In 2007 the United Nations designated April 2 as annual World Autism Awareness Day. This year’s event kicks off National Autism Awareness Month in the United States. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) commands a great deal of public attention, is the source of considerable controversy, and is the subject of copious scientific research. The American Psychological Association and its individual members have long been involved in researching, explaining, and treating ASD, and APA Books has played an important role in that endeavor. Here is just a partial sampling of our relevant titles.
In 2013 we released V. Mark Durand’s Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Clinical Guide for General Practitioners. Durand, a professor of psychology at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, provides background on ASD and outlines decision points that help clarify when a clinician has the requisite skills to help and when a referral is needed to someone with more specialized training. He then examines the types of specialized assistance available.
In 2014 APA Books released Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children and Adolescents: Evidence-Based Assessment and Intervention in Schools, edited by Lee Wilkinson. Part of our “Applying Psychology in the Schools” Series, this timely book presents up-to-date research and evidence-based tools for accurate assessment and intervention. It also features a primer on ASD-related litigation issues and discusses relationships between special education law, provision of services, and placement decisions. The New England Psychologist said: “Wilkinson has fashioned a very good book for ASD school practitioners, with commendable interdisciplinary appeal and a much needed dose of empiricism.”
In 2011 Magination Press, our publishing line for young people, produced Russell’s World: A Story for Kids About Autism. It tells how a real-life boy and his family experience ASD and how they handle the challenges it presents. It presents concrete information about ASD and provides parents with guidance on supporting children with autism and their siblings, getting services, and taking time for self-care.
“Supportive without sugarcoating, this realistic account of a disorder that affects so many contains at its core a raw emotional heart.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Extensive back matter offers suggestions for parents with autistic children and provides an update on Russell (now an adult) and his family. An accessible introduction to the outward behaviors often associated with autism.”—Publishers Weekly