The Autistic Brain

Thinking Across the Spectrum

Author: Temple Grandin,Richard Panek

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547636458

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 240

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Offers the latest research and science on autism, including new neuroimaging and genetic research that provide new theories on what causes autism spectrum disorders as well as new ways to treat and diagnose them.

The Autistic Brain

Author: Temple Grandin,Richard Panek

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473501857

Category: Science

Page: 256

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WINNER OF 'BEST NON FICTION' IN THE GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS 2013 It's estimated that one in almost a hundred people are diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum but there is far more hope for them today than ever before thanks to groundbreaking new research. In this fascinating and highly readable book, Temple Grandin offers her own experience as an autistic person alongside remarkable new discoveries about the autistic brain, as well as genetic research. She also highlights long-ignored sensory problems as well as the need to treat autism symptom by symptom, rather than with an umbrella diagnosis. Most exciting of all, she argues that raising and educating children on the autistic spectrum needs to be less about focusing on their weaknesses, and more about fostering their unique contributions.

Changing the Autistic Brain

Author: L. D. Miller

Publisher: Hillcrest Publishing Group

ISBN: 1934937746

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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.

Als ich die nackte Dame im Kopfstand fand

Ein Psychiater erzählt

Author: Gigi Vorgan,Gary Small

Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE

ISBN: 3838710428

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 400

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Der Psychiater Gary Small öffnet seine Türen und zeigt uns eine Welt, in der nichts so ist wie wir es kennen: Menschen, die hysterisch erblinden, eine Schulklasse, die in Ohnmacht fällt, Männer, deren Penis schrumpft - oder Damen, die nackt auf dem Kopf stehen. In seinen 30 Berufsjahren hat Dr. Gary Small alles gesehen. Die Geschichten, die er davon erzählt, machen süchtig. Sie nehmen uns mit auf eine inspirierende Reise zu uns selbst - und am Ende werden wir begreifen, dass uns erst unsere Verschrobenheiten zu dem machen, was wir sind: menschliche Wesen.

Durch die gläserne Tür - Lebensbericht einer Autistin

Author: Temple Grandin

Publisher: Verlag Rad und Soziales

ISBN: N.A

Category: Psychology

Page: 187

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Der große amerikanische Kinoerfolg „Rain Man“ erzählt die Geschichte des Autisten Raymond mit anrührender Unmittelbarkeit und unpathetischer Leichtigkeit. Ebenso eindringlich und geradeaus ist die Geschichte der Autistin Temple Grandin, die übrigens mithalf, „Rain Man“ - Hauptdarsteller Dustin Hoffman auf seine anspruchsvolle Rolle vorzubereiten. Aus ihrer außergewöhnlichen Perspektive schildert Temple Grandin ihren zähen Kampf gegen die bizarren Symptome des Autismus: etwa das Unvermögen, ihre Bewegungen zu kontrollieren, die Besessenheit mit einer Beschäftigung, ihre Geräuschempfindlichkeit, die Überreiztheit ihres Nervensystems überhaupt, oder ihre anfängliche totale Unfähigkeit, mittels Sprache oder auch nur Körperkontakt eine Verbindung zur Außenwelt herzustellen - obwohl sie gerade dies sehnlichst wünschte. Dass es ihr schließlich dennoch glückte, sich aus ihrem gläsernen Gefängnis zu befreien, verdankt sie ihrem eigenen Erfindungsreichtum: Sie konstruierte einen Apparat, mit dessen Hilfe sie körperliche Berührung zulassen, aber auch kontrollieren konnte. Diese „Zaubermaschine“ wie auch die liebevolle Zuwendung einiger weniger Menschen öffneten ihr den Weg durch die gläserne Tür in die reale Welt.

