The Autistic Brain

Thinking Across the Spectrum

Author: Temple Grandin,Richard Panek

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547858183

Category: Science

Page: 304

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A cutting-edge account of the latest science of autism, from the best-selling author and advocate When Temple Grandin was born in 1947, autism had only just been named. Today it is more prevalent than ever, with one in 88 children diagnosed on the spectrum. And our thinking about it has undergone a transformation in her lifetime: Autism studies have moved from the realm of psychology to neurology and genetics, and there is far more hope today than ever before thanks to groundbreaking new research into causes and treatments. Now Temple Grandin reports from the forefront of autism science, bringing her singular perspective to a thrilling journey into the heart of the autism revolution. Weaving her own experience with remarkable new discoveries, Grandin introduces the neuroimaging advances and genetic research that link brain science to behavior, even sharing her own brain scan to show us which anomalies might explain common symptoms. We meet the scientists and self-advocates who are exploring innovative theories of what causes autism and how we can diagnose and best treat it. Grandin also highlights long-ignored sensory problems and the transformative effects we can have by treating autism symptom by symptom, rather than with an umbrella diagnosis. Most exciting, she argues that raising and educating kids on the spectrum isn’t just a matter of focusing on their weaknesses; in the science that reveals their long-overlooked strengths she shows us new ways to foster their unique contributions. 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.

Changing the Autistic Brain

Author: L. D. Miller

Publisher: Hillcrest Publishing Group

ISBN: 1934937746


Page: 264

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Over the course of eleven years, my son was diagnosed with dysgraphia, ADD, extreme anxiety, and Asperger's syndrome. During this period, my son endured numerous hours of therapy and took myriad medications to treat the symptoms that accompany the disorders he was diagnosed as having. After many years of scrupulously following the recommendations of the various specialists who had assessed my son, it was obvious to me that not only did he not benefit from the treatments, his symptoms were exacerbated by the medications. The confusion, frustration, and despair I suffered compelled me to learn as much as possible about how the brain functions, and what causes it to dysfunction. After years of research I learned about a medication that had not previously been prescribed for my son, which treated the symptoms he seemed to have been plagued with for his entire life. Fortunately I was able to convince the psychiatrist, who was treating my son at that time, to prescribe the medication since it has so few adverse side-effects. The medication has certainly changed my son's life, and mine as well. This book chronicles the journey I took as I navigated my way through the world of neurobiology and psychology in an attempt to help my son function as a regular child. I encountered numerous pitfalls and disappointments in my travails, but was undeterred in my pursuit of a cure for my son. In fact, the barriers to my progress only served to strengthen my resolve. Through sheer tenacity and unconditional love for my son, I was able to end the dark journey. I hope that the knowledge that I gained will help people better understand the nonplussed realm of brain function. I decided to write this book to offer hope to all of the parents who are overcome by the same frustration, despair, and fear that gripped me for the better part of fourteen years. I hope that this book will shed some light on an extremely complex subject.

The Independent Woman's Handbook for Super Safe Living on the Autistic Spectrum

Author: Robyn Steward

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 0857007653

Category: Psychology

Page: 376

View: 4658


Certain characteristics of autism, such as difficulty understanding social cues, may make women vulnerable to potentially dangerous situations. Robyn Steward has written this supportive guide to help all women on the autistic spectrum live independently, make their own choices in life, and be safe whilst doing so. This book will provide you with the knowledge to recognise potential risks to your personal safety and the skills and strategies required to avoid and overcome them. Informed by a survey of, and interviews with, women on and off the autistic spectrum, it explores common safety issues encountered by women and offers practical advice to help you stay safe and supported in your independence. Topics covered include friendships, relationships and sex, alcohol and drugs, money and employment and staying safe outside the home and online. This handbook is your guide to super safe living as an independent woman and will help you to stay safe whilst living life to the full. It may also be of interest to your family, friends and carers, giving them insight into life on the spectrum and confidence that you will enjoy your independence in an informed and safe manner.

The Autistic Brain

The Greatest Untapped Resource on Earth

Author: Robin Vlaar

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781505590159

Category: Medical

Page: 28

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Asperger's is not a condition to be 'managed' or 'tolerated', it is in fact that just a different way of thinking and there is a lot about it to celebrate and enjoy. Read this book to know more .

