The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum Reprint Edition, Kindle Edition
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Temple Grandin may be the most famous person with autism, a condition that affects 1 in 88 children. Since her birth in 1947, our understanding of it has undergone a great transformation, leading to more hope than ever before that we may finally learn the causes of and treatments for autism.
Weaving her own experience with remarkable new discoveries, Grandin introduces the advances in neuroimaging and genetic research that link brain science to behavior, even sharing her own brain scan to show which anomalies might explain common symptoms. Most excitingly, she argues that raising and educating kids on the autism spectrum must focus on their long-overlooked strengths to foster their unique contributions. The Autistic Brain brings Grandin’s singular perspective into the heart of the autism revolution.
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The Meanings of Autism
I was fortunate to have been born in 1947. If I had been born ten years later, my life as a person with autism would have been a lot different. In 1947, the diagnosis of autism was only four years old. Almost nobody knew what it meant. When Mother noticed in me the symptoms that we would now label autistic—destructive behavior, inability to speak, a sensitivity to physical contact, a fixation on spinning objects, and so on—she did what made sense to her. She took me to a neurologist.
Bronson Crothers had served as the director of the neurology service at Boston Children’s Hospital since its founding, in 1920. The first thing Dr. Crothers did in my case was administer an electroencephalogram, or EEG, to make sure I didn’t have petit mal epilepsy. Then he tested my hearing to make sure I wasn’t deaf. “Well, she certainly is an odd little girl,” he told Mother. Then when I began to verbalize a little, Dr. Crothers modified his evaluation: “She’s an odd little girl, but she’ll learn how to talk.” The diagnosis: brain damage.
He referred us to a speech therapist who ran a small school in the basement of her house. I suppose you could say the other kids there were brain damaged too; they suffered from Down syndrome and other disorders. Even though I was not deaf, I had difficulty hearing consonants, such as the c in cup. When grownups talked fast, I heard only the vowel sounds, so I thought they had their own special language. But by speaking slowly, the speech therapist helped me to hear the hard consonant sounds, and when I said cup with a c, she praised me—which is just what a behavioral therapist would do today.
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- ASIN : B009JWCR56
- Publisher : Mariner Books; Reprint edition (April 30, 2013)
- Publication date : April 30, 2013
- Language : English
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- Print length : 253 pages
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I did additional digging into a few things I was curious about, like the fascinating relationship between IQ and people on the spectrum (overall vs. those with Asperger's), but I wouldn't like to have to do that for all of the topics discussed here. (I discovered that while IQ is inherited, autism doesn't seem to be. So the whole area of those like me diagnosed with Asperger's is quite confounding for researchers, which partly explains why Asperger's has been so hard to diagnose. And I apologize, but I find the term "Asperger's" much easier to comprehend than "L1ASD" or whatever the more formal name might be this year.)
One thing that's clear from reading this book is that anybody seriously interested in this field is going to need to have a fairly wide swath of knowledge about several discrete areas of study and research as well as the history behind them, including: cognitive psych, neuro psych, behavioral psych, genetics and genomics, and probably some background in PT, OT, and ST as well.
After reading this book, I'm left with one dominant conclusion: for everything question researchers in this broad field answer from their work, five more questions turn up. I also cannot figure out how so much material got crammed into so few pages. Temple is an amazing writer and communicator, in spite of the fact that she thinks in pictures and this is NOT a "picture book" but mostly an abundance of words.
By Cory Johnson on August 3, 2017