Michael Fitzgerald

Trinity College DublinIreland

First Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Ireland, specialising in Autism, Aspergers Syndrome and ADHD. He has a large number of peer reviewed publications and 25 books written, co-written or co-edited. Simon Baron-Cohen described his book ‘Autism and Creativity’ as “is the best book on autism”. He has diagnosed over 3,000 persons with Autism and Aspergers Syndrome. He has a number of foreign language publications in Japanese and Polish. He has lectured extensively throughout the world including The Royal Society in London and China, Korea, Hawaii, New York, Buenos Aires, Tbilisi, Melbourne and many European countries. Recent books include ‘Recent Advances in Autism Spectrum Disorders INTECH Volume I & II. For further information, visit www.professormichaelfitzgerald.eu

3books edited

4chapters authored

Latest work with IntechOpen by Michael Fitzgerald

This book starts with a new sub category of Autism Criminal Autistic Psychopathy and school shootings. It focuses on a number of interventions, including speech and language pathology, speech and language assessment instruments, occupational therapy, improving functional language development in autism with natural gestures, communication boards etc as well as helping people with autism using the pictorial support, training of concepts of significant others, theory of mind, social concepts and a conceptual model for empowering families of children with autism cross culturally. It also examines the issue of hyperandrogenism and evidence-based treatments of autism. In terms of assessment, it focuses on psychological and biological assessment including neurotransmitters systems, structural and functional brain imaging, coping strategies of parents, examines the intertwining of language impairment, specific language impairment and ASD, as well as implicit and spontaneous Theory of Mind reading in ASD. In terms of aetiology, it focuses on genetic factors, epigenetics, synaptic vesicles, toxicity during neurodevelopment, immune system and sex differences. It also examines the link between social cognitive anatomical and neurophysiologic biomarkers and candidate genes. This book will be relevant to all mental health professionals because autism occurs in all the different areas of psychiatry and professionals who will find it helpful will be psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, teachers and all those working with persons with Autism including parents who nowadays are interested in knowing more and more, at a detailed level about their children or adults with autism.

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