In A Different Key

Author: John Donvan
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141973455
Size: 77.58 MB
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The stunning history of autism as it has been discovered and felt by parents, children and doctors Nearly seventy-five years ago, Donald Triplett of Forest, Mississippi became the first child diagnosed with autism. In a Different Key tells the extraordinary story of the world his diagnosis created - a riveting human drama that takes us across continents and through some of the great social movements of the twentieth century. The history of autism is, above all, the story of families fighting for a place in the world for their children. It is the story of women like Ruth Sullivan, who rebelled against a medical establishment that blamed "refrigerator mothers" for causing autism, of fathers who pushed scientists to dig harder for treatments, of parents who forced schools to accept their children. But many others played starring roles too: doctors like Leo Kanner, who pioneered our understanding of autism, scientists who sparred over how to treat autism, and those with autism, like Temple Grandin and Ari Ne'eman, who explained their inner worlds and championed a philosophy of 'neurodiversity'. This is also a story of fierce controversy: from the question of whether there is truly an autism 'epidemic', and whether vaccines played a part in it, to scandals involving 'facilitated communication', one of many treatments that have proved to be blind alleys. And there are dark turns too: we learn about experimenters feeding LSD to children with autism, or shocking them with electricity to change their behavior; and the authors reveal, for the first time, that Hans Asperger, discoverer of the syndrome named after him, may have cooperated with the Nazis in sending disabled children to their deaths. By turns intimate and panoramic, In a Different Key takes us on a journey from an era when families were shamed and children were condemned to institutions, to one in which parents and people with autism push not simply for inclusion, but for a new understanding of autism: as difference rather than disability.

Disability And U S Politics Participation Policy And Controversy 2 Volumes

Author: Dana Lee Baker
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1440839239
Size: 37.25 MB
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More than 1 billion people worldwide have a disability, and they are all affected by politics. This two-volume work explores key topics at the heart of disability policy, such as voting, race, gender, age, health care, social security, transportation, abuse, and the environment. • Explains all stages of disability policy development, including the framing of issues in the political participation of disability, current policy, retired policy, and cutting-edge issues likely to motivate policy in decades to come • Includes material from contributors who represent a range of academic disciplines and employ varied thought about disability across fields of study and professional expertise • Ideally suited for students taking undergraduate courses in sociology, education, human development, social work, disability studies, and public affairs

Speaking For Ourselves

Author: Michael B. Bakan
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190855851
Size: 40.83 MB
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Since the advent of autism as a diagnosed condition in the 1940s, the importance of music in the lives of autistic people has been widely observed and studied. Articles on musical savants, extraordinary feats of musical memory, unusually high rates of absolute or "perfect" pitch, and the effectiveness of music-based therapies abound in the autism literature. Meanwhile, music scholars and historians have posited autism-centered explanatory models to account for the unique musical artistry of everyone from Béla Bartók and Glenn Gould to "Blind Tom" Wiggins. Given the great deal of attention paid to music and autism, it is surprising to discover that autistic people have rarely been asked to account for how they themselves make and experience music or why it matters to them that they do. In Speaking for Ourselves, renowned ethnomusicologist Michael Bakan does just that, engaging in deep conversations--some spanning the course of years--with ten fascinating and very different individuals who share two basic things in common: an autism spectrum diagnosis and a life in which music plays a central part. These conversations offer profound insights into the intricacies and intersections of music, autism, neurodiversity, and life in general, not from an autistic point of view, but rather from many different autistic points of view. They invite readers to partake of a rich tapestry of words, ideas, images, and musical sounds that speak to both the diversity of autistic experience and the common humanity we all share.

Revealing The Hidden Social Code

Author: Marie Howley
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 9781846421426
Size: 53.17 MB
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The Social Stories(TM) approach is widely acknowledged as a key technique for teaching social and life skills to children with autistic spectrum disorders. This text, endorsed by the originator of Social Stories(TM), Carol Gray, offers clear and comprehensive guidance for professionals, parents and carers on how to write successful and targeted Social Stories(TM) that will help develop the autistic spectrum child's understanding of social interaction. The book outlines the kinds of social challenges that people with ASD may experience and highlights the importance of learning social skills in meaningful contexts. An extended review of the guidelines for writing Social Stories(TM) will help writers to structure and develop their stories. The authors explain the key elements and highlight the potential difficulties that a writer may encounter, while providing encouragement and guidance through the various stages of what is often a challenging process. They include examples from their own professional experience, and suggest ways in which the Social Stories(TM) approach may enhance other strategies. Helpful advice on presentation and implementation is provided. Revealing the Hidden Social Code is essential reading for any professional, parent, carer or teacher wanting to employ Social Stories(TM) to develop social understanding in people with ASDs.

