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Between Their World and Ours: Breakthroughs with Autistc Children Hardcover – May 22, 2003

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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

"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

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (May 22, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312313756
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312313753
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,332,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By oddizm on October 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I am adult. I have Asperger's syndrome, which is a form of autism. I am the mother of an adult child with a form of autism. In my opinion this may be the BEST book about autism written to date, and that includes books written by other autistics. I want to thank Dr. Zelan so much for this book.
She dismantles the highly touted,"Sally-Ann" test, which is supposed to show a lack of "theory of mind". Finally someone has fresh thinking in this area!
There is no "cure" for autism.

Dr. Zelan very plainly makes that case and shows how to help autistic children of all levels of ability and communicativeness to reach their potential, with a heavy emphasis on love and respect and patience.
Love and respect, themes lacking in many therapies aimed at attempting to force autistic children into "normal" molds.
If you only want one book about autism right now, start with this one, _Between Their World and Ours_.
I also like Dr. Sally Ozonoff's book, "A parent's guide to..." and "A Positive Approach to Autism" by Stella Waterhouse.
I hope that Dr. Zelan will have another book of this quality soon, and I hope that her voice becomes very important in the autism treatment community.
I also recommend that anyone interested in autism seek out the voices of adult autistics on various internet sites. Some of the best information isn't actually in books it's on the web.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By bradshaw on September 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I recommend this book to all readers, not just parents, therapists, teachers, interested in autism. Here are a few observations:
--The experiences of her treatment of autistic children ranging from highest to lowest functioning are riveting and beautifully written.
--Her book covers important issues regarding the treatment and diagnosis of autism that have not been addressed in other books and programs on autism e.g., relations of therapists and parents, successful and unsuccessful school experiences.
--This book, above all others I have read or heard discussed, gives us a dramatic window into the feelings and amazing SOCIAL and EMOTIONAL awareness of autistic children who, Zelan notes, are often incorrectly judged incapable of such insight by many so called "experts". She also shows how understanding the views shared with her by many autistic children can make a difference in their having positive social experiences.
--She engages not just the powerful feelings and awareness of autists, she describes the larger world of feelings and interactions of and with parents, teachers, family and friends of autistic children.
--She describes and critiques theories of the mind imposed on autistic and other developmentally disabled children; this critique heightens awareness for everyone to the subtle but
damaging ways some "experts" can hinder hope and progress for people who don't fit "normal" behavior patterns.
--Her book offers insights into more than the real life experiences of autism for children, parents, teachers,therapists and the general population; it also is the best book I have ever read to give a vivid, concrete description of the psychotherapeutic relationship and what a difference it can make in all our lives, and especially for autistic children.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By KCF on September 18, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Between their World and Ours, by Karen Zelan, reads almost like a novel. One becomes quickly engaged with the children whose stories Zelan uses to "show" rather than "tell" the reader about enjoying, helping and teaching young people on the autistic spectrum.
Given the statistics, (one in 150 children under ten may have autistic spectrum disorders) many people know someone with this syndrome. Schools are enrolling them in classrooms, teachers are finding ways to adapt their curricula so these children can be successful learners. Between Their World and Ours gives encouragement, hope, and helpful ideas. Teachers and parents will find acknowledgement of their own good problem solving. In addition, Zelan's book will be helpful to neighbors, aunts, uncles, and friends of these children. Experts will benefit as well from the practicality, and care Zelan uses in her work.
Like the many types of minds that we encounter, the autistic mind has much to offer. It requires little except quiet attention and patience to gain the trust and interest of many of these interesting kids. As with any child, it is important to LIKE them. Liking them, liking any child comes with knowing them. Unlike many authors, Zelan recognizes and rejoices in the feelings these children display. Zelan shows the reader how to attend carefully to the child so that s/he can discover the feelings of the autist s/he knows. And, more importantly, so the child can join our feeling world safely.
Our knowledge of aspergers and autistic children is enhanced by the kind of book Zelan has written. It presents a range of children with very different personalities, responses, and gifts, showing common ways of reaching them as well as the variations useful in connecting with their differing needs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
In this inspiring book, Zelan educates us about autism with remarkable empathy, experience, and sensitivity. Zelan encourages those working and living with autists to view their relationships with autists as reciprocal: as a young autist perceives her advocate adapting to the autist's world and methods of communication, so too will the autist perceive the benefits of adapting to our world. She also recognizes how difficult this task is, both emotionally and practically, and offers her readers specific advice on how to assist autists at home and at school. Zelan's writing is entirely accessible to parents, teachers, students, or anyone who would simply like to educate themselves about autism. An excellent book!
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