Autismus als Kontextblindheit

Author: Peter Vermeulen

Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

ISBN: 3647490105

Category: Psychology

Page: 333

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Untersuchungen in Europa, Kanada und den USA ergaben, dass bei sechs bis sieben von tausend Personen eine Autismus-Spektrum-Störung (ASS) diagnostiziert wird. Was bedeutet das? Mit »Autismus als Kontextblindheit« beschreibt Peter Vermeulen eine neue Sichtweise zum Autismus-Verständnis. Seine Kernaussage lautet: Menschen mit Autismus zeigen in der Wahrnehmung ihrer objektbezogenen und sozialen Umwelt Probleme bei der schnellen, vorbewussten, intuitiven Erfassung und Nutzung von Kontextinformation. Dieses im Vergleich zu anderen Menschen herabgesetzte Gespür für Kontext ist hirnorganisch begründet und erklärt die autistischen Besonderheiten in Wahrnehmung, sozialer Interaktion, Kommunikation und Denken. Peter Vermeulen knüpft (kritisch) an viele bestehende neurokognitive Erklärungsansätze an und untermauert und belegt seine Thesen mit zahlreichen wissenschaftlichen Untersuchungsergebnissen, aber auch mit Beispielen aus seiner langjährigen praktischen Erfahrung mit Menschen aus dem Autismus-Spektrum. Allgemeinverständlich und unterhaltsam geschrieben eröffnet das Buch Betreuern, Lehrern, Begleitern und Eltern von Menschen mit Autismus neue Sichtweisen. Es zeigt Strategien zur Kompensation bzw. Hinweise und Beispiele für eine autismusfreundliche Gestaltung der Umwelt und gibt so neue Impulse für den Alltag der Betroffenen.

Autism and the Brain

Neurophenomenological Interpretation

Author: Tatyana B Glezerman

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1461441129

Category: Medical

Page: 304

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For years, the typical presentation of autism—the developmental delays, the social and linguistic deficits—has been well known. Despite great variation among children with this condition, certain symptoms are considered hallmarks of the disorder. Less understood is why these symptoms come together to construct autism. And as autism rates continue to rise, this information is ever more vital to accurate diagnosis and treatment. Autism and the Brain offers answers by showing a new neuropsychology of the autistic spectrum, reviewing general brain organization, and relating specific regions and structures to specific clinical symptoms. The author identifies deficiencies in areas of the left-hemisphere associated with the self and identity as central to autism. From this primary damage, the brain further reorganizes to compensate, explaining the diverse behaviors among low- and high-functioning individuals as well as autistic savants. The result is a unique three-dimensional view of brain structure, function, and pathology, with in-depth focus on how the autistic brain: Perceives the world. Understands and uses words. Perceives faces. Understands spatial relations and numbers. Understands feelings and registers emotions. Perceives the self as separate from others. Acts in the world. Challenging readers to re-think their assumptions, Autism and the Brain is breakthrough reading for researchers, clinicians, and graduate students in fields as varied as child and adolescent psychiatry; clinical child, school, and developmental psychology; neuroscience/neurobiology; special education and educational psychology; social work; communication disorders; and public health and policy.

Der Funke

Die Geschichte eines autistischen Jungen, der es allen gezeigt hat

Author: Kristine Barnett

Publisher: Kailash Verlag

ISBN: 3641093279

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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In jedem Kind verbirgt sich der »Funke«. Kristines Sohn Jacob hat einen höheren IQ als Einstein und verfügt über ein fotografisches Gedächtnis. Und er ist Autist. »Der Funke« erzählt die Geschichte einer Mutter, die gegen den Rat aller Experten darum kämpft, ihrem Sohn ein normales, glückliches Leben zu ermöglichen, indem sie ihn ermutigt, seinem »Funken« zu folgen, sich auf das zu konzentrieren, was er liebt, statt auf das, was ihn hindert. Großartige Möglichkeiten können sich eröffnen, wenn wir lernen, das wahre Potenzial zu erwecken, das in jedem Kind ruht – und in jedem von uns.

