Autism 360°

Autism 360°

1st Edition - September 27, 2019

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  • Editors: Undurti Das, Neophytos Papaneophytou, Tatyana El-Kour
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128184660
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128184677

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Autism 360 uses a hybrid and transdisciplinary methodology to identify mechanisms on how autism is prevented, diagnosed, treated and managed within personal and social constructs around the world. Adopting a lifespan approach, the book discusses lifestyle challenges and emphasizes issues relating to neurodiversity, individuality, best practices, and support of both people on the spectrum and their families. This book will help change population and individual attitudes and behaviors regarding autism. Its ultimate goal is to empower readers to become both agents of change and an integral part of the solution.

Key Features

  • Covers topics from the prevention and treatment of autism and how to live with it
  • Adopts an integrated methods approach
  • Features field experiences
  • Provides valuable syntheses of scattered material
  • Compares cross-cultural learnings
  • Discusses the education and employment of those with autism


Nurses, family members of autistic children, physicians, pediatricians, researchers, health care workers, teachers of special schools

Table of Contents

  • Section I

    1. A perinatal strategy to prevent autism
    Undurti N. Das

    2. The early development of autism spectrum disorder and its care
    Colwyn Trevarthen and Jonathan Delafield-Butt

    3. Autistic ontologies and the open genome
    Majia H. Nadesan

    4. Underestimated environmental factors contributing to autism spectrum disorders
    Jean-Baptiste Fini, Michelle Leemans, and Barbara A. Demeneix

    5. Dietary interventions to prevent autism spectrum disorder
    Tatyana El-Kour, Melissa Olive, Natalia Neophytou, and Sandra Pretorius

    Section II
    Assessment and Diagnosis

    6. Deriving resting-state fMRI biomarkers for classification of autism spectrum disorder
    Antonis D. Savva, Aikaterini S. Karampasi, and George K. Matsopoulos

    7. Current assessment and diagnostic practices in the United States: what they are missing
    Nina Newman and Ira Glovinsky

    8. A multidisciplinary and parent-useful approach to assessment and diagnosis: creating a road map for professionals, parents, and better outcomes
    for children
    Ira Glovinsky and Nina Newman

    10. Introducing best practices in treatment modalities using a lifecycle approach
    Gil Tippy

    11. Treatment in autism spectrum disorder: areas of unmet need in the United States
    Stephanny Freeman and Tanya Paparella

    12. Full circle autism care includes family relationships and dynamics
    Ruby Moye Salazar

    13. DIR Model
    Serena Wieder

    14. Sensory processing and meaning making in autism spectrum disorder
    Isabelle Mueller and Ed Tronick

    15. Early intervention for children with autistic spectrum disorders through a system of mobile services in the local community
    Ivanka Pejic

    16. A comparative study of infants and toddlers treated with The Mifne Approach intervention for Autism
    Spectrum Disorder
    Hanna A. Alonim, Ido Lieberman, Danny Tayar, Giora Scheingesicht, and Hillel D. Braude

    17. Targeting gut microbiota as a possible therapeutic intervention in autism
    Afaf El-Ansary and Ramesa Shafi Bhat

    18. Nutrition and dietary considerations during treatment of autism spectrum disorder
    Tatyana El-Kour, Melissa Olive, Natalia Neophytou, and Sandra Pretorius

    19. Exercise-based interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorder
    Natalia Neophytou

    20. Adjusting the lens on the spectrum through a developmental, individual-difference, relationshipbased model: a developmental, parent-mediated, play-based intervention
    Gilbert M. Foley

    Section IV
    Training and Education
    21. A comprehensive approach to inclusion: theoretical and clinical implications using the developmental, individual difference, relationship-based
    DIR Model
    Alisa Vig

    22. New approaches to the development of personalized rehabilitation programs for the children with disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders
    O.G. Safonicheva and M.A. Ovchinnikova

    23. Architecture for autism: built environment performance in accordance to the autism ASPECTSS design index
    Magda Mostafa

Product details

  • No. of pages: 554
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2019
  • Published: September 27, 2019
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128184660
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128184677

