The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013 - Family & Relationships - 240 pages
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A cutting-edge account of the latest science of autism, from the best-selling author and advocate

When Temple Grandin was born in 1947, autism had only just been named. Today it is more prevalent than ever, with one in 88 children diagnosed on the spectrum. And our thinking about it has undergone a transformation in her lifetime: Autism studies have moved from the realm of psychology to neurology and genetics, and there is far more hope today than ever before thanks to groundbreaking new research into causes and treatments. Now Temple Grandin reports from the forefront of autism science, bringing her singular perspective to a thrilling journey into the heart of the autism revolution.

Weaving her own experience with remarkable new discoveries, Grandin introduces the neuroimaging advances and genetic research that link brain science to behavior, even sharing her own brain scan to show us which anomalies might explain common symptoms. We meet the scientists and self-advocates who are exploring innovative theories of what causes autism and how we can diagnose and best treat it. Grandin also highlights long-ignored sensory problems and the transformative effects we can have by treating