A Mind Apart: Understanding Children with Autism and Asperger Syndrome

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en Limba Engleză Carte Paperback – April 2004
How do you know if your child is happy or sad, tired or hungry, when all he wants to talk about is wasps/m-/or the color of subway train doors? What can you do to reassure a nine-year-old who asks questions about death hundreds of times in a day? And how can you build a nurturing relationship when your little girl hates to be touched? Raising a child with autism or Asperger syndrome (AS) may challenge all of your notions about how children behave and what good parenting demands. You may even feel completely cut off from the child you love. That's why understanding how children with autism spectrum disorders actually think and feel/m-/and the striking ways in which their minds work differently from those of typical children/m-/is so important. Guiding your child toward more meaningful involvement in everyday life requires more than patience and persistence. You first need to enter and explore your child's unusual inner world, as Dr. Peter Szatmari invites you to do in this compelling book. With the grace of a gifted storyteller and the wisdom of a seasoned practitioner, Dr. Szatmari shares the stories of over a dozen children and families with whom he has worked. He reveals that peo
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ISBN-13: 9781572305441
ISBN-10: 1572305444
Pagini: 210
Dimensiuni: 154 x 227 x 14 mm
Greutate: 0.27 kg
Ediția: New.
Editura: Guilford Publications


Stephen: The Eccentric Entomologist. Heather: A World That Revolves around a Different Axis. Justin: Listening to the Architecture of the World. Zachary: An Obsession with Death. Sharon: Seeing Other Minds Darkly. William: A World without Metaphor. Teddy: Asynchronous Time, Asynchronous Development. Sally, Ann, and Danny: Accepting the Enigma, Moving Beyond the Cause. Trevor: Mobiles and 'Miracles'. Ernest: The View from the Bridge. Frankie: Learning and Forgetting at School. Sophie: Acceptance without Resignation. Bibliography. Resources.

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Why would a child refuse to talk about anything but wasp wings - or the colour of subway train doors? What does it mean when a nine-year-old asks questions about death hundreds of times a day? And how can parents build a close relationship with a little girl who hates to be touched? In this compassionate book, leading autism authority Dr. Peter Szatmari shows that children with autism spectrum disorders act the way they do because they think in vastly different ways than other people. Dr. Szatmari shares the compelling stories of children he has treated who hear everyday conversation like a foreign language or experience hugs like the clamp of a vise. Understanding this unusual inner world - and appreciating the unique strengths that thinking differently can bestow - will help parents relate to their children more meaningfully, and make the outer world a less scary place.

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Peter Szatmari, has been working with children with autism and pervasive developmental disorders and their families for over 20 years, and has consulted to government agencies in the U.S., Canada, and around the world. He is currently Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, Vice-Chair of Research, and Head of the Division of Child Psychiatry at McMaster University in Canada.


"We are far from having a complete understanding of autism and Asperger syndrome, but Dr. Peter Szatmari has done an unsurpassed job of shedding light on how children with these disorders feel and act. The cases he recounts in this book touch on many different aspects of autism, including both the numerous problems that children and their families face and the successes they can achieve. The book also bears witness to the courage and perseverance of parents who, all too frequently, must struggle to find appropriate support from clinicians and educators. An enlightening and welcome resource for many, many families, and one that should also be read by all professionals in the field."--Patricia Howlin, PhD, Department of Psychology, St. George's Hospital Medical School, University of London, UK; coauthor of "Teaching Children with Autism to Mind-Read" "A landmark book in terms of style and content. Dr. Szatmari explores and describes the world as perceived by people with autism to explain their unusual behaviour and abilities, and discusses scientific theories and current therapies as well as causes and prognosis. The book is written objectively and engagingly, with literary skill and a sense of optimism that will be particularly appealing to parents. Dr. Szatmari clearly appreciates and admires the minds of children with autism, and is able to explain those minds to parents while providing realistic advice on remedial strategies."--Tony Attwood, PhD, author of A"sperger Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals" "Dr. Szatmari's book embodies the best of that singular tradition in which science is matched against disability, one child at a time. A clinician, scientist, and keen observer of human nature, Dr. Szatmari weaves a deeply empathic and comprehensive account of autism and related disabilities. The stories he recounts illuminate the daily challenges and triumphs that children experience, while revealing his passion for discovery and healing.e