Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Clinical Guide for General Practitioners
For individuals in the U.S. & U.S. territories
The numbers of persons identified as having an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are rising and, as a consequence, clinicians are increasingly presented with clients who themselves may fall on the autism spectrum or who have a family member affected by some form of this disorder.
However, many clinicians are not formally trained to deal with these specific and significant problems. When faced with clients who challenge one's boundaries of competence, it is important to be able to assist the individual; however, it is equally important to know when one's skills and background may be limited and when outside consultation or expertise is required.
Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Clinical Guide for Mental Health Practitioners provides background on ASD and outlines decision points that help clarify when a clinician has the requisite skills to help and when a referral is needed to someone with more specialized training.
Based on his current knowledge of evidence-based assessments and treatments, author V. Mark Durand breaks down the types of specialized assistance to which a clinician might refer someone.
Durand refers to two cases throughout the discussion of diagnostic criteria, etiology, comorbid conditions, screening and assessment, treatment, and treating the needs of family members, bringing to life these disorders and appropriate approaches to assessment and treatment.
- Autism Spectrum Disorder: Background and Cases
- Diagnostic Criteria and Epidemiology
- Comorbid Conditions
- Screening, Diagnosis, and Assessment
- Addressing the Needs of Family Members
About the Author
V. Mark Durand, PhD, is known worldwide as an authority in the area of autism spectrum disorder. He is a professor of psychology at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP), where he was the founding dean of arts and sciences and vice chancellor for academic affairs.
He was awarded the University Award for Excellence in Teaching at University at Albany, State University of New York in 1991 and in 2007 was given the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship at the USFSP.
Dr. Durand is currently a member of the Professional Advisory Board for the Autism Society of America and an APA fellow.
He is the coeditor of the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions and has written more than 100 research publications and 10 books, including abnormal psychology textbooks that are used at more than 1,000 universities world-wide.
Major themes in Dr. Durand's research include the assessment and treatment of severe behavior problems for children and adults with autism, parent training, and the development of treatments for child sleep problems. He developed one of the most popular functional behavioral assessment instruments used today, the Motivation Assessment Scale, which has been translated into 15 languages.
Recently, he developed an innovative approach to help families work with their challenging children and published a guide for parents and caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorder, Optimistic Parenting: Hope and Help for You and Your Challenging Child, which has won several national awards.
In light of an increasing frequency of diagnoses and a push for greater national awareness, Durand's Autism Spectrum Disorder is a welcome addition to a clinician's library. It summarizes the history, diagnostic criteria, etiology, assessment, and treatment implications for this complex diagnosis, and does it well for clinicians relatively new to this work.