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SECTION I: CLASSIFICATION AND DIAGNOSIS. Chapter 1. Issues in the Classification of Autism and Related Conditions. Chapter 2. Epidemiological Studies of Pervasive Developmental Disorders. Chapter 3. Childhood Disintegrative Disorder. Chapter 4. Asperger's. Chapter 5. Rett Sndrome: A Pervasive Developmental Disorder. Chapter 6. Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified. Chapter 7. Outcomes in Autism Spectrum Disorders. SECTION II: DEVELOPMENT AND BEHAVIOR. Chapter 8. Infancy and Early Childhood. Chapter 9. The School-Aged Child with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Chapter 10. Adolescents and Adults with Autism. Chapter 11. Social Development. Chapter 12.Language and Communication in Autism. Chapter 13. Attention and Perception. Chapter 14. Imitation and Play in Autism. Chapter 15. Autism and Emotion. SECTION III: NEUROBIOLOGICAL AND MEDICAL ISSUES. Chapter 16. Genetic Influences and Autism. Chapter 17. Neurochemical Studies of Autism. Chapter 18. Neurologic Aspects of Autism. Chapter 19. Neuroimaging. Chapter 20. Medical Aspects of Autism. SECTION IV: THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES.(re-order chapter sequence # 21-26). Chapter 42. Problems of Categorical Classification Systems. Chapter 43. Executive Functions. Chapter 44. Theory of Mind. Chapter 45. The Weak Central Coherence Account of Autism Chapter 46. Joint Attention and Neurodevlopmental Models of Autism. Chapter 47. Enactive Mind. _