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Connecting With The Autism Spectrum: How To Talk, How To Listen, And Why You Shouldn’t Call It High-Functioning Kindle Edition
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The complete guide to connecting with adults on the autism spectrum
For a friend, family member, or coworker with autism, communication can be challenging. But Connecting with the Autism Spectrum can help you find common ground with expert tips and helpful insights about talking (and listening) to neurodiverse adults so you can make your interactions more transparent, meaningful, and rewarding for all.
Written by Casey Vormer, a self-taught artist and autism advocate, this comprehensive guide is a trusted source for understanding neurodiversity that features a brief introduction to the autism spectrum. It also provides easy communication strategies like active listening and positive encouragement as well as steps to avoid misunderstandings by teaching how to recognize biases and correct them. Additionally, you’ll learn why the term “high functioning autism” is a misnomer to define members of this vibrant community.
“It’s important to look at every autistic person individually and recognize their obstacles—but more importantly, we should acknowledge their skills and avoid labeling them with ‘high functioning autism’ or ‘low functioning autism’ altogether,” Vormer says.
Unlike other autism books, Connecting with the Autism Spectrum delivers:
- An easy approach—Discover the best ways to communicate with those living with autism.
- Situational success—Find the right information for various situations and settings, including school, work, and social relationships.
- A sensitive tone—Get valuable information from a clear, honest point of view that does not seek to “cure” or manipulate people.
Learn how to communicate better with those on the autism spectrum with this informative book.
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This simple, straightforward book features:
Discover the best ways to communicate with those living with autism.
Find the right technique in various situations and settings, including school, work, and social relationships.
Get valuable information from a clear, honest point of view that does not seek to “cure” or manipulate people.
“Casey Vormer is an inspiring and engaged advocate in the autism community. This book, along with his other advocacy work, provides insight into his lived experience as well as important perspectives on autism, advocacy, and neurodiversity.” ―Seiun Thomas Henderson, BA, MAdEd - Director General, Giant Steps Montreal
“Casey Vormer is a great advocate for the autism community. Casey's experiences, strengths, and challenges are insightful information for the autism community.” ―Marla Cable, Resource and Training Centre Coordinator at Giant Steps School
“An easy to navigate book about the autistic spectrum. Well organized and simplified. Frankly, one of the best resource books I have ever read! Covering the basics with real-life experiences and history of the label itself. I am honored to endorse and to promote this book as a prominent resource for anyone interested in learning directly from the source.” ―Leonora Gregory-Collura, Dip, RBS TTC, Cofounder of the ANCA World Autism Festival, Naturally Autistic ANCA Magazines, International Naturally Autistic People's Awards (naturallyautistic.com)--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Casey Vormer, a.k.a. Remrov, is a self-taught artist and autism advocate, who grew up in the Netherlands and immigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 2013. He enjoys giving presentations about autism to teachers, parents, and caregivers of kids and adults with autism. He also makes YouTube videos about autism and shares his life story with audiences interested in learning more. Find Casey’s drawings at RemrovsArtwork.com and watch Casey’s videos on YouTube at YouTube.com/c/RemrovsWorldofAutismVideos--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B08HVX52FV
- Publisher : Rockridge Press (September 29, 2020)
- Publication date : September 29, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1696 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 97 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #32,298 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I'm happy to report my nerves were ill placed. The author is Autistic himself, so it cements the voice is coming from one of us. Neurotypical people writing for us can still be helpful. But us having our own voices heard is SO important.
That said, this book is one of THE best to hand to a neurotypical person to get them to begin to understanding Autism. The language is extremely plain. It's not difficult to understand. As long as someone has a probably 5th grade reading level, they can understand this book. Shoot, I wouldn't be surprised if I could get my nearly 90 year old grandmother to understand it. It'd probably take a little bit of further explanation and negotiating, but I could probably do it. And her reading comprehension is probably comparable to maybe a 3rd grader of today.
I think the best part is the information density vs length. Not including the sources, the reading itself is only about 100 pages. It covers a lot of topics too. However, the length of each point is easily digestible. One specific page rarely covers more than a page and a half. Usually the longest ones are the personal anecdotes from the author. Those absolutely have their place and are brilliant in helping highlight the struggles Autistic people go through.
I would REALLY recommend anybody that wants to understand Autism FROM an Autistic person's view start here.
While he was considering what he wanted to do after high school a family friend encouraged us all to have him tested again for autism. We took her advice and had him tested. This time the results told us something we already knew. He was without a doubt autistic. It was very emotional for all of us because that wrong diagnosis in 6th grade made his life so hard all through school. Then we find out that the public school he attended who gave the first test had an incentive to not diagnose his autism. In our state public schools were supposed to offer special services for kids with autism, but each diagnosis put a strain on the schools budget and the schools resources were already strained. So their solution was to not diagnose kids with special needs. I get angry all over again every time I think about what they did to him.
Immediately after getting the correct diagnosis I wanted to learn as much as I could about autism so I could try to understand what he was going though. Someone recommended this book because it talks about the condition in very plain real world language and the author was not a doctor or clinician. He was a regular guy who got his diagnosis after high school just like my nephew. I'm so grateful for this book because everything I thought was peculiar about my nephew's behavior suddenly had an answer. This book made my relationship with my nephew so much stronger and closer. It explained things about him that even he didn't understand. I bought a copy for my sister and my parents as well. This short book changed all of our relationships with my nephew for the better. So if you're considering whether or not to buy this book, I can't recommend it enough. If you have someone you love who is autistic or on the spectrum BUY THIS BOOK.
One thing I love about the book is the way the author remains descriptive and emphasizes that all autistic people are different. Other books on autism seem to unintentionally drift into a prescriptive mode of treating all autistic people as the same for certain areas of life, but Remrov avoids this fallacy. He highlights potential struggles and strengths of autistic people without making it seem that we must have these characteristics in order to be "properly autistic."
As an autistic person who is verbally gifted, others often perceive me as being highly functional, which is not always a good thing when I need to ask for help with simple tasks. This book has given me some great tools to describe my struggles in practical ways that make sense. Whether you're autistic or are somebody wanting to understand an autistic person in your life, I very highly recommend this read.