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Autism and Asperger's Disorder: Diagnosis to Treatment

Texas department of mental Health and mental retardation
Annual Physician's Conference, April 10, 2002
Peter Tanguay, M.D.

Recommended Reading for Parents

Asperger's Syndrome - a guide for parents and professionals, by Tony Attwood. This is a thoughtful description of the syndrome and its treatment by someone who is an expert on the subject. If there is any one book you should read to understand the nature and treatment of Asperger's Disorder, this is it. The publisher: Jessica Kingsley Books, 1-800-821-8312.

Siegel, Bryna, The World of the Autistic Child - Understanding and Treating Autistic Disorders. (ISBN 0-19507667-2) Published by Oxford University Press. Written by a psychologist who is expert on treatment issues, it offers a balanced view of treatment of persons with autism or Asperger's Disorder.

Greenspan, Stanley, The Challenging Child. Available in paperback from Addison-Wesley Publishing Company. This is a good review of the symptoms of what has been called 'difficult temperament' and 'regulatory dysfunctions' in children. It offers many useful suggestions on what parents can do to help such children.

Recommended Reading - Journal Articles

Overview of Autism and Asperger's Disorder

Tanguay, P.E. (2000), Pervasive Developmental Disorder: a ten year review, Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 39:1079-1095

Volkmar, F, and the Workgroup on Quality Issues (1999), Practice parameters for the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with autism and other pervasive developmental disorders. J Am Acad Child Adolesc. Psychiatry 38

Bailey, A, Le, CA, Gottesman, I, Bolton, P, Simonoff, E, Yuzda, E, Rutter, M (1995), Autism as a strongly genetic disorder: evidence from a British twin study. Psychological Medicine 25:63-77

Bailey, A, Phillips,W, Rutter, M (1996), Autism: toward an integration of clinical, genetic, neuropsychological, and neurobiological perspectives. J. Child Psychol.Psychiatry 37:89-126

Social Communication in the Autism Spectrum

Tanguay, Peter E., Robertson, Julia and Derrick, Ann, (1998) A dimensional classification of autism by social-communication domains, Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 37: 271-277 (Awarded the 1998 Rieger Award for the most significant paper published by a child psychiatrist in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 1997/98).

Robertson, Julia, Tanguay, Peter, L'Ecuyer, Suzanne, Sims, Allison and Waltrip, Courtney, (1999) Domains of social communication handicap in autism spectrum disorder. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 38: 738-745

Sigman and Capps (1997) Children with Autism - A Developmental Perspective Harvard University Press, Cambridge

Treatment of autism and Asperger's Disorder

Siegel, B, Hayer, C, and Tanguay, P. (in press) Selecting Treatments for the Pervasive Developmental Disorders, in Gabbard, G. (Ed.-In-Chief), Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders, 3rd Edition, American psychiatric press

Prizant, BM, Wetherby, AM (1998), Understanding the continuum of discrete-trial traditional behavioral to social-pragmatic developmental approaches in communication enhancement for young children with autism/PDD. [Review] [98 refs]. Seminars in Speech & Language 19:329-352

Attwood, T Asperger's Syndrome - a guide for parents and professionals, (1998), Jessica Kingsley Books, 324 pp.

Gray, CA, Garand, JD (1993), Social stories: improving responses of students with autism with accurate social information. J. Autism and Developmental Disorders 23:593-617


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