The first class lecture provides an overview of diagnostic concepts and an introduction to autism and related disorders. Prof. Fred Volkmar addresses the question of "What is Autism?" and outlines the Autism Seminar course as a whole.
Featured reading from Lecture 1 comes from:
Chapter 1, What is Autism? from "A Practical Guide to Autism"
Volkmar, Fred; Wiesner, Lisa. "A Practical Guide to Autism". John Wiley & Sons, Inc. New Jersey, 2009. Pp 1- 24.
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