The Neurochemical Basis of Autism

From Molecules to Minicolumns

Author: Gene J. Blatt

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781441912725

Category: Medical

Page: 295

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A perceived rise in autism worldwide has led to a dramatic increase in autism research. This is a uniquely interdisciplinary text that presents the latest findings regarding the physiological, neuropathological, neurochemical and clinical elements of autism.

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

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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.


Autism, Brain, and Environment

Author: Richard Lathe

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 9781846422539

Category: Psychology

Page: 288

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The increasing number of people being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) cannot simply be explained by changes in diagnostic criteria or greater awareness of the condition. In this controversial new book, Richard Lathe contends that the recent rise in cases of ASDs is a result of increased exposure to environmental toxicity combined with genetic predisposition. Autism, Brain, and Environment proposes that autism is a disorder of the limbic brain, which is damaged by toxic heavy metals present in the environment. Lathe argues that most ASD children have additional physiological problems and that these, far from being separate from the psychiatric aspects of ASD, can produce and exacerbate the condition. This important and groundbreaking text provides a closely-argued scientific case for the involvement of both environmental and physiological factors in autism. Lathe's argument will also have a direct impact on treatment strategies and options. It will be of great interest to the scientific community, professionals, researchers, political and environmental lobbyists, teachers, psychologists, and parents and people with ASDs.

Supporting pupils on the Autism Spectrum in Secondary Schools

A Practical Guide for Teaching Assistants

Author: Carolyn Canavan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317667298

Category: Education

Page: 189

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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 secondary 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: templates to scaffold students’ comprehension and learning in different subject areas forms to help with information collection and evaluation advice on supporting students through examinations examples and case studies to illustrate how the strategies described work in practice 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 autistic spectrum to reach their full potential.


Der achtsame Therapeut

Ein Leitfaden für die Praxis

Author: Daniel J. Siegel

Publisher: Kösel-Verlag

ISBN: 3641068797

Category: Psychology

Page: 368

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Studien belegen, dass die Gegenwärtigkeit und Achtsamkeit des Therapeuten zentral für den Behandlungserfolg sind. Dr. med. Daniel Siegel, Autor des hochgelobten Buches »Das achtsame Gehirn«, eröffnet einen neuartigen Zugang zu therapeutischer Arbeit, der die Art und Weise, wie wir Therapie verstehen, in den kommenden Jahren revolutionieren wird. Wie Therapie Erfolg hat Wichtiges Grundlagenwerk für die therapeutische Praxis Von einem der renommiertesten Gehirnforscher weltweit

Teaching Music to Students with Autism

Author: Alice M. Hammel,Ryan M. Hourigan

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199316538

Category: Psychology

Page: 208

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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.

Islands of Genius

The Bountiful Mind of the Autistic, Acquired, and Sudden Savant

Author: Darold A. Treffert

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 9780857003188

Category: Psychology

Page: 328

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* Gold Medal Winner in the Psychology / Mental Health Category of the 2011 IPPY Awards * * Silver Medal Winner in the 2010 BOTYA Awards Psychology Category * Savant syndrome is a rare condition in which individuals with developmental disorders, including autism spectrum disorders, have one or more areas of expertise, ability, or brilliance - "islands of genius" - that exist in contrast with their overall limitations. In this fascinating book, Dr. Darold Treffert looks at what we know about this remarkable condition, and at new discoveries that raise interesting questions about the hidden brain potential within us all. Dr. Treffert explores the phenomena of genetic memory - instances in which individuals somehow "know" things they never learned - and sudden genius or "acquired savantism" - where a neuro-typical person unexpectedly and spectacularly develops savant-like abilities following a head injury or stroke. Showing that these phenomena point convincingly towards a reservoir of untapped potential - an inner savant capacity - within us all, he looks both at how savant skills can be nurtured, and how they can help the person who has them, particularly if that person is on the autism spectrum. A central colour section contains the extraordinary artwork of some of the savants who are mentioned in the book. Islands of Genius will intrigue anyone who has ever wondered what makes the mind of a savant tick, as well as clinicians, parents, teachers, therapists, and others who care for, and about, individuals with savant syndrome.