This accessible and very readable book gives an essential introduction to the autistic spectrum - and what matters most about it.
Is there such a thing as 'autism'?
Psychologist Lorna Selfe explains that research over recent years has shown that there is no single condition that can be labelled autism. Instead there are a variety of autistic spectrum disorders. The causes of these, or the reasons for their apparently increasing prevalence in some parts of the world but not others, remain the subject of intensive research and debate. Dr Selfe strips away the many myths around autism, focusing instead on what we really know about its varieties, causes and treatments.
THE AUTISTIC SPECTRUM is the ideal introduction to autistic spectrum disorders for psychology students and health practitioners, as well as the parents, carers and friends of people with autism.