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Effective prevention of Asperger's disorder awaits further genetic mapping together with ongoing research in the structures and functioning of the brain. The only s practical preventive strategy as of 2002 is better protec- "r tion of the fetus against oxygen deprivation during e childbirth. s s

Resources r e books r

American Psychiatric Association.Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. 4th edition, text revised. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association, 2000.

"Psychiatric Conditions in Childhood and Adolescence." Section 19, Chapter 274. In The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, edited by Mark H. Beers, M.D., and Robert Berkow, M.D. Whitehouse Station, NJ: Merck Research Laboratories, 1999.

Thoene, Jess G., ed. Physicians' Guide to Rare Diseases. Montvale, NJ: Dowden Publishing Company, 1995.

World Health Organization (WHO). The ICD-10

Classification of Mental and Behavioural Disorders. Geneva: WHO, 1992.

periodicals

Bishop, D. V. M. "Autism, Asperger's Syndrome & Semantic-Pragmatic Disorder: Where Are the Boundaries?" British Journal of Disorders of Communication 24 (1989): 107121.

Gillberg, C. "The Neurobiology of Infantile Autism." Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 29 (1988): 257-266.

organizations

Autism Research Institute. 4182 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116.

Families of Adults Afflicted with Asperger's Syndrome (FAAAS). P.O. Box 514, Centerville, MA 02632. <www.faaas.org>.

National Association of Rare Disorders (NORD). P.O. Box 8923, New Fairfield, CT 06812-8923. (800) 999-NORD or (203) 746-6518.

Yale-LDA Social Learning Disabilities Project. Yale Child Study Center, New Haven, CT. The Project is looking for study subjects with PDDs between the ages of 8 and 24, including AS patients. Contact person: Sanno Zack at (203) 785-3488 or [email protected]. <www.info.med.Yale.edu/chldstdy/autism>.

other

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). "Asperger's Disorder." AACAP Facts For Families Pamphlet #69. Washington, DC: American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 1999.

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