Autism Research and Treatment

Special Issue on Identification and Intervention of Complex Behavior Problems in Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Call for Papers
Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are associated with significant symptoms and behavior problems involving communication, social interaction, and restricted interests and or repetitive behaviors. Moreover, individuals with ASD often present with either comorbid or co-occurring conditions involving hyperactivity, sleep disturbance, Tourette’s syndrome, aggression, self-injurious behaviors, eating disorders, anxiety, and depression. Children diagnosed with schizophrenia are frequently described as having met criteria for an ASD, particularly pervasive developmental disorder, NOS prior to the onset of the psychotic symptoms. There is a need to inform clinicians treating individuals with ASD who exhibit significant comorbid or co-occurring symptoms and behaviors those strategies that have evidence to support efficacy and effectiveness. We invite investigators to contribute original research articles as well as review articles that will stimulate ongoing efforts to understand the presentation of individuals with ASD with complex symptoms, strategies for effective intervention, and evidence of improved outcomes. We are particularly interested in articles describing the new modalities for the clinical characterization of ASD with comorbid or co-occurring conditions, particularly with respect to evaluative techniques and measures. Papers describing advances in understanding the application of effective treatment modalities will also be given priority for review. Papers should include qualitative detailed case histories of representative participants in order to more fully characterize the symptoms and behaviors being targeted for assessment or treatment. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
• Recent developments in identification and treatment • Recent developments in identification of Tourette’s

syndrome and treatment in persons with ASD
• Recent developments and descriptions as well as treat-

ment interventions of aggression and self-injurious behaviors Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at according to the following timetable: Manuscript Due First Round of Reviews Publication Date Lead Guest Editor Alan J. Lincoln, Department of Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology of Alliant International University, San Diego, CA 92131, USA; Guest Editors Ellen Hanson, Division of Developmental Medicine, Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, USA; Jeanne Townsend, Research on Aging and Development Laboratory, Department of Neurosciences, University of California, San Diego, CA 92093, USA; Friday, 9 December 2011 Friday, 9 March 2012 Friday, 8 June 2012

of anxiety including extreme phobia in persons with ASD • Recent developments in identification of depression and treatment in persons with ASD • Recent developments in identification of bipolar illness and treatment in persons with ASD

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