Over 80 predominantly genetic conditions have now been reported in people who have also been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Many of these have specific implications for treatment, management, and intervention, which if not identified, can result in a sub-optimal level of care, complications, or even permanent damage. Kenneth J. Aitken shows that the notion of a single condition known as 'autism' is no longer tenable, and challenges current trends in the diagnosis and management of these behaviours by drawing on what is known about brain function, genetics, epidemiology and neurology. The book covers the biology and genetics of ASD, and provides detailed summaries of the various related genetic conditions, the research linking these to ASD, treatment and management issues, animal models and, for each, information on relevant professional organizations. An A-Z of Genetic Factors in Autism is an essential resource for a wide range of clinical professionals and students interested in the autism spectrum disorders, including clinical and educational psychologists, dieticians, psychiatrists, neurologists, school staff, social workers and residential care staff.
About the Author
Kenneth J. Aitken is an independent consultant at the PathWay Trust in Edinburgh, as well as a practising clinical psychologist. Kenneth is active among many charitable organisations and research initiatives dedicated to building a better understanding of autism spectrum disorders and related conditions. He has published a number of articles and is the author of Dietary Interventions in Autism Spectrum Disorders, A-Z of Genetic Factors in Autism: A Guide for Parents and Carers, and co-author of Children with Autism: Diagnosis and Intervention to Meet Their Needs (2nd Ed.), all published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.