Behavioural Phenotypes in Clinical Practice

Clinicians, educators and other specialists who work with young people with intellectual disabilities are increasingly aware of the extent to which their clients’ behaviours are shaped by the respective causal syndrome.

This book is a practical response to the need for interventions and ongoing care programmes to take account of this within the context of coordinated multimodal case planning.

An international team of experts drawn from child health, special education, psychology, psychiatry and related disciplines explores general principles of case management, in addition to giving consideration to a large number of individual syndromes, resulting in a comprehensive review of the subject. All of the authors have been involved in original research on the themes explored, and in the development of coherent service responses to the challenges posed by behavioural phenotypes.

This will be essential reading for all professionals engaged in the care and management of people with intellectual disabilities.

Clinics in Developmental Medicine No. 157

Biology of the Autistic Syndromes

Autism is not a single disease but a syndrome of different diseases. In this completely reworked and updated third edition, two world authorities, Christopher Gillberg and Mary Coleman, address the difficulties this presents for clinical diagnosis with diagnostic aids and clear guidelines for medical evaluation. Epidemiology, neuropsychological studies and behavior complexes, such as self-injury, are reviewed in detail, and the authors give a detailed explanation of what is known about the molecular biology and genetics of autism. Epilepsy and electrophysiological studies are also covered, as well as biochemistry, endocrinology, immunology, brain imaging and neuropathology. The available medical therapies are reviewed, along with an update on what is known about other interventions, such as psychoeducational and behavioral modification procedures. The book concludes with an integration of current knowledge from diverse fields. This is an essential text for clinicians and will also be of interest to parents of autistic children.

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