Autism I M Going To Make A New Friend

Author: Nicole Eshun
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781492969334
Size: 22.18 MB
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Autism I'm going to make a new friend is a book that will help others understand autism. It has been written from the point of view of a child, Jack a young autistic boy, but is for both children and adults as issued raised can be identifiable to both the young and the old. The story is powerful and will arouse your emotions as themes present in this book are isolation, anxiety and bullying. This delightful book demonstrates the importance of friendship, and comes complete with an activity.

The Key That Unlocked A Mystery

Author: Mark Hogan
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1465398791
Size: 39.61 MB
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In the rolling green hills of Ireland, in a beautiful country village there was a loving Irish family of 3 girls and 2 boys. The younger of the 2 boys was Mark. Although Mark seemed normal to his family, he was just a little more difficult to reason with. Autism spectrum disorder was hardly heard of, and very rare, not many people would have spoken about it, known about it, or even understood it, and Aspergers certainly was not even a word back then in the early 80s. Mark went to a mainstream Catholic primary school along with his brother and sisters, in a little village in the Irish countryside. Little do his parents know Mark had a very difficult time in school, but he always kept that to himself. He struggled with the everyday things that we all take for granted. Yes, he could talk and was very verbal but could only talk about his special interests. Thats when he seemed normal and a good conversationalist, and sometimes you would even really like him. But when the subject was changed or another person joined the conversation, thats when you realize he was different. Mark was unable to follow what was happening, and become nonverbal, and quickly other kids would notice this, and when asked of his thoughts on what they were talking about, they were left with a blank stare. This is where Mark come unstuck and would have no idea what was going on, and thats when others would begin to make fun of him. Mark preferred to be alone, but there is no escape in a small country village where every one knows your business. This exciting book reveals how Mark overcomes the struggles of his childhood and his teenage years, and the many different careers he slogged through, to become the fi ne young married man and father of two he is today. His insight into autism spectrum disorder is phenomenal and this is a must-read book for those trying to comprehend the disabling nature of this syndrome. Mark reveals how he got diagnosed with Aspergers at the age of 31 after the birth of his first child who was diagnosed with Autism. For Mark this was the key that unlocked the mystery of why he struggled to fi t in all of his life.

Key Learning Skills For Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders

Author: Thomas L. Whitman
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1849058644
Size: 74.31 MB
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Outlines a blueprint for an educational intervention program that addresses the myriad needs of children on the autism spectrum, examining related disorders within a developmental context while recommending techniques for addressing specific behavior problems. Original.

Louder Than Words

Author: Jenny McCarthy
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101213787
Size: 65.38 MB
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The New York Times bestseller that is an inspiring "story of hope" (People) for parents of autistic children One morning Jenny McCarthy was having a cup of coffee when she sensed something was wrong. She ran into her two-year-old son Evan's room and found him having a seizure. Doctor after doctor misdiagnosed Evan until, after many harrowing, life-threatening episodes, one good doctor discovered that Evan is autistic. With a foreword from Dr. David Feinberg, medical director of the Resnick Neuro-psychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and an introduction by Jerry J. Kartzinel, a top pediatric autism specialist, Louder Than Words follows Jenny as she discovered an intense combination of behavioral therapy, diet, and supplements that became the key to saving Evan from autism. Her story sheds much-needed light on autism through her own heartbreak, struggle, and ultimately hopeful example of how a parent can shape a child's life and happiness.

Children And Autism

Author: Ennio Cipani, PhD
Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing
ISBN: 1617050369
Size: 18.82 MB
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Children and Autism presents seven heartwarming and compelling stories of children who have triumphed over the challenge of autism. These are not stories of easy or simple remedies but in the end in each instance the child is indistinguishable from their same-age peers. Parents can draw hope and inspiration from these stories while also realizing that dedication, hard work, and perseverance are key elements to success. While these seven stories are the heart and soul of the book, Children and Autism is more than that. The book opens with a section on what autism and applied behavior analysis are. It closes with a comprehensive resource section that helps parent locate ABA resources, provides definitions, and offers advice on applying practices in the home. Children and Autism is also a celebration of progress in treating autism using ABA. The book provides parents with a model that they can identify with, cheer on, and draw hope and inspiration from.