Update in Development: Section B—Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • R.G. Smith
  • D. Samdup


The purpose of this update is to provide a review of current literature pertaining to Autism Spectrum Disorders and some of the more useful and practical innovations in the field, based on recent publications as well as some consensus. We have also taken the liberty of inserting some practical key points in the update. These are intended to facilitate acquisition of salient historical points, as well as demystifying the presentation of the diagnosis to parents and caregivers.

We will begin by giving a general overview of issues around prevalence and some discussion around etiology, assessment and treatment, and then select a few important and possibly controversial topics to discuss. Throughout the chapter, we will attempt to make things easy to understand, practical and as much as possible, evidence-based.


Autism spectrum disorder Microarray Epigenetic Gender dysphoria/gender identification disorder Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder Anxiety Developmental coordination disorder Dysbiosis Irritability/aggression Intellectual disability Applied behavioral analysis 


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  1. 1.KidsInclusive Centre for Child and Youth DevelopmentHotel Dieu HospitalKingstonCanada

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