The Neurology of Autism by Mary ColemanThe Neurology of Autism by Mary Coleman

The Neurology of Autism

EditorMary Coleman

Paperback | May 7, 2009

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In Neurology of Autism, Mary Coleman, Catalina Betancur, G. Robert DeLong, Christopher Gillberg, Yoshiko Nomura, Lorenzo Pavone, Martin Ruggieri, and Michele Zappella use the tools of neurological analysis to address a number of the major questions that have arisen in the study of autism. Theanswers they present have important implications for the direction of future autism research, diagnosis, and treatment. What are the neurological signs and symptoms of autism? The latest information is presented here in an in-depth discussion of epilepsy, cranial circumference, changes in muscletone, stereotypies, and mutism found in children with autism. In addition, a template is provided for practitioners to follow when conducting neurological examinations of a child with autism. What are the best options for the treatment of autism? The current medical, educational, and alternativetherapies are thoroughly reviewed and evaluated. Is autism reversible? The question is explored for syndromic autism, where diseases may have a transient autistic phase, and reviewed in detail for nonsyndromic autism.Is autism primarily a single disease, as originally described by Leo Kanner? Research presented here suggests that autism is, instead, a syndrome involving many disease entities. Has the incidence of autism been increasing in recent years? A sophisticated, historical review of autisms prevalencerates suggests that it has never been rare. What is the relationship between autism and Asperger syndrome? The latest evidence presented here sheds light on the degree to which both syndromes share more than clinical characteristics; they also have some similar findings in imaging,neuropathological, and genetic studies. Which components of the brains neural networks need to be impaired to cause the appearance of autistic symptoms? Although there are many candidate regions, dysfunction of the cerebellum and its circuits is noted to be of great interest. Student andprofessional researchers, practitioners, and parents will find this book to be a valuable resource for both the latest information from basic-science research and its application to the diagnosis and treatment of autism.
Mary Coleman is Emeritus Clinical Professor of Pediatric Neurology, Georgetown University School of Medicine. Coleman has published over 130 medical papers and nine medical books, including five books on autism. She was educated at the University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins, and George Washington University, with training in adult neuro...
Title:The Neurology of AutismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.71 inPublished:May 7, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Mary Coleman and Catalina Betancur: Introduction2. Mary Coleman: A Neurological Framework3. G. Robert DeLong: The Cerebellum in Autism4. Michele Zappella: The Cranial Circumference in Autism5. Mary Coleman: Other Neurological Signs and Symptoms in Autism6. Christopher Gillberg: The Epidemiology of Autism7. Yoshiko Nomura: Disease Entities with a Temporary Autistic Phase8. The Question of Reversible Autistic Behavior in Autism9. Lorenzo Pavone and Martino Ruggieri: The Problem of Alternative Therapies in Autism10. Michele Zappella: An Integrated Approach to TherapyGlossaryAppendix: A Targeted Neurological Examination for Autism/Asperger (Mary Coleman and Christopher Gillberg)Citation IndexSubject Index

Editorial Reviews

"When and if the secret of autism is teased from the myriad disease states that exhibit the syndrome, it will be through efforts such as are represented in this volume. Dr. Coleman has 'picked the brains' of recognized experts from neurology and related sciences, and has assembled a wealth ofup-to-date and meticulously referenced information regarding both those diseases and the core symptoms of autism." --Peter B. Rosenberger, Massachusetts General Hospital