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The Autism Spectrum in the 21st Century

The Autism Spectrum in the 21st Century

Exploring Psychology, Biology and Practice

Ilona Roth
With Chris Barson, Rosa Hoekstra, Greg Pasco and Terry Whatson

Paperback: £19.99 / $34.95

2010, 263 x 210mm, 360pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-087-6, BIC 2: JMC

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*Highly Commended in the Popular Medicine Category of the 2011 BMA Medical Book Awards*

The Autism Spectrum in the 21st Century is the definitive guide to the autism spectrum, introducing the reader to key concepts and developments in diagnosis, psychological and biological research, theoretical models, evidence-based intervention, educational strategies and family issues. The book charts how developments in theory, research and practice have shaped, and continue to shape, the evolving concept of autism which is at the core of this field.

The book explores:

·           Diagnostic principles and practice and their implications for prevalence
·           Psychological functioning in autism, including sensory-perceptual, cognitive and socio-cognitive processes
·           Genetics and brain function in autism, and the neurobiological basis for autism spectrum conditions
·           The range of therapeutic approaches available, including behavioural, communication-based and 'biological' interventions and their evidence base
·           Educational implications, the options for individuals and families and the issue of inclusion
·           How autism affects the family unit
·           Overarching issues and challenges for research, practice and people

The Autism Spectrum in the 21st Century is essential reading for anyone personally or professionally interested in the autism spectrum, such as individuals on the spectrum and their families, students and researchers, clinical practitioners, teachers, social workers and healthcare professionals.

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British Medical Association (BMA) Honours Three JKP Titles at 2011 Book Awards

16 September 2011

We were so thrilled that three JKP titles were honoured at the prestigious 2011 BMA Medical Book Awards, which took place on Wednesday, 14th September at BMA House in Tavistock Square, London. JKP commissioning editor Steve Jones attended the awards ceremony and was joined by JKP authors Ilona Roth, Liz Hoggarth, Hilary Comfort and Tony White, whose books each received...

An interview with Ilona Roth: Getting to grips with the Autism Spectrum in the 21st Century

15 March 2010

"...there seem to be two contrasting stereotypes about people with autism - either they are thought to be all severely disabled or all eccentric geniuses. While autism can reflect each of these extremes (or both together) it can also be many things in between. One challenge, therefore, is to ensure that the full spectrum of variation is understood. This is essential if people on the autism spectrum are to be seen as individuals with different needs."

Ilona Roth: Some thoughts on International Aspergers Day 2010

15 February 2010

"...just when the concept of Asperger has become so firmly established in both clinical practice and public understanding, the latest report from the DSM-V Neurodevelopmental Disorders Work Group signals the likelihood that Asperger syndrome, and other diagnostic ‘sub-types’ within the spectrum will be replaced by a single label, 'autism spectrum disorder' [...] to those for whom the label ‘Asperger syndrome’ is a badge of identity, the change may be unwelcome. For others, it may bring greater recognition of the difficulties experienced even at the 'high-functioning' end of the spectrum..."