Recommended for anyone interested the current thinking and neuroscience about Autism, and the lived experience of Autism; seeking positivity about an Autism diagnosis.
The Autistic Brain
This is a scientific and fact-based read that digs deep into society’s understanding of autism and how this has changed since the 1943. It focuses on scientific studies and a neuroscientific understanding of autism.
The book provides an educational insight into the way that our brains work and how some brains just operate differently when responding to every-day situations. It notes that typically autistic traits can often coincide with anomalous brain development however this isn’t the whole story – a person could have autistic traits without such anomalies and vice versa. Genetics can also play a part in the development of autism, however, much remains unclear.
There are moments throughout the book that give us insight into what life might be like for an autistic person – how they might experience language or sensory experiences such as touch, lights, sounds; and it discusses the different ways in which an autistic person might think – in pictures, patterns or words and facts.
Throughout, there is an emphasis on the individual. Grandin discusses diagnosis, labels, and the criteria for diagnosis that has changed over time. She notes that while labels have a purpose, they can often put barriers in the way a person being perceived (or perceiving themselves) positively. She emphasises the skills and strengths that can come from being autistic too and ends the book with a list of occupations that are ideally suited to different types of thinkers.
This is not a light read, with plenty of references to scientific studies, terminology and acronyms, but it is highly informational and we feel it provides an excellent start for understanding the nuts and bolts of autism.
|Dimensions||216 × 135 × 19 mm|