About the Editors

Undurti Das

Undurti N. Das is an M.D. in Internal Medicine from Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad, India; a Fellow of the National Academy of Medical Sciences, India, and Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar prize awardee. Apart from clinical work, he is researching the role of polyunsaturated fatty acids, cytokines, nitric oxide, free radicals, and anti-oxidants in cancer, inflammation, metabolic syndrome, schizophrenia, sepsis, rheumatological conditions and autisms. His current interests include the epidemiological and molecular aspects of autism, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases and metabolic syndrome. Dr. Das was formerly scientist at Efamol Research Institute, Kentville, Canada; Professor of Medicine at Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, India and Research Professor of Surgery and Nutrition at SUNY (State University of New York) Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, USA. At present, he is the Chairman and Research Director of UND Life Sciences LLC, USA, and serves as a consultant to both Indian and USA based biotech and pharmaceutical companies. Undurti Das is the Editor-in-Chief of the international journal: Lipids in Health and Disease; and serves on the editorial board of another 10 international journals. Dr Das has more than 500 international publications and has been awarded 5 USA patents.

Affiliations and Expertise

Internal Medicine from Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad, India; Chairman and Research Director, UND Life Sciences LLC, USA

Neophytos Papaneophytou

Dr. Neophytos (Neo) L. Papaneophytou earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, and holds licenses in various US States. He has completed training in multiple areas of specialization, including “sexual abuse and neglect”, “personality disorders” and “trauma”. Dr. Neo has extensive experience with both “victims” and “abusers”, as well as with conditions/diagnoses pertinent to anxiety, mood disorders, depression, schizophrenia (severe and persistent mental illness), bereavement, divorce, adjustment issues, LGBTQU issues, ADHD, PTSD, school/behavioral issues and parenting among other. When working with clients (children, adults, and couples) Dr. Papaneophytou utilizes a client-centered approach in order to facilitate optimal therapeutic results and allow the client(s) to enjoy an improved quality of life. Behavior modification, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, transference-focused psychotherapy, dynamic psychotherapy and trauma-focused CBT are some of the techniques/therapies utilized in his practice. In addition to his clinical practice and research, Dr. Papaneophytou’s career includes previous teaching of multiple psychology courses for over 20 years at institutions such as the City University of New York, The State University of New York, and many other local and international universities, both at the undergraduate and graduate level. Dr. Papaneophytou is the founder and President of two (2) non-profit organizations, aiming at expanding awareness and offering actionable help to people on the Autism Spectrum and their families. He organizes the Annual Cyprus International Conference on Autism Treatment and Research, as well as the establishment of the model Center for Excellence: The Cyprus International Center for Autism Education Treatment and Research.

Affiliations and Expertise

Mental Health Clinician, Private Practice

Tatyana El-Kour

Tatyana El-Kour is an exceptionally resourceful, dedicated, and knowledgeable Consultant, Policy Strategist, and Global Health & Nutrition specialist, directing leading-edge innovative solutions to complex nutritional issues, and identifying the needs of clients, patients, programs, and organizations. Delivers progressive thinking strategies in implementing programs, projects, and patients on behalf of the United Nations, governmental agencies, non-governmental agencies, private practices, pharmaceutical and educational organizations. Expert leader, negotiator, and businessperson; able to transform social behaviours, and evaluate diverse populations that align with regulatory requirements. She has more than 15 years of multicultural expertise in national, regional, and global efforts related to policy, application, research, and practice intersecting public health, nutrition, behavioral change, technology, and media. She collaborated in leading the entire Syria nutrition response system, that included developing nutrition care programs, and strengthening advocacy, funding, and profile-raising efforts for this crisis, while providing essential support for the refugees. Ms. El-Kour also led technical efforts for emergency and sustainable nutrition projects in the Middle East region, and Syrian environment. Ms. El-Kour is currently completing her doctoral studies in media psychology. She holds a master’s degree in media psychology from Fielding Graduate University, a master’s degree in medical nutrition therapy from Tufts University, a bachelor of science in dietetics from Kansas State University, and a bachelor degree in nutrition and food technology from University of Jordan. She is a registered dietitian nutritionist and a recognized fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has received numerous awards, including the prestigious 2015 Leah Horowitz Humanitarian Award from Tufts University, the 2011 Outstanding Young Member of the Year Award for PHCNPG and the 2009 Young Professional of the Year Award from Kansas State University.

Affiliations and Expertise

Global Health and Nutrition Consultant, Fielding Graduate University – Santa Barbara, CA, USA

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  • Afaf E. Thu May 16 2019

    Prof.Afaf El-Ansary

    Great efforts and integrated work is behind the release of this valuable book on autism