Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Living Edition
| Editors: Fred R. Volkmar


Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6435-8_102203-1



One of the first comprehensive guidelines to care of individuals with autism and related disorder, the Practice Parameters of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry first appears in 1999 (Volkmar et al. 1999) with recommendations for ascertainment and screening, diagnosis, and clinical care. The second version (Volkmar et al. 2014) appeared 15 years later and provided updated guidance for practioners. The original version synthesized available evidence in making recommendations for care anticipating some of the findings and recommendations made by the National Research Council 2 years later (National Research Council 2001).

The initial version was intended to aide in the diagnosis and care and treatment of individuals with autism and related disorder. It provided an overview of the assessment and treatment recommendations with an emphasis on evidence-based treatment practices based on available scientific research. It also...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Child Study Center, Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics and PsychologyYale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA