A Mind Apart: Understanding Children with Autism and Asperger Syndrome

A Mind Apart has 74 ratings and 14 reviews. Becky said: Three Read saving A Mind Apart: Understanding Children with Autism and Asperger Syndrome.
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This book was intended to fill the gaps for parents, families, carers and teachers between a diagnosis of ASD and the frenzied searching panic that follows. I maintain it completes it's objective well; a comforting, realistic look into the mysterious minds of those with autism spectrum disorder. The author goes to great lengths to emphasize the uniqueness and strengths of those with the condition as well as detail what can be done to help them overcome their specific deficits. The author presents a message of hope, while still promoting acceptance and awareness of the prognosis of the condition.

Those with anxiety of where to start treatment will find plenty of helpful suggestions based on best-practice evidence based medicine. The author also deals with "alternative" etiology theories, including diets, "toxins", heavy metals and vaccines. All of this is dealt with a healthy dose of skepticism, which is core to the scientific method. True to the form of an empiricist, the author does not rule out these alternative theories, but instead says there is "no scientific evidence".

This is perhaps the reason for the somewhat low ratings despite an excellent book; proponents of the "vaccines cause autism theory" expect to have their opinions validated in print by real scientists and instead of revising their worldview when the experts don't agree decide to leave a nasty review.

My main criticism lies in the authors writing style. While consistently evocative and beautifully personal, the author relies on extended use of protracted metaphors, which can become quite tiresome after a developmental disorder is described as a river, a journey or a road for the umpteenth time.

Nevertheless, nitpicking, a solid read that I thoroughly enjoyed and learned much from. Feb 03, Kristine Hansen rated it liked it Shelves: This wasn't everything I hoped it would be. I came at this book years ago and then put it down because the diagnosis of my son was new and I was hoping for answers. This doesn't really provide very many of those I don't think. Instead you have case studies Lots and lots of case studies, along with some pretty weighty science and explanation and he admits there isn't a lot of explanation and description of various therapies used on those patients with varying degrees of success.

There This wasn't everything I hoped it would be.

A Mind Apart: Understanding Children with Autism and Asperger Syndrome

There are better books out there to explain autism. There are also more interesting personal stories. This might serve well as an introduction, and it carries interest in discovering the wide range of auistic behavior. But if you are looking for solid, easy to understand practical information, this isn't the book for you. Jan 25, Mrs. Missive rated it really liked it. This book blends personal stories of autistic children with what we can learn from them as told by the doctor who treated them. This book is a series of individual stories, and had a broad spectrum of behaviors.

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Using snipets of dialogue and real life examples the points the author was trying to convey about how a child on the autism spectrum learns and interacts with the world was very clear. This was an interesting read and due to the fact it was sectioned off well with well titled chapters, I This book blends personal stories of autistic children with what we can learn from them as told by the doctor who treated them. This was an interesting read and due to the fact it was sectioned off well with well titled chapters, I found it easy to skip around in.

Apr 28, Kristine rated it it was ok.

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I got a little frustrated with the way he treated some of the parents when he didn't agree with them, and his dismissal of theories of the causes of autism with no allowance that perhaps he is wrong. I'm not sure what I expected out of this book, but it was a let-down after reading Temple Grandin.

If you want to learn more about how the autistic mind works, read one of her books instead. Jan 17, Steph rated it really liked it. This book was easy to read and covered a vast amunt of info about ASD and kids. I enjoyed his style of writing and could feel his respect, compassion and awe through his stories. A great read and very recommended! Mar 30, Aneta rated it liked it. This book is a good book to read for people that want to know what autism actually is. It has stories, examples and some advices.

A Mind Apart Understanding Children with Autism and Asperger Syndrome

Zachary Zachary had an obsession with death. He constantly asked his mother who would replace this person if this person died. If she'd answer say a different answer, he'd be very upset. When Frank Sinatra died, he extended his questions beyond the immediate family. Summary - Each Chapter brings a new character - Gives great perception on Autism in multiple people - Learn things through the views of the parents and the psychologist - Sympathy for kids and their struggles.

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Now, I don't really have a career I'm not very good at the social stuff to build one, but I'm strong academically , and my marriage to a neurotypical has basically fallen apart and is awaiting its official burial in the court systems, so I'm not a great example either. But I know of at least two people in the local Asperger's group who I consider to be of a similar functional level to myself who have successful relationships and careers.

I don't really see what either have to do with diagnostics. I have read many Autism books and I am always looking to find out more info about this. I picked this book up at the library and I mainly skimmed the book. It was very boring. Chapter 11 Learning and forgetting at school was the only chapter in the whole book that was informative.

It explained my son to a tee. The school system does not understand children with autism. They don't understand they learn different, Their behavior is not always them acting defiant. There are many other books on this subject that are much better such as Autism for dummies.. Extremely outdated and almost offensive in its ignorance! Written in entertaining short story format, this book is not just another generic list of symptoms. Issues are discussed in depth. This book demonstrates clearly that people with autism spectrum disorders ASD are not only different from typical people, but different from eachother.

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