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Exposure Anxiety - The Invisible Cage: An Exploration of Self-Protection Responses in the Autism Spectrum and Beyond Paperback – November 20, 2008

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ISBN-13: 978-1843100515 ISBN-10: 1843100517 Edition: 1st

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About the Author

Donna Williams was born in Australia in 1963. She was assessed at age two as psychotic, labelled disturbed and tested for deafness throughout childhood before being diagnosed as autistic in 1990. Today she is an internationally best-selling author with nine published books, an artist, singer-songwriter and emerging screenwriter. One of the most well-known people with autism in the world, Donna is a renowned international public speaker, a qualified teacher and has worked as an autism consultant since 1995.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley; 1 edition (November 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843100517
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843100515
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,336,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hi,

Welcome, I'm Donna Williams.

Many people know me through the autism world but my books are read way beyond that field; people with all kinds of mental and emotional health issues, people from abusive backgrounds and in abusive relationships, students who have Nobody Nowhere as their high school text, people who stumbled on one of my biographical works and wrote that they suddenly changed their lives, even saved their lives, because of what they read, those who like wierdos and those who are fascinated by them and people who thought they were 'normal' and are left questioning whether such a beast really exists.

I know myself best as a compulsive creator. Whether its writing books or films, painting, sculpting, composing, gardening, a lot of my life revolves around creating. When I'm not creating I like being. When I'm not creating or being I'm usually giving. I don't have a lot of time for brooding or worrying because I enjoy crating, being and giving more so brooding and worrying only get to first base. If they want to get to second then I head them off one way or another.

I'm a sociologist and teacher, basically good fields for people who work with systems. My take on the world comes from being those things and an artist.

I'm totally into being equal. Heirachy isn't my thing. I'm one of those eccentrics for whom all people and animals and nature and objects are all equal and I live in a perceptual world in which all things are deemed possible. I struggle a lot with meaning-deafness and meaning-blindness but they are also blessings. There's nothing like relying on pattern, theme, feel for reminding us we are basically well trained ferals (and that training isn't always reliable or identified with).

I'm a Taoist. No, that's not a religion, its a philosophy. But it has a bearing on my feelings about religion and essentially everything. I believe that peace is the balanced acceptance of chaos and that we spend a lot of energy chasing myths that exist only in our internal worlds and getting upset when they don't exist larger than life forever and ever just for us out there in the external world. I believe in mini world in very simple things and that we have many selves not one, however much we might ignore all but the most shiny and convenient ones.

I'm silly, I'm complex, I'm a systematician and a human animal. I am committed not to ever take myself so seriously that I can't change. Freedom to change, adapt, improvise is like breathing and without it we stagnate and wonder why our 'perfection' got us into such a corner.

I've had plenty of labels; deaf, stupid, moron, spastic, psychotic, disturbed, autistic, but we are all far more than labels on a jam jar. Who cares about the packaging. I believe there is a 'me' even if I am always my self in the becoming of it.

I hope my books become friends to travel with, mirrors with which to better see yourself, adventures that broaden understanding of our species and bridges of equality between foreign realities.

Thanks for listening.

Warmly,

Donna Williams
www.donnawilliams.net


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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
Few other books in my autism library are as marked up with exclamations points and my daughter's name as this one. Finally, finally, I not only have tremendous understanding of many of my daughter's behaviours, but tools to help her as well. It baffles me that exposure anxiety is hardly, if at all, mentioned in the general autism literature; clearly, it is one of the major challenges that are at the core of my daughter's autism. Though not all people with autism suffer from EA, this book is a must read for all professionals in the autism field, and any parents who suspect that this issue applies to their child.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Santo on September 12, 2005
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I found this to be a very helpful book in understanding my own "exposure anxiety" behaviours and getting words for them. Every few pages I would either cry or laugh with relief - realizing it wasn't just me, that these problems "exist". I found it a very good thing to also copy certain pages/highlight, to give to people who don't "get" me and what exposure anxiety is - after reading it, they understood a little bit more!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shirley on October 19, 2005
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I am a mother of my 23 yr. old unique autistic daughter. Last year l read Donna's book on exposure anxiety and nearly had an anxiety attack of my own. For the first time is 22 years, finally,a person has found my daughter.
Please, l beg any parent who has a child with autism-exposure anxiety to read this book. Donna's journey and knowledge will truly change your childs life as well as yours and finally give your family that little piece of heaven.
Thanx Donna
Shirley and Shannon
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa D. Edmond on April 17, 2010
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Exposure Anxiety - the Invisible Cage was one of the most beneficial books I read in terms of helping me to understand what my daughter might be experiencing. At the time, she was 7 years old and unable to communicate She endured in-your-face, intensive, ABA therapy day in and day out because "That's What You Need to Do" said all the "experts". But she was clearly unhappy and overwhelmed. And because everyone in her life was so busy DOING TO her, she never felt she was given the freedom to show us who she was in her own way.
Donna Williams' book explained what I felt in my bones to be true: that my daughter needed to be taken OUT of the spotlight, to be given a calmer environment, to be included in activities without direct pressure or expectation - that an indirect and joyful approach, respectful of her needs and sensitivities, would allow her to blossom. Almost immediately after implementing what I learned from Donna's book, my daughter responded by coming out of her defensive shell, interacting more, learning more effectively, developing skills more readily, and we, her family, began to know her more intimately.
I am grateful beyond words for Donna's insight and her incredible ability to explain exposure anxiety so thoroughly. I would highly recommend it to anyone who suspects a loved one is uncomfortable with intensive or even moderate social interaction.
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