Autism Spectrum Disorders: Clinical Considerations

Patricia Evans, Sailaja Golla, Mary Ann Morris

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

2 Scopus citations


Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is a group of neurodevelopmental disabilities, which typically first appear in childhood and are characterized by significant difficulties in social, communicative, and behavioral functioning. Although no one single cause has been found, it is suspected that many etiologies have a common final pathway within early neurologic development. Bearing a diagnosis of an ASD typically causes an individual and his family difficult financial, emotional and, at times, physical burdens over the individual's lifespan. New burdens are being experienced by state and federal agencies as communities seek ways to medically and financially support the increasing volume of adults with ASD. Consequently, research continues to better understand the complex process of ASD, to find disease-specific interventions, and better ways to enable communities to provide resources for families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRosenberg's Molecular and Genetic Basis of Neurological and Psychiatric Disease: Fifth Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9780124105294, 9780124105492
StatePublished - Nov 13 2014


  • Autism Diagnostic Interview - Revised (ADI-R)
  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition
  • Autistic spectrum disorder
  • Childhood Autism Rating Scale, Second Edition (CARS2)
  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5)
  • Gilliam Autism Rating Scale, Third Edition (GARS-3)
  • Neuroleptics
  • Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ)
  • Social Responsiveness Scale, Second Edition (SRS-2)
  • Stimulants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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