The Autism Spectrum Handbook & Resource Guide combines valuable, easy-to-understand educational information for consumers, patients, and their families, with official reports and releases about monitoring childhood growth and important milestones, community statistics, living with an ASD, and treatments and further resources for co-occurring conditions.
This new volume is arranged in the following sections:
This detailed introduction to the book and to ASD specifically, written by researcher Marianne M. Madsen, provides critical information such as risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and a breakdown of other conditions associated with ASD by genetic factors, mood/emotional issues, physical issues, and cognitive/behavioral issues.
Section One: Studies & Statistics
This robust, colorful section of 300 pages includes detailed reports, fact sheets, maps, checklists, and growth charts from a number of sources, including the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health. It begins with an annotated table of contents, followed by two detailed reports on ASD, including state-by-state snapshots. From there, articles take readers through tracking important childhood milestones, studies conducted into the link between vaccines and autism, the social difficulties faced by children with an ASD, and coping strategies utilized by adults with autism.
Following this are helpful backgrounders, facts, and treatment plans about the specific conditions related to ASD that are covered in Section Three, including anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, depression, Down syndrome (DS), eating disorders, epilepsy, fragile x syndrome (FXS), gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), schizophrenia, sleep disorders, Tourette syndrome (TS), and tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC).
Section Two: Resources for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
This section details a variety of resources for patients, families, and caregivers, including major autism-related associations, agencies, foundations, research centers, and other resources.
Section Three: Related Conditions
This section includes 15 conditions that are considered to commonly co-occur with ASD. Overviews written by Marianne M. Madsen detail the conditions themselves, how they relate to ASD, and both common and cutting-edge treatment options. Patient, family and caregiver resources follow, including Agencies & Associations, Foundations, Libraries & Resource Centers, Research Centers, Support Groups & Hotlines, Print Resources, Digital Resources and Web Sites.