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The Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders (Facts on File Library of Health & Living)

Carol Turnkington

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ISBN 10: 0816060029 / ISBN 13: 9780816060023
Published by Facts on File, 2006
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Title: The Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum ...

Publisher: Facts on File

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Edition: 1.

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The Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders provides an essential reference guide to this condition. More than 300 entries address the different types of autism, treatments, social impact, possible causes, and much more. This handy reference explains a complex and daunting subject in clear language suitable for general readers and professionals alike. Appendixes include major relevant organizations, sources for further reading and research, a glossary, and a bibliography.

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Autism encompasses an array of childhood developmental disabilities including problems with communication, lack of social interaction, and unusual repetitive behaviors. Although it is still poorly understood, in recent decades specialists have noticed an increase in the number of children affected and, consequently, a growing need for pertinent information.

This encyclopedia is among the latest Facts On File titles in the Library of Health and Living series. Turkington is a journalist and medical writer, and Anan is a clinical psychologist. The first half of the volume consists of A-Zdescriptions of more than 300 relevant concepts and terms, while the second half has six appendixes in addition to a section of suggested readings, a glossary, and an index. Three appendixes--"Organizations," "State Autism Organizations," and "Autism Resources by State"--are devoted to agencies and groups that serve as information resources. The remaining appendixes offer "Helpful Web Sites" (very brief), "Collaborative Programs of Excellence in Autism" (studies on the causes of autism), and "Clinical Trials for Autistic Disorders" (studies on treatment and other aspects of autism).

Like many Facts On File titles, this one provides useful information written in an accessible style. It is not really a comprehensive resource but a place to start, and its appendixes on organizations provide much-needed leads for parents and schoolteachers searching for more information. But other sections, especially "Helpful Web Sites" and "Clinical Trials," are somewhat wanting, even as introductions. For example, a mention in the latter appendix of the National Institutes of Health's Web site (ClinicalTrials.gov) would have led readers and potential trial participants to many more current studies than the seven listed here.

The Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disordersis recommended mostly for its first half, the encyclopedia of terms. If future editions update and fill out its information resources in its second half, it will surely become an essential reference. Lilian Hoffecker
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