidelines for teachers and parents of children with ASD. Support, safety, transition, mental health, and employment information for families and individuals affected by ASD is also provided. The book concludes with a glossary of related terms and a directory of resources offer additional help and information.
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