The Autistic Brain

The Autistic Brain

Thinking Across the Spectrum

Book - 2013
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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.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, c2013
ISBN: 9780547636450
Branch Call Number: 616.8588 GRA
Characteristics: viii, 240 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Panek, Richard
Alternative Title: Thinking across the spectrum

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manderbou
Jul 02, 2015

I am a nursing student who is interested in the mental health challenges of children. Reading this book gave me a lot of insight into the autistic brain and will help me with my approach with patients who have autistic spectrum disorder.

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eliseweatherby
Aug 27, 2013

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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