The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The Autistic Brain is the first book by Temple Grandin that will be neither a memoir nor a book on animals. As always, Temple's ability to cut through the jungle of information and make the science clear is evident with each listen; her skills as a scientist and her original thinking offer some significant new insights into the understanding of autism.
Temple Grandin teaches listeners the science of the autistic brain, and with it the history and sociology of autism. By being autistic--by being able to look from the inside out and from the outside in--the author's insights are not just unique, they're groundbreaking. According to Temple, our understanding of autism has been perhaps fundamentally wrong for the past 70 years.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 8 minutes|
|Author||Temple Grandin, Richard Panek|
|Audible.com Release Date||April 30, 2013|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #30,291 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#114 in Children's Health (Audible Books & Originals)
#122 in Autism & Asperger's Syndrome
#264 in Disability Parenting
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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