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

Helping Different Kinds of Minds Succeed

Author: Temple Grandin,Richard Panek

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780544227736

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 240

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Offers the latest research and science on autism, including new neuroimaging and genetic research that provides 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.

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.

Drawing Autism

Author: Jill Mullin

Publisher: Akashic Books

ISBN: 1617751987

Category: Art

Page: 158

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Collects drawings, paintings, and collages created by over fifty contributors diagnosed with autism, depicting the unique perspective with which these individuals see the world, and their place in it.

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.

Autism as Context Blindness

Author: Peter Vermeulen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781937473457

Category: Education

Page: 471

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This book presents a new way of looking at autism by considering the impact of the context in which the person lives and where interventions are delivered.--Publisher.

Reframe Your Thinking Around Autism

How the Polyvagal Theory and Brain Plasticity Help Us Make Sense of Autism

Author: Holly Bridges

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 1784501778

Category: Education

Page: 104

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Outlining a new, optimistic way to understand autism, this concise and accessible book offers practical ideas to help children on the spectrum grow. The Polyvagal Theory suggests autism is a learnt response by the body - a result of the child being in a prolonged state of 'fight or flight' while their nervous system is still developing. This book explains the theory in simple terms and incorporates recent developments in brain plasticity research (the capacity of the brain to change throughout life) to give parents and professionals the tools to strengthen the child's brain-body connection and lessen the social and emotional impact of autism.

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 Autism Revolution

Whole-Body Strategies for Making Life All It Can Be

Author: Martha Herbert,Martha R. Herbert,Karen Weintraub

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0345527208

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 320

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After years of treating patients and analyzing scientific data, Harvard Medical School researcher and clinician Dr. Martha Herbert offers a revolutionary new view of autism and a transformative strategy for dealing with it. Autism, she concludes, is not a hardwired impairment programmed into a child's genes and destined to remain fixed forever. Instead, it is the result of a cascade of events, many seemingly minor.

The Way I See It, Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition

A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger's

Author: Temple Grandin

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 1935274589

Category: Psychology

Page: 339

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In this innovative book, Dr. Temple Grandin gets down to the REAL issues of autism, the ones parents, teachers, and individuals on the spectrum face every day. Temple offers helpful do’s and don’ts, practical strategies, and try-it-now tips, all based on her “insider” perspective and a great deal of research. These are just some of the specific topics Temple delves into: How and Why People with Autism Think Differently Economical Early Intervention Programs that Work How Sensory Sensitivities Affect Learning Behaviors Caused by a Disability vs. Just Bad Behaviors Teaching People with Autism to Live in an Unpredictable World Alternative Medicine vs. Conventional Medicine Employment Ideas for Adults with Autism And many more! This revised and expanded edition contains revisions based on the most current autism research, as well as 14 additional articles including: The Role of Genetics and Environmental Factors in Causing Autism Understanding the Mind of a Nonverbal Person with Autism Finding Mentors and Appropriate Colleges And many more!

The Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships

Author: Temple Grandin,Sean Barron,Veronica Zysk

Publisher: Future Horizons

ISBN: 193256506X

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 383

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The authors share what they have learned about social relationships over the course of years struggling with the effects of autism, identifying Ten Unwritten Rules as general guidelines for handling social situations.

