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Autism : a very short introduction / Uta Frith.

By: Frith, Uta.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Very short introductions: 195.Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008Description: 129 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.ISBN: 9780199207565; 0199207569.Subject(s): Autism in childrenDDC classification: 618.92/89 | 616.85882
Contents:
Acknowledgements -- List of illustrations -- 1: Autism spectrum -- 2: Changing face of autism -- 3: Huge increase in cases -- 4: Autism as a neurodevelopmental disorder -- 5: Social communication: the heart of the matter -- 6: Seeing the world differently -- 7: From theory to practice -- Specialist references -- Further reading -- Index.
Summary: What is autism and Asperger syndrome? How early can autism be recognized? What causes autism? Is it a genetic disorder, or due to some unknown environmental hazard? Are we facing an autism epidemic? What are the main symptoms, and how does it relate to Asperger syndrome? Are we all a little bit autistic? Everyone has heard of autism, but the disorder itself is little understood. It has captured the public imagination through films and novels portraying individuals with baffling combinations of disability and extraordinary talent, and yet the reality is that it often places a heavy burden on sufferers and their families. This volume offers a clear statement on what is currently known about autism and Asperger syndrome. Explaining the vast array of different conditions that hide behind these two labels, and looking at symptoms from the full spectrum of autistic disorders, it explores the possible causes for the apparent rise in autism and also evaluates the links with neuroscience, psychology, brain development, genetics, and environmental causes including MMR (Measles, Mumps, & Rubella vaccine) and Thimerosal. It also explores the psychology behind social impairment and savantism, and sheds light on what it is like to live inside the mind of the sufferer.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 122-126) and index.

Acknowledgements -- List of illustrations -- 1: Autism spectrum -- 2: Changing face of autism -- 3: Huge increase in cases -- 4: Autism as a neurodevelopmental disorder -- 5: Social communication: the heart of the matter -- 6: Seeing the world differently -- 7: From theory to practice -- Specialist references -- Further reading -- Index.

What is autism and Asperger syndrome? How early can autism be recognized? What causes autism? Is it a genetic disorder, or due to some unknown environmental hazard? Are we facing an autism epidemic? What are the main symptoms, and how does it relate to Asperger syndrome? Are we all a little bit autistic? Everyone has heard of autism, but the disorder itself is little understood. It has captured the public imagination through films and novels portraying individuals with baffling combinations of disability and extraordinary talent, and yet the reality is that it often places a heavy burden on sufferers and their families. This volume offers a clear statement on what is currently known about autism and Asperger syndrome. Explaining the vast array of different conditions that hide behind these two labels, and looking at symptoms from the full spectrum of autistic disorders, it explores the possible causes for the apparent rise in autism and also evaluates the links with neuroscience, psychology, brain development, genetics, and environmental causes including MMR (Measles, Mumps, & Rubella vaccine) and Thimerosal. It also explores the psychology behind social impairment and savantism, and sheds light on what it is like to live inside the mind of the sufferer.

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Uta Frith is Professor of Cognitive Development at University College London and Deputy Director of the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL. She has published numerous books, papers, and articles on autism and dyslexia including Autism: Explaining the Enigma; Autism - Mind and Brain; Autism and Asperger Syndrome; The Learning Brain: Lessons for Education (with Sarah-Jayne Blakemore); Urville (with Gilles Trehin);and Autism in History: The Case of Hugh Blair of Borgue (with Rab Houston).

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