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The Autistic Brain

Thinking Across the Spectrum
Grandin, Temple (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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"A cutting-edge account of the latest science of autism, from the best-selling author and advocate Temple Grandin is a star, a Time Magazine top 100 Hero and an inspiration to millions worldwide. Since she started writing and speaking about autism, the number of people diagnosed with it has skyrocketed--but so has the research that is transforming our understanding of the autistic brain. Now she brings her singular perspective to a thrilling journey through the autism revolution. Weaving her own experience with remarkable new discoveries, she introduces the neuroimaging advances and genetic research that link brain science to behavior, even sharing her own brain scans from numerous studies. We meet the scientists and self-advocates who are introducing innovative theories of what causes, how we diagnose, and how best to treat autism. She highlights long-ignored sensory problems and the treatments that might help them, and warns of the dangers of politics defining the diagnosis of autism spectrum. Most exciting, in the science that has begun to reveal the long-overlooked strengths conferred by autism, she finds a route to more effective mainstreaming and a way to unleash the unique advantages of autistic people. From the "aspies" in Silicon Valley to the five-year-old without language, Grandin understands the true meaning of the word spectrum. The Autistic Brain is essential reading from the most respected and beloved voices in the field"--
Authors: Grandin, Temple
Title: The autistic brain
thinking across the spectrum
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2013
Characteristics: viii, 240 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Contents: The autistic brain. The meanings of autism ; Lighting up the autistic brain ; Sequencing the autistic brain ; Hiding and seeking
Rethinking the autistic brain. Looking past the labels ; Knowing your own strengths ; Rethinking in pictures ; From the margins to the mainstream
Appendix. The AQ test
Summary: "A cutting-edge account of the latest science of autism, from the best-selling author and advocate Temple Grandin is a star, a Time Magazine top 100 Hero and an inspiration to millions worldwide. Since she started writing and speaking about autism, the number of people diagnosed with it has skyrocketed--but so has the research that is transforming our understanding of the autistic brain. Now she brings her singular perspective to a thrilling journey through the autism revolution. Weaving her own experience with remarkable new discoveries, she introduces the neuroimaging advances and genetic research that link brain science to behavior, even sharing her own brain scans from numerous studies. We meet the scientists and self-advocates who are introducing innovative theories of what causes, how we diagnose, and how best to treat autism. She highlights long-ignored sensory problems and the treatments that might help them, and warns of the dangers of politics defining the diagnosis of autism spectrum. Most exciting, in the science that has begun to reveal the long-overlooked strengths conferred by autism, she finds a route to more effective mainstreaming and a way to unleash the unique advantages of autistic people. From the "aspies" in Silicon Valley to the five-year-old without language, Grandin understands the true meaning of the word spectrum. The Autistic Brain is essential reading from the most respected and beloved voices in the field"--
Additional Contributors: Panek, Richard
ISBN: 0547636458
9780547636450
Statement of Responsibility: Temple Grandin and Richard Panek
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-228) and index
Subject Headings: Psychology, Pathological Autism Research Autistic people Mental health Autism spectrum disorders
Topical Term: Psychology, Pathological
Autism
Autistic people
Autism spectrum disorders
LCCN: 2013000662
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Aug 21, 2014
  • rkwlovesbooks rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Chapter 5, on Looking Past Labels, and 6, Knowing Your Own Strengths, are such important reminder to label-locked individuals about the importance of celebrating differences and recognizing individual strengths.

Aug 27, 2013
  • eliseweatherby rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Everyone who has an autistic person(s) in their lives should read this book. The author is unapologetically autistic and her ideas were presented from the unique perspective of a person “on the spectrum” . So many autism books are written as if autistic people need a cure for their illness but this is a book about understanding autistic people and appreciating the gifts autistic people have. I especially enjoyed that this book was written as a book nothing more nothing less, there were no “sales pitches” trying to sell me on a special diet, miracle cutting edge treatment, apps for my tablet or other Autism books and gadgets. There were resources and web sites listed but they were informational. Reading this book has helped me better comprehend what people with autism are facing and how real their need for understanding is. The last chapter offered many “real life” examples of how to encourage people with autism. My only complaint was whoever borrowed this book before me took it upon themselves to add their own personal notes, underscores and parentheses’ on almost every page of the entire book…really who would do such a thing to our library’s property?

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