Understanding Autism For Dummies

Author: Stephen Shore,Linda G. Rastelli

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118053133

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 384

View: 5404


Autism affects more than 1 million children and adults in the United States, and parents may be confused by the behavior of autistic children. This book provides help-and hope-by explaining the differences between various types of autism and delivering the lowdown on behavioral, educational, medical, other interventions. Featuring inspiring autism success stories as well as a list of organizations where people who support those with autism can go for additional help, it offers practical advice on how to educate children as well as insights on helping people with autism use their strengths to maximize their potential in life. Stephen Shore, EdD (Brookline MA), serves on the board for several autism spectrum-related organizations and he has written Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome (1-931282-00-5) and edited Ask and Tell: Self Advocacy and Disclosure For People on the Autism Spectrum (1-931282-58-7). Linda G. Rastelli (Middletown, NJ) is a veteran journalist who specializes in health and business. Temple Grandin, PhD (Fort Collins, CO) is the author of the bestselling Thinking in Pictures (0-679-77289-8) and Emergence: Labeled Autistic (0-446-67182-7).

Supporting Pupils on the Autism Spectrum in Primary Schools

A Practical Guide for Teaching Assistants

Author: Carolyn Canavan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317558863

Category: Education

Page: 234

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Written to meet the needs of teaching assistants and learning support assistants, this book provides a practical toolkit for supporting students on the autistic spectrum in mainstream primary schools. The book offers a clear, jargon free explanation of autism spectrum conditions and examines the difficulties arising from these conditions and how they can impact on students’ learning. Addressing issues which arise on a daily basis, it is full of practical advice and strategies for supporting students socially and academically across all areas of the curriculum. Features include: • advice on supporting students through examinations • examples and case studies to illustrate how the strategies described work in practice • forms to help with information collection and evaluation • templates to scaffold students’ comprehension and learning in different subject areas Packed with photocopiable resources that can be adapted to suit individual students’ needs, this book is essential reading for teaching assistants that want to help their students’ on the autism spectrum to reach their full potential.

Autism, Brain, and Environment

Author: Richard Lathe

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 1843104385

Category: Psychology

Page: 288

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In this controversial new book, Lathe contends that the recent rise in cases of autism spectrum disorders--ASDs--is a result of increased exposure to environmental toxicity combined with genetic predisposition.

Teaching Music to Students with Autism

Author: Alice M. Hammel,Ryan M. Hourigan

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199316538

Category: Music

Page: 208

View: 1365


Teaching Music to Students with Autism is a comprehensive resource for everyone who works with students with autism within the music classroom. The authors focus on understanding autism, advocating for students and music programs, and creating and maintaining a team approach by working together with colleagues effectively. A significant portion of the book is focused on understanding and overcoming the communication, cognition, behavior, sensory, and socialization challenges inherent in working with students with autism. The authors suggest ways to structure classroom experiences and learning opportunities for all students. The book includes vignettes and classroom snapshots from experienced music teachers which provide additional opportunities to transfer theory to real-life application.

The World of the Autistic Child

Understanding and Treating Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Author: Bryna Siegel

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195119176

Category: Psychology

Page: 351

View: 9850


For thousands of loving and concerned parents of autistic children, the suspicion that something may be wrong comes long before the clinical diagnosis of autism, PDD (pervasive developmental disorder), or Asperger's syndrome. When rounds of testing and consultations confirm parents' worst fears, their emotional turmoil is matched by an overriding practical concern: What do we do next? The World of the Autistic Child is by far the most complete and comprehensive book ever written for the parents of autistic children, and for the teachers, child specialists, and other professionals that care for them. Written by Dr. Bryna Siegel, a developmental psychologist and director of a large university clinic for autistic children, it provides help and hope not only for the children, but for their families--the parents, grandparents, siblings, and other caregivers who must come to grips with their own grief and confusion following a diagnosis of autism or other related disorder. Dr. Siegel believes that parents' best defense is to acquire, as early as possible, the knowledge and the parenting skills they will need to work with professionals to help their child fulfill his or her potential. This book, therefore, is about understanding the diagnosis of autism, the available treatments, and how to decide what is best for a particular child with autism or PDD. Straightforward and sympathetic, Dr. Siegel guides readers through the thicket of symptoms and labels, explaining the crucial importance of intensive early education, and how to find the resources and help that are available. Behavior modification, the development of daily living skills, guidelines for selecting and designing schooling, mainstreaming, the role for traditional academics in educating higher functioning children and young people, building effective parent-teacher relationships, psychoactive medications, and dealing with the possibility of residential placement are all covered. Dr. Siegel teaches parents and professionals to use their own common sense and personal observations in evaluating the many highly publicized but unorthodox and often untested treatments for autism, including the much-touted facilitated communication (F/C), holding therapy, auditory training, "Options" therapy, allergy treatments, and special diets. Pulling together a wealth of long-needed information on the latest educational and medical advances, The World of the Autistic Child is a superb guide and resource that no one who cares about autistic or developmentally disabled young people will want to be without.