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Asperger's and Self-Esteem: Insight and Hope through Famous Role Models Paperback – May 16, 2002
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About the Author
Norm and his wife Marsha were professional partners as safety educators, and then business partners in weekly newspaper publishing for fifteen years. With this book, they have renewed their professional partnership, after a hiatus during which they dedicated themselves to full-time parenting. They have two daughters, Stephanie and Allison, and three sons, David, Alfred, and Nicholas.
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Top Customer Reviews
They think their findings may well explain his genius for mathematical and spatial thinking.
In general, Einstein's brain was the same as all the others except in one particular area - the region responsible for mathematical thought and the ability to think in terms of space and movement. Extensive development of this region meant that Einstein's brain was 15% wider than the other brains studied.
Uniquely, Einstein's brain also lacked a groove that normally runs through part of this area. The researchers suggest that its absence may have allowed the neurons to communicate much more easily."
Anyone who has read a thorough account of Einstein's childhood and later life can attest that the evidence is overwhelming that this man was indeed autistic. Not all autistic children start out talking and then stop, as the reviewer stated. That is only true in what is known as "Regressive autism" or "Autism syndrome", not classical autism as defined by Kanner in the 1940's. The fact that Einstein had friends is a testament to his brilliance and contributions to science -- not to a lack of autism. The truth is that Einstein had a miserable, friendless childhood; was considered extremely odd by his peers, and, at first, to be "an imbecile" by teachers.
People with high-functioning autism and Asperger's can and do get married all the time. I am married to a man with (previously undiagnosed) Asperger's.Read more ›
This book is not so much an attempt to diagnose famous historical figures as a sincere look at what traits these people had in common with the autistic spectrum, the objective being to remind those who receive this diagnosis, their families and their schools, that having difficulties with some things doesn't mean you lack potential or talent. There are drawbacks to this approach, but if you find yourself curious then you will probably find this easy read both enjoyable and interesting.
Since this book was published there have been many copy cats, so despite the controversy and criticism it seems to have become quite a legitimate practice to speculate over the possibility of famously talented but troubled individuals having been autistic. I think it is a sign of the general prejudice toward autistic people that so many people are disgusted by the suggestion and of the general ignorance about autism that so many people laugh at the suggestion.
My major concern with such a book is that it is always open to the charge of selectivity. The fact that someone had traits consistent with AS does not allow us to derive the conclusion that they had AS. To be fair to the author, he does make comemnts to this effect in the beginning.
The strength of the book is that is in inspirational. You to can succeed if you have AS. The weaknesse is that skirts the argument that you should only conclude AS when the 'AS traits' interfere with a person's abliity to cope. In other words, Asperger syndrome is only a problem when it is a problem.
Nevertheless the book gives us plenty of food for thought. I hope that the author will produce another with more forensic detail however.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the book. I like books were I can learn things. There is a lot of things I Learned from the book.Published 22 months ago by Shelby Lindsey
I heard Temple Grandin talk about this book on an HBO documentary about autism. She recommended it as a way to better understand how individuals with Asperger's Syndrome see the... Read morePublished on May 27, 2011 by JustJoan
This was not a bad book and I did enjoy reading most parts of it however I wish the words "Self Esteem" were omitted from the title because it implied this book would include... Read morePublished on March 22, 2011 by Lori Goodman
I would recommend this this book to anyone interested in investigating Asperger's disorder. I was particularly interested in finding the famous role models the book offers for... Read morePublished on August 24, 2010 by Myles Bassford
This is a great book for an older child (12 and over). It gives great insight on famous role models with Asperger's. Read morePublished on September 10, 2009 by Kelley G. Lovejoy Grassi
Mr. Ledgin uses the criteria for Asperger's from the DSM-IV to theorize that famous men and women from the past may have had Asperger's Syndrome. Read morePublished on August 5, 2007 by Janet A. Zuhosky
"The discontented child cries for toasted snow" goes the old arab proverb. How we yearn for things we cannot have. Read morePublished on June 2, 2004