Since its first identification, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has presented myriad challenges of diagnosis and classification. Our understanding has evolved from a cluster of diagnostic categories (Asperger’s, Autism, and Pervasive Development Disorder) to the current continuum of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Meanwhile, we have progressed from debating the validity of the diagnosis, to considering it a modern epidemic. This evolution has drawn attention across a variety of fields, including the neurosciences, education, forensics, and behavioral health. While new research accumulates, there remains a lack of conceptual and practical clarity about what ASD is, how specific diagnoses might be delineated, and what we can do to understand and manage the complexity of individuals on the Spectrum. In understanding ASD, one size does not fit all—families, schools, and clinicians all need a multi-faceted engagement with the specifics they encounter. This text opens a critical dialogue through which students, researchers, and clinicians can challenge their ideas about what it means to work with the unique presentations of individuals on the Spectrum. It provides education, clinical expertise, and personalization to the lives influenced by the ever-changing dynamics of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Table of Contents
1. The Evolution of Autism Spectrum Disorder Michael Wolff and Rochelle Manor
2. Differential Diagnosis Jennifer Maurer and Christina Warholic
3. Key Aspects of Testing in Autism Spectrum Disorder Cassandra E. Marschall, Jesse J. Piehl, and D. J. Bernat
4. Current Research in the State of Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder through Neuroanatomy: What Do We Know Michael Wolff and Paige Mission
5. Sex Differences in Autism Spectrum Disorder Mira C. Krishnan
6. Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders Erin Matlosz, Stefany Tucker, Richard Solomon, Thomas J. Overly, and Janine D. Mator
7. Autism Spectrum Disorder Transition to Adulthood Thomas Denczek
8. The Relationship Between Autism Spectrum Disorder and Criminality: A Call to Arms Amy Caffero-Tolemy
9. Multicultural Perspectives on Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Ways in which Cultural Beliefs Impact Perceptions, Diagnosis, and Treatment Interventions Diana Osipsov
10. When Do I Get to Be Good Enough? Rochelle Manor
11. Life on the Spectrum Liane Holliday-Willey
12. Living from the Occupational Perspective: Occupational Therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorder Susan Cleghorn, Lauren Vetter, and Shaunna Kelder
13. The Common Sense of Life: Knowing Is Not Doing Bradley Bridges
14. Understanding How the Special Education System Works for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder Mary S. Rozendal and Nalova Westbrook
Michael Wolff, PsyD, ABPdN, is a Clinical Psychologist and board certified neuropsychologist. He is the Co-Founder of Behavioral Resources And Institute for Neuropsychological Services (BRAINS).
Bradley Bridges, LMSW, is an outpatient counselor providing therapy to children, adolescents, and young adults at BRAINS. He specializes in challenges associates with ASD, providing services for clients, parents, and professionals.
Thomas Denczek, LMSW, has been practicing for 25 years. Mr. Denczek has experience with children and families in residential, community mental health, in-home, and outpatient care settings. He is also an advocate for those with ASD.
"The increasing prevalence of autism spectrum disorders mandates practitioners have the most current information about diagnosis, intervention, and accommodations. This comprehensive text accomplished this goal and is likely to be useful for both new and experienced clinicians, educators, and researchers." - Andrew S. Davis, Ball State University, USA
"For those seeking to acquaint themselves with a comprehensive summary of the myriad of factors involved in working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, The Complexity of Autism Spectrum Disorders is an excellent starting point. It provides a clear and easy to understand introduction for any professional desirous of starting a career working with the many presentations of this increasingly prevalent disorder." Ted Wasserman, Private Practice, Boca Raton, USA
"The Complexity of Autism Spectrum Disorders is a comprehensive handbook that outlines our current understanding of autism spectrum disorder (ASD)... This book stands out in its unique ability to synthesize the expansive literature on ASD spanning a number of specific topics and fields. This text serves as an excellent next step for clinicians and researchers hoping to understand ASD at a deeper and more diverse level making clear connections between what we know about the individuals we serve and how they perceive the services that we provide." - Shannon L. O'Connor, Journal of Pediatric Neuropsychology