Michael Fitzgerald

Trinity College

Professor Michael Fitzgerald was the first Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Ireland, specialising in Autism Spectrum Disorders. He trained at the Chicago Medical School, the Maudsley Hospital, London, Kings College Hospital London and the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, London. He has a Doctorate in Autism. He has a large number of peer-reviewed publications and thirty books written, co-written or co-edited, including Japanese and Polish translations of some books. Professor Simon Baron-Cohen of the University of Cambridge described one of his books on Autism as “the best book I have read on Autism”. He also described him as an “exceptional scholar”. He has diagnosed just under 4,000 persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder since 1973. He has lectured extensively throughout the world including The Royal Society/British Academy, The British Library in London and also in New York, Buenos Aires, Tbilisi, Melbourne and many European countries as well as China, Malaysia and Hawaii.

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This book opens with a discussion of neurodiversity and an elaboration of the diagnosis of autism. It then examines factors correlating with autism, including sex bias, month of birth, migration and impact of infant feeding. The next section is on the impact of autism. The neurobiology and genetic section deals with epigenetics and intracellular pathways associated with etiology. The development and behaviour section deals with proprioceptive profiles and joint attention in autism. The final section focuses on interventions including mindfulness, animal assisted activity, social/cultural perspective on autism intervention and physical activity. The book is relevant to all professionals and researchers working with persons with autism, including psychiatrists/psychologists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, teachers, nurses and care workers.

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