Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders
R.L. Hansen & S.J. Rogers (Eds.)
Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association, 2013.
As an educational psychologist working in Hong Kong I am often asked by parents as well as colleagues to recommend books and or websites that may be useful for children that have various developmental difficulties such as ADHD, dyslexia and autism spectrum disorders. The book that is reviewed below is one of the more concise available that deals with autism. It is from some very respected authors particularly from our research standpoint.
Sometimes it is more practical to have reference books that are small and light and easy to transport and are thus readily accessible. Autism and other Neurodevelopmental Disorders is an up-to-date concise reference book written by high profile medical members of the MIND institute, California and other colleagues spanning related fields. The book is divided into 11 chapters, clearly summarising evidenced based detail on the most common neurodevelopmental disorders.
Chapters are structured in a guise that seems logical given the medical authorship of the book. The autism chapter is, as expected, proportionally the most substantial and sits at the start of the book. As a psychologist reviewing the book, the discussion of evidence based approaches versus the more speculative approaches reassuringly appears well balanced and informed. Chapters are finished with ‘key point’ summaries, which allow for quick consolidation of information and increase appeal across the span of audience types.
Such a book would be useful when preparing training, or when referencing clinical work. The book may be quite expensive for non-clinical individuals, but more easily justified by clinicians with a specialist focus who anticipate regular reference to the book or for shared use within clinical teams.