Animals in Translation

Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior

Author: Temple Grandin,Catherine Johnson

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781439130841

Category: Nature

Page: 368

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Temple Grandin's Animals in Translation speaks in the clear voice of a woman who emerged from the other side of autism, bringing with her an extraordinary message about how animals think and feel. Temple's professional training as an animal scientist and her history as a person with autism have given her a perspective like that of no other expert in the field. Standing at the intersection of autism and animals, she offers unparalleled observations and groundbreaking ideas about both. Autistic people can often think the way animals think -- in fact, Grandin and co-author Catherine Johnson see autism as a kind of way station on the road from animals to humans -- putting autistic people in the perfect position to translate "animal talk." Temple is a faithful guide into their world, exploring animal pain, fear, aggression, love, friendship, communication, learning, and, yes, even animal genius. Not only are animals much smarter than anyone ever imagined, in some cases animals are out-and-out brilliant. The sweep of Animals in Translation is immense, merging an animal scientist's thirty years of study with her keen perceptions as a person with autism -- Temple sees what others cannot. Among its provocative ideas, the book: argues that language is not a requirement for consciousness -- and that animals do have consciousness applies the autism theory of "hyper-specificity" to animals, showing that animals and autistic people are so sensitive to detail that they "can't see the forest for the trees" -- a talent as well as a "deficit" explores the "interpreter" in the normal human brain that filters out detail, leaving people blind to much of the reality that surrounds them -- a reality animals and autistic people see, sometimes all too clearly explains how animals have "superhuman" skills: animals have animal genius compares animals to autistic savants, declaring that animals may in fact be autistic savants, with special forms of genius that normal people do not possess and sometimes cannot even see examines how humans and animals use their emotions to think, to decide, and even to predict the future reveals the remarkable abilities of handicapped people and animals maintains that the single worst thing you can do to an animal is to make it feel afraid Temple Grandin is like no other author on the subject of animals because of her training and because of her autism: understanding animals is in her blood and in her bones.


The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity

Author: Steve Silberman

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101639644

Category: Psychology

Page: 400

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A New York Times bestseller Winner of the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction A groundbreaking book that upends conventional thinking about autism and suggests a broader model for acceptance, understanding, and full participation in society for people who think differently. What is autism? A lifelong disability, or a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius? In truth, it is all of these things and more—and the future of our society depends on our understanding it. WIRED reporter Steve Silberman unearths the secret history of autism, long suppressed by the same clinicians who became famous for discovering it, and finds surprising answers to the crucial question of why the number of diagnoses has soared in recent years. Going back to the earliest days of autism research and chronicling the brave and lonely journey of autistic people and their families through the decades, Silberman provides long-sought solutions to the autism puzzle, while mapping out a path for our society toward a more humane world in which people with learning differences and those who love them have access to the resources they need to live happier, healthier, more secure, and more meaningful lives. Along the way, he reveals the untold story of Hans Asperger, the father of Asperger’s syndrome, whose “little professors” were targeted by the darkest social-engineering experiment in human history; exposes the covert campaign by child psychiatrist Leo Kanner to suppress knowledge of the autism spectrum for fifty years; and casts light on the growing movement of "neurodiversity" activists seeking respect, support, technological innovation, accommodations in the workplace and in education, and the right to self-determination for those with cognitive differences. From the Hardcover edition.

Switched On

A Memoir of Brain Change and Emotional Awakening

Author: John Elder Robison

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

ISBN: 0812996909

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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An extraordinary memoir about the cutting-edge brain therapy that dramatically changed the life and mind of John Elder Robison, the New York Times bestselling author of Look Me in the Eye NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST Imagine spending the first forty years of your life in darkness, blind to the emotions and social signals of other people. Then imagine that someone suddenly switches the lights on. It has long been assumed that people living with autism are born with the diminished ability to read the emotions of others, even as they feel emotion deeply. But what if we’ve been wrong all this time? What if that “missing” emotional insight was there all along, locked away and inaccessible in the mind? In 2007 John Elder Robison wrote the international bestseller Look Me in the Eye, a memoir about growing up with Asperger’s syndrome. Amid the blaze of publicity that followed, he received a unique invitation: Would John like to take part in a study led by one of the world’s foremost neuroscientists, who would use an experimental new brain therapy known as TMS, or transcranial magnetic stimulation, in an effort to understand and then address the issues at the heart of autism? Switched On is the extraordinary story of what happened next. Having spent forty years as a social outcast, misreading others’ emotions or missing them completely, John is suddenly able to sense a powerful range of feelings in other people. However, this newfound insight brings unforeseen problems and serious questions. As the emotional ground shifts beneath his feet, John struggles with the very real possibility that choosing to diminish his disability might also mean sacrificing his unique gifts and even some of his closest relationships. Switched On is a real-life Flowers for Algernon, a fascinating and intimate window into what it means to be neurologically different, and what happens when the world as you know it is upended overnight. Praise for Switched On “An eye-opening book with a radical message . . . The transformations [Robison] undergoes throughout the book are astonishing—as foreign and overwhelming as if he woke up one morning with the visual range of a bee or the auditory prowess of a bat.”—The New York Times “Astonishing, brave . . . reads like a medical thriller and keeps you wondering what will happen next . . . [Robison] takes readers for a ride through the thorny thickets of neuroscience and leaves us wanting more.”—The Washington Post “Fascinating for its insights into Asperger’s and research, this engrossing record will make readers reexamine their preconceptions about this syndrome and the future of brain manipulation.”—Booklist “Like books by Andrew Solomon and Oliver Sacks, Switched On offers an opportunity to consider mental processes through a combination of powerful narrative and informative medical context.”—BookPage “A mind-blowing book that will force you to ask deep questions about what is important in life. Would normalizing the brains of those who think differently reduce their motivation for great achievement?”—Temple Grandin, author of The Autistic Brain “At the heart of Switched On are fundamental questions of who we are, of where our identity resides, of difference and disability and free will, which are brought into sharp focus by Robison’s lived experience.”—Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Effect

