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The Autistic Brain

Thinking Across the Spectrum

Grandin, Temple

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Autistic Brain
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"The right brain has created the right book for right now."-- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Temple Grandin may be the most famous person with autism, a condition that affects 1 in 88 children. Since her birth in 1947, our understanding of it has undergone a great transformation, leading to more hope than ever before that we may finally learn the causes of and treatments for autism. Weaving her own experience with remarkable new discoveries, Grandin introduces the advances in neuroimaging and genetic research that link brain science to behavior, even sharing her own brain scan to show which anomalies might explain common symptoms. Most excitingly, she argues that raising and educating kids on the autism spectrum must focus on their long-overlooked strengths to foster their unique contributions. The Autistic Brain brings Grandin's singular perspective into the heart of the autism revolution. "[Grandin's] most insightful work to date . . . The Autistic Brain is something anyone could benefit from reading, and I recommend it to anyone with a personal or professional connection to autism or neurological difference."--John Elder Robison, author of Look Me in the Eye " The Autistic Brain can both enlighten readers with little exposure to autism and offer hope and compassion to those who live with the condition."-- Scientific American
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2013
ISBN: 9780547636450
0547636458
Branch Call Number: 616.85882 GRANDIN
Characteristics: viii, 240 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Panek, Richard

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Oct 09, 2014
  • CATLIN rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Fascinating woman. She has written some amazing books. Parents of autistic kids should be aware of her writings. But her works are just incredible.

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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