Today at least seven million children and adolescents are afflicted with Asperger’s disorder. Examining the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of this condition, this volume provides the necessary guidance to psychiatrists and neurologists so they can correctly differentiate Asperger’s from other neurodevelopmental disorders. The book discusses brain morphology, chemistry, and function; related neuropathological findings; and screening instruments and imaging techniques. Also discussed are the genetics, epigenetics, and proteomics of Asperger's, relevant gene-environment interaction, social assimilation in the classroom, and biological treatment. Case studies enhance the text.
1. Autism: Asperger’s Syndrome- History and First Descriptions. 2. The Case of Frizt V. 3. Diagnosis of Asperger’s Disorder. 4. Asperger Syndrome - Mortality and Morbidity. 5. Prevalence of Asperger Syndrome. 6. Screening Instruments for Asperger Syndrome. 7. Neuropsychology in Asperger’s Disorder. 8. Studies of Brain Morphology, Chemistry, and Function in Asperger’s Disorder. 9. Neuropathological Findings in Asperger Syndrome. 10. The Genetics, Epigenetics, and Proteomics of Asperger's Syndrome. 11. The Gene-Environment Interaction in Asperger's Disorder. 12. Age, Sex, and Parenting. 13. Biological Treatment of Asperger's Disorder. 14. Psychosocial Interventions for Asperger’s Disorder. 15. Prognosis of Asperger's Disorder. 16. Two Case Studies. 17. Social Assimiliation in the Classroom. 18. Into My Soul: A Kaleidoscope of an Aspergian Spirit. Amen.
I think there is a clear need for this book as there is increasing recognition of the autistic spectrum as distinct from simply hard core autism, and also either a distinct rise in either the prevalence or recognition of these disorders or both, plus a recognition of the great burden on school systems, families and teachers as they attempt to cope with what are life long disabilities in the absence of any clear cut biological treatments. The book looks well organized and comprehensive.
– John O’Reardon, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Director of Treatment Resistant Depression Clinic, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA