Autism spectrum disorders: Isn’t a “spectrum” like a rainbow?

Rodger, Sylvia and Ziviani, Jenny (2012). Autism spectrum disorders: Isn’t a “spectrum” like a rainbow?. In Shelley J. Lane and Anita C. Bundy (Ed.), Kids can be kids: A childhood occupations approach (pp. 483-506) Philadelphia, PA, United States: F. A. Davis Company.

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Author Rodger, Sylvia
Ziviani, Jenny
Title of chapter Autism spectrum disorders: Isn’t a “spectrum” like a rainbow?
Title of book Kids can be kids: A childhood occupations approach
Place of Publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher F. A. Davis Company
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Chapter in textbook
ISBN 9780803612280
Editor Shelley J. Lane
Anita C. Bundy
Chapter number 26
Start page 483
End page 506
Total pages 24
Total chapters 32
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder for which diagnosis depends on the presence of difficulty with communication and social interaction and restricted stereotyped behaviors (American Psychiatric Association, 2000). Although not part of the official diagnosis, individuals with autism frequently demonstrate difficulties with sensory processing and motor performance ( c.f., Chen, Rodgers, & McConachie, 2009; Mostofsky et al., 2006), both of which can negatively affect the performance of childhood occupations. The purpose of this chapter is to provide a broad overview of the range of issues commonly seen in children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs ); highlight the impact of ASDs on children and their families, as well as the influence of environmental and personal factors on occupational performance; and describe selected occupational therapy interventions for children with ASDs. Two vignettes are used to assist readers' understanding of the possible clinical presentations of children with ASDs. [Introduction]
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Created: Tue, 31 Jan 2012, 14:40:53 EST by Professor Sylvia Rodger on behalf of School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences