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A paediatrician's introduction to autism. Part 1

We are very pleased to present a series of posts, 'Introduction to autism', by consultant paediatrician Dr Denise Challis. Dr Challis specialises in neurodevelopment and neurodisability, and lectures regularly in the UK and abroad. She is the immediate Past President of the Association for Research in Infant and Child Development.

In this series of posts, Dr Challis draws upon over 40 years of experience to provide an introduction to the aetiology, diagnosis and treatment of autism.

These extracts are taken from the recently published book 'Changing Destinies'1.

Dr Challis begins by describing this disorder.

Description

The symptoms of autism can be painfully florid when full-blown, yet subtle and difficult to diagnose in borderline cases, although no less traumatic for a child’s parents. Autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), as autism is more commonly described clinically, is a behavioural syndrome, an imperfectly categorized disorder. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) IV criteria, which was used widely prior to 2013 and is still easily understood by many parents and professionals, there were three aspects to the diagnosis. Read more

Brain connectivity, preschool poverty and school-age depression

Geoff Ferguson - February 16th 2016 Read more

The prenatal effect of a mother's early trauma

Geoff Ferguson - November 18th 2015 Read more

Questioning four assumptions about childhood abuse

Geoff Ferguson - October 20th 2015 Read more

Autism and genetic disorders

Geoff Ferguson - October 6th 2015 Read more

Do we know what we think we know?

Geoff Ferguson - September 9th 2015 Read more

Do early social skills predict success as an adult?

Geoff Ferguson - August 4th 2015 Read more

Brain changes, depression and psychodynamic psychotherapy

Elise Daumain - July 27th 2015 Read more

Is the risk of autism associated with parental age?

Elise Daumain - July 7th 2015 Read more

Therapeutic horse riding and autism

Elise Daumain - June 25th 2015 Read more

Welcome to ourNews, where we keep up-to-date with research and other news related to infant mental health. These articles can be of interest to both parents and professionals.
We are keen to know your views and so please do comment on our articles.
Is there a topic that you would like us to write about? Just send us a message via 'Contact us'.

ourAdvice, our other blog, has brief posts with advice for parents.

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