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February 2002

Asperger Syndrome

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2002;59(2):189-190. doi:

This ambitious volume provides a comprehensive summary of currently available research and clinical knowledge about Asperger Syndrome (AS). In a thoughtful introduction, the editors note the rapid growth of community interest in AS. Parents and teachers have formed national and regional support groups that coalesce around AS. A dramatic increase in referrals has obliged clinicians to include AS in the differential diagnosis of developmental disabilities and other childhood disorders, and educational authorities are besieged by requests for specialized services. The de facto establishment of interest in AS in the community creates an urgent need for research-based guidelines for clinical practice, as well as for sound investigation to clarify the mechanisms underlying the social and communicative problems of individuals with AS and related conditions. The contributions of 15 eminent researchers and clinicians, augmented by 4 essays by parents of affected children, are presented in 5 sections, addressing behavioral aspects, genetics and neurobiology; related diagnostic constructs; assessment; treatment and intervention during the life span; and perspectives on research and clinical practice.

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