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The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger's Paperback – September 1, 2008
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I enjoyed this book very much because Temple makes it very plain from the get-go that as a parent of an autistic/Asperger's child, doing nothing is the worst thing possible. Don't let the child stim all day long, don't hold onto the belief that he/she will "grow out of these behaviors", and never let the label define the child. In addition, she stresses the important of teaching the child proper manners, acceptable behaviors, and setting goals for them to achieve (within reason).
She goes on to say that tasks need to be taught in a piece-by-piece manner so the child does not succumb to sensory overload. I was particularly fascinated by her personal description of sensory overload in the autistic/Asperger's mind, caused by items like fluorescent lights, fire alarms, ticking clocks, uncomfortable fabrics, and much more. Recognizing these learning hurdles requires a bit of detective work on the part of parents and teachers - but in the end, they will help in the child's treatment and learning process.
Personal examples are provided as often as possible, which helps provide a very real and unabashed view into the autistic mindset. Dr. Grandin remembers with vivid detail getting a question wrong on a kindergarten quiz where she had to mark items that began with the letter "B".Read more ›
This book is a collection of magazine column articles that were published over the course of several years. About 25% of the pages in the body of the book are either blank, chapter title pages, or pages with a single big quote on them, so this book is actually quite a bit shorter than you'd think from the page count.
But the content is what matters, and I found the author's writing style to be both accessible and to the point. I was also impressed with the fact that the author is an extraordinarily accomplished professional in an area other than being an author. This is written from the perspective of someone who has already walked the talk and is now sharing "how it's done" with the rest of us.
Since it's a collection of magazine column sized chapters, and because each autism/asperger's child is unique, the reader will likely find that some chapters apply to their particular situation a lot more than others. For example, the chapter on drugs didn't apply to us (at least not yet) becuase we haven't needed to "go there" yet with our son.
However, the columns dealing with vocation and socialization are priceless to a parent who knows their son or daugher is bright, but has difficulty getting along with others.Read more ›
For that reason, I didn't enjoy Temple Grandin's writings years ago, when my now 11 year old son was first diagnosed with ASD. I didn't want to hear about a successful adult autistic person, I wanted to hear about adults and children who had been CURED of their autism.
Back then I believed that autism could be cured. I'd set goals - "he'll learn to talk, then he'll be fine." "I'll mainstream him in kindergarten, then he'll be fine." "I'll set up playdates for him, then he'll be fine." All these goals helped significantly, but he still has autism.
He'll always have autism. He is very intelligent, very "high functioning", but he looks at, and perceives the world in such an "Aspie" way. And now that I've fully accepted that, I want to know how to help him have a full, meaningful, and productive life.
The book is a collection of short, insightful essays grouped under various headings, such as "Diagnosis and Early Intervention", "Teaching and Education", "Adult Issues and Employment", and so on.
Grandin really hammers home the importance of early intervention, of getting an ASD child to connect to the real world. She doesn't insist on certain interventions such as ABA or Floor Time, as much as she insists on keeping the child tuned in at least 40 hours a week.
She also insists on high expectations, even for young children who may be non-verbal.Read more ›
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With a grandson with autism it's good to hear how one person with autism sees things.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful book from an amazing individual. Fantastic read if you want to get inside the mind of someone with mild autism.Published 12 months ago by Charlene Hoke