Why an encyclopedia of autism? There are several answers to this question.
They include the need to provide a comprehensive and current guide to the
diverse knowledge now available. There has been a significant upsurge in
research in autism during the past two decades. Several hundred papers
were published in 1991 compared to more than 2,000 articles during 2011.
The quantity of research (not even counting non-peer-reviewed publications)
has increased so dramatically that it is difficult, if not impossible, for
researchers and clinicians to keep up. Access to a reference work that provides
an introduction to relevant information is clearly needed.
Although several excellent handbooks and textbooks have been published
in recent years, these are, almost intrinsically, fated to become increasingly
out of date more and more quickly. Fortunately, many of the same technological
advances that have been adapted for use with individuals with autism
have uses for those of us who support them. The ability to produce both a print
reference work as well as an online version with additional content was
a major attraction for us in undertaking this project. It also can be updated
easily and will have additional content. The electronic format also provides
for an extensive cross-referencing system, which is designed to facilitate
rapid searching and information retrieval.
With contributions on a range of topics from leaders in the field, this
reference work breaks new ground as a resource. The Encyclopedia contains
several thousand entries relevant to autism and related conditions, including
new research findings; entries on development and behavior; assessment
methods and instruments; treatments and educational interventions; biographies
of leaders in the field; and information relevant to epidemiology, social
policy, and treatment planning.
Both I and the associate editors of this work hope that you will benefit from
using the encyclopedia and welcome your feedback. By the time the print
publication of this work appears, the online edition will already have had
entries added reflecting new knowledge in various areas. We hope that this
resource enhances the work of clinicians and researchers alike.
|Title of host publication||Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders|
|Editors||Fred R Volkmar|
|Place of Publication||New York|
|Pages||304 - 312|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|