From Publishers Weekly
Despite modern's medicine many stunning advances, autism remains very much a mystery; here, psychotherapist Zelan, who has spent years working with autistic children, tries to shed some much-needed light on the subject. A disorder with myriad different manifestations, autism is often characterized by "indifference or rejection of social contact," which makes treatment all the more challenging. Zelan shares her experiences of what works and what doesn't, and tries to offer hope for overwhelmed and confused parents. Stimulating children through music or games can work, for instance, where using reason or discipline might not. Zelan can't offer any blanket prescriptions, because unfortunately, none exist; the best parents can hope for is to respect different understandings of reality, and to adapt therapy for each child. Zelan skillfully meshes complex theory and poignant stories and tackles the many issues of autism with admirable grace.
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Praise for Between Their World and Ours by Karen Zelan
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"This book provides excellent insights for mentoring elementary school-age children and teenagers with Asperger's or high-functioning autism."
---Temple Grandin, author of Thinking in Pictures: And Other Reports from My Life with Autism
"Essential reading for all parents and teachers of autistic children... Dr. Zelan's work with autistic patients is a model for all good psychotherapy."
---Elio Frattaroli, M.D., author of Healing the Soul in the Age of the Brain: Why Medication Isn't Enough
"Dr. Zelan shows an amazing insight into why autistic people think and feel the way they do; she is to autistic people what Jane Goodall was for the wild chimpanzees."
---Dawn Prince-Hughes, Ph.D., author of Aquamarine Blue 5: Personal Stories of College Students with Autism
"A sensitive book about the many challenges facing parents, teachers, and, yes, those with autism. A worthy read, and inspiring."
---David L. Holmes, Ed.D., President and Executive Director, The Eden Family of Services