Autism and its medical management : a guide for parents and professionals / Michael G. Chez.
London ; Philadelphia : Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2008.
222 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 181-201) and index.
What is normal development? Does my child have autism? -- Understanding the diagnosis of autism -- Defining the clinical aspects of autism spectrum disorders -- What type of autistic spectrum disorder does my child have? -- Current recommendations for medical evaluation -- The role of medical laboratory diagnostic testing -- Neuroanatomy and neuroimaging -- Electroencephalography : the relationship of epilepsy or epileptic activity -- Genetics -- Why are autism spectrum disorders increasing? -- Vaccinations, mercury, and autism -- Immunology and autoimmunity : is there a causative relationship with autistic spectrum disorders? -- Theories on a prenatal cause -- Common alternative medicine theories -- Overview of treatment -- Choosing a physician -- Non-medically sanctioned alternative approaches -- Overview of medicines : no cure, but symptomatic treatments can help -- Medicines prescribed for behavioral problems -- Treating EEG abnormalities and epilepsy -- Immunological medical therapy -- Gastrointestinal issues -- Medications for core symptoms of language and behavior -- A rational approach to medical treatment : case studies.