Autism Spectrum Disorders

From the Series USA TODAY Health Reports: Diseases and Disorders

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

Every year, one out of every 100 children in the United States—or six out of every 1,000 young people worldwide—is diagnosed with autism. Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are a neurologically based family of developmental disorders that can impact people’s communication and social skills. ASD includes both autism and Asperger syndrome.

Cutting-edge research and scientific studies are probing into the genetic foundation of ASD. Quoting researcher Stephen Scherer about a recent study, USA TODAY, the Nation’s No. 1 Newspaper, notes that, “most individuals with autism are probably genetically quite unique.”

In this book, you’ll find out what it’s like to have ASD through reading case studies of people living with the condition. You’ll also learn about the impact of the disorders on families. In addition, you’ll receive solid information about symptoms, treatment, and research and get the facts you need about how you, your friends, and your family can cope effectively with ASD.

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Science
Copyright 2011
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 128
Publication Date 2011-01-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF024020, JNF051030
Dewey 616.85'882
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6.125 x 9
Features Glossary, Index, Reviewed, Sidebars, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Author: Ana María Rodríguez

Ana María Rodríguez is a scientist who became a writer. She was an academic researcher who also taught basic and advanced biology courses to graduate and undergraduate students for many years. In 1999, Ana María stepped down from the lab bench to be a full time writer of books and magazine articles for children and adults. She has over 80 magazine articles and 14 books published so far.

Lerner eSource™ offers free digital teaching and learning resources, including Common Core State Standards (CCSS) teaching guides. These guides, created by classroom teachers, offer short lessons and writing exercises that give students specific instruction and practice using Common Core skills and strategies. Lerner eSource also provides additional resources including online activities, downloadable/printable graphic organizers, and additional educational materials that would also support Common Core instruction. Download, share, pin, print, and save as many of these free resources as you like!

USA TODAY Health Reports: Diseases and Disorders

Developed in partnership with USA TODAY, one of the most read newspapers in the world and the No. 1 newspaper in the United States, this easy-to-read medical series focuses on some of today’s most topical diseases, disorders, and… View available downloads →


The Horn Book Guide

“Each volume does a solid job in describing a particular health concern and its symptoms, explaining its impact on individuals (personal case studies are included) and society as a whole, and outlining various forms of treatment.” —The Horn Book Guide

School Library Journal

“Solid additions for libraries in need of fresh looks at these diseases and disorders.” —School Library Journal


“Colorfully illustrated with photos and other images, books in this attractive series provide information useful to student researchers and are supportive of those dealing with medical conditions.” —Booklist

Science Books & Films

“I recommend this text highly to a wide audience, including students, parents, educators, and other professionals, as well as individuals who are on the milder end of the autism spectrum.” —Science Books & Films