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Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Second Edition Paperback – January 31, 2003
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His openness is refreshing and his use of music to contact and relate to himself and other "Aspies" is remarkable. -- John Ratey, M.D., associate clinical professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School<br /><br />Stephen understands AS from the inside, and has taken on the valuable role of guide to the outsider. -- Simon Baron: Cohen, professor of developmental psychopathology, Autism Research Centre, University of Cambridge<br /><br />You'll marvel at the courage, persistence and intelligence that continue to guide his quest to cope with a complex...world. --Arnold Miller, director, Language and Cognitive Development Center, Waban, Massachusetts
About the Author
Stephen Shore was diagnosed with "atypical development with strong autistic tendencies" and was viewed as "too sick" to be treated on an outpatient basis and recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four, and with much help from his parents, teachers, and others, Stephen Shore is now completing his doctoral degree in special education at Boston University with a focus on helping people on the autism spectrum develop their capacities to the fullest extent possible.
Top Customer Reviews
Shore's work explores aspergers from three different viewpoints: as that of a clinician working with individuals with autism spectrum disorders, as an adult who himself has aspergers, and as an adult remembering the challenges aspergers has presented him with over the course of his lifetime.
As the parent of two boys with Autism Spectrum Disorders, I was delighted with Shore's explanations of why my children feel the need to do some of the things they do, and what purpose those behaviors serve in their lives.
In this reader's opinion, Beyond the Wall is an invaluable guide to anyone who knows someone with aspergers and autism. Shore's writing is right up there with Temple Grandin's, and should be included as a valuable reference book in anyone's collection of books about autism/aspergers.
Beyond the Wall is a must read for a parent, teacher or professional. Parents often wonder what it is to be autistic, how they can help their child learn and grow thru the years, and how to help their loved one with hypo or hyper sensitivities and what will their child's future be like. Stephen's book will answer these very important questions.
Stephen just doesn't write about his love of music, he shows how his love of music can help an autistic child to learn. Stephen writes about self-advocacy and how important it is to teach a loved one how to self advocate. Stephen writes about his academic learning from grade school to college. He writes of his frustrations in his earlier accounting career. He writes of going back to school for post graduate studies and switching careers. He writes of his new career, living life and being married.
Beyond the Wall, is Stephen's autobiography, about being a son, brother, friend, educator, advocate and husband. Long after your done reading his book, you realize that todays autistic child will be tomorrow autistic adult and that Stephen has left the door open for all the children to follow.
The authors words have helped me better understand and communicate to my son and for that I am grateful.
Stephen has an amazing ability to communicate and provide humor at the scariest thing I have ever seen - autism - is truly a gift to all parents and friends of autistic. Please do your self a favor and read this book. It is a must for everyone's collection.
is a great step forward for our community. It is focused,
practical, well documented and informative. Stephen is not
another "autistic lounge act." He is a mature, married,
serious person with a life way beyond the deserved acclaim
that this book will bring to him.
The book is especially useful since Stephen Shore,
like most of the observed people with our condition,
Asperger's Syndrome, is male. His is the first book written
by one of the majority gender, after almost four decades of
living this way, to give parents, siblings, professionals
and our younger peers a great overview of how to live
in a unique way with dignity.
A must read and a very enjoyable one!!
Jerry Newport Tucson, AZ
Author of "Your Life is Not a Label: A Guide to Living
Fully with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome"
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a well written book. I attended one of his seminars and found it informative and helpful. This is why I purchased the book.Published 22 days ago by Kenneth S
I got this for my Mom who is very interest in this subject material. She loves it. Great quality, fast deliveryPublished 21 months ago by Northwestlife
I cannot put this book down. There is much information about Autism and Aspergers included. I enjoy the format of the book and the splendid writing. Read morePublished on March 12, 2014 by Kathleen McKenzie
Love the honesty of the story and the very helpful career ideas for the future of my young Aspie. It has given me a better understanding.Published on October 2, 2013 by JJ
Everyone raved about this but I thought it was a bit outdated. I will try to finish reading it, but it really wasn't an eye-catcher. The writing is stilted. Read morePublished on September 24, 2013 by Michelle S. Mood