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Occupational Therapy: Special Topic: ASD

A library resource guide for FGCU OT students.

What is ASD?

Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), encompasses an array of neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism, Asperger syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, and Rett syndrome. The current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (also known as the DSM-V or DSM-5) has grouped all of these separate disorders into the more broad classification of ASD.

In general, people with ASD experience differing degrees of difficulty with verbal/nonverbal communication, social interactions, sensory input issues, and repetitive behaviors. Some are mildly affected, while others experience severe levels of impairment/disability.

Use this guide to find: Library books about ASD, ASD Statistics and data, Databases for ASD, Useful websites on ASD, & Current news on ASD.

A Sampling of Library Books about ASD

For ebooks on this page, just click on the title link, then look for "Read this e-book" or "Connect now" in the new window.

ASD Diagram


Image from http://bionews-tx.com/autism-spectrum-disorder/

Autism Statistics and Data

Statistical data and data sets can be found online. Some data is freely available, other data must be obtained through subscription, membership, permission, or purchase. The links provided on this page are a sample of what is available. If you are looking for specific data on Autistic Spectrum Disorder, you may need to dig harder or search other resources to find it.

Useful Websites on Autism

Good information can be found at these websites, though you may need to be patient and thorough in your examination of their websites when looking for specific issues or data on Autistic Spectrum Disorder. NOTE: some organizations offer free scholarly publications and reports. (Try looking for a section on publications or resources or materials.)

Databases for ASD

Looking for research articles and peer-reviewed sources on ASD? Try these following databases, they're your best bet:

SEARCH TIP: This database does not link back to FGCU. But it's one of the best databases for finding articles on Autism you may need. If you find an article you like, copy and paste the title into FGCU Library Catalog to see if we own it. If we don't, you can always use ILLiad (InterLibrary Loan) to obtain it.

SEARCH TIP: This database does not link back to FGCU. But it's one of the best databases for finding articles on Autsim you may need. If you find an article you like, copy and paste the title into FGCU Library Catalog to see if we own it. If we don't, you can always use ILLiad (InterLibrary Loan) to obtain it.