The Autism Book

What Every Parent Needs to Know About Early Detection, Treatment, Recovery, and Prevention

Author: Robert Sears

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 031608896X

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 416

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With clarity and compassion, Dr. Robert Sears guides the reader through the maze of autism, explaining what precautions parents can take to decrease their baby's risk, how to detect autism at the earliest possible age, and how to proceed once a diagnosis has been made. The book provides parents with a simple and clear understanding of the biomedical treatment approach that Dr. Sears has used successfully with many of his young patients. It lays out a plan for developmental, behavioral, and learning therapies; shows parents how to begin treatments without a doctor's help; presents information on vaccines and their safe use; and includes an extensive resources section. THE AUTISM BOOK provides all the information and reassurance parents need.

Perfect Pitch in the Key of Autism

A Guide for Educators, Parents, and the Musically Gifted

Author: Henny Kupferstein,Susan Rancer

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 153200141X

Category: Music

Page: 208

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Autistic people and musical individuals often have perfect pitch, a gift they were born with. The musical gift may be accompanied with learning differences such as reading comprehension problems, trouble with mathematics, and significant difficulties in learning how to read music. This book was written by a music therapist and an autistic researcher, and is endorsed by leading experts in the field of autism and special-needs education. The Rancer Method is presented as page-by-page instructions to be implemented with readily-available method books so that every piano teacher can follow it and do well by their students. "By focusing on the abilities rather than the deficits of people with learning, perceptual, motor, and other differences, Kupferstein and Rancer have developed a revolutionary piano pedagogy that will empower individuals with autism and other differences by unleashing the power of what can be done." Stephen M. Shore, Ed.D. Internationally known professor, consultant, speaker, and author on issues related to the autism spectrum and special education. Person on the autism spectrum p>"This book will help the quirky kid who is different to be successful in music. This method may help open musical doors for many individuals on the autism spectrum." Temple Grandin, author Thinking in Pictures and The Autistic Brain.

How to Be Human

Diary of an Autistic Girl: Diary of an Autistic Girl

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781939547040

Category: Autism

Page: 40

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With powerful words and pictures Florida Frenz chronicles her journey figuring out how to read facial expressions, how to make friends, how to juggle all the social cues that make school feel like a complicated maze. Diagnosed with autism as a two-year-old, Florida is now an articulate 15-year-old whose explorations into how kids make friends, what popularity means, how to handle peer pressure will resonate with any pre-teen. For those wondering what it's like inside an autistic child's head, Florida's book provides amazing insight and understanding. Reading how she learns how to be human makes us all feel a little less alien.

The Loving Push

How Parents and Professionals Can Help Spectrum Kids Become Successful Adults

Author: Temple Grandin,Debra Moore

Publisher: Future Horizons

ISBN: 9781941765203

Category: Psychology

Page: 280

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How parents and professionals can help spectrum kids become successful adults

Temple Grandin

How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World

Author: Sy Montgomery,Temple Grandin

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547733933

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 160

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When Temple Grandin was born, her parents knew that she was different. Years later she was diagnosed with autism. While Temple’s doctor recommended a hospital, her mother believed in her. Temple went to school instead. Today, Dr. Temple Grandin is a scientist and professor of animal science at Colorado State University. Her world-changing career revolutionized the livestock industry. As an advocate for autism, Temple uses her experience as an example of the unique contributions that autistic people can make. This compelling biography complete with Temple’s personal photos takes us inside her extraordinary mind and opens the door to a broader understanding of autism.