Special Issue "Screening, Diagnosis and Early Intervention in Toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorders"

A special issue of Children (ISSN 2227-9067).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Francisco Alcantud-Marín
Guest Editor
Faculty of Psychology, University of Valencia, Blasco Ibañez Avenue 21, 46010 Valencia, Spain
Interests: neurodevelopmental disorders; autism spectrum disorders ASD detection; ASD diagnosis; ASD early intervention; etiology of nerodevelopmental disorders; epidemiology of neurodevelopmental disorders
Prof. Yurena Alonso-Esteban
Guest Editor
Educactional Psychology, Valencia International University, Pintor Sorolla, 21, 46001 Valencia (Spain)
Interests: developmental delay; autism spectrum disorders; early intervention; training of parents and caregivers; screening tools

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

According to the latest data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the prevalence of ASD in the USA is 1/68. At the international level, both the WHO and the UN have described the increase in the prevalence of ASD as a public health problem.

Today, the causes of ASD are still unknown. Although much work is being done to determine some biological markers or consistent neurological imaging patterns, today the disorder is still diagnosed or detected using psychometric tools based on behavioral observation.

The importance of early detection (before three years of age) is due to the possibility of initiating an early intervention, which can result in an attenuation of the severity of the symptoms of ASD, and as a consequence ensure better school and social integration, decreasing the family and social cost of the disorder.

If neuropsychological development is determined by interaction with the environment, and ASDs are characterized by deficits in communication and social interaction, among other symptoms, communication patterns and social interaction with parents are affected by stress and can consequently cause negative effects in terms of the neuropsychological development of the child, producing a cascade effect. An early intervention with the appropriate scaffolding for the parents and the child would allow an attenuation of these cascade effects, allowing the development of the ASD child to more closely resemble typical development, since it benefits from the greater cerebral plasticity of very young children.

The necessary work to evaluate new tools or methods of detection and early intervention must necessarily be developed in interdisciplinary teams (involving pediatricians, psychologists, engineers, educators and many other professionals). The development of new knowledge around ASD requires a large amount of resources, so international collaboration is more necessary than ever.

Fortunately, considerable advances have been made in recent years in screening, diagnosis and ASD intervention around the globe. This Special Issue, “Screening, Diagnosis and Intervention in ASD”, is dedicated to describing the existing gaps and highlighting the achievements made in research, clinical care to toddlers and your fathers, professional training of clinical and teacher, etc... Both reviews and original research will be considered for publication.

We are looking forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Francisco Alcantud Marín
Prof. Yurena Alonso-Esteban
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • neuropsychology of ASD
  • screening ASD
  • diagnosis criteria
  • early intervention method (ABA method, Denver, DIR Floor-time)
  • parent training

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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