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Exposure Anxiety - The Invisible Cage: An Exploration of Self-Protection Responses in the Autism Spectrum and Beyond 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1843100515
ISBN-10: 1843100517
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Book Description

Practical advise for people with autism who are struggling with exposure anxiety based on the personal experience of the author

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: 1.3 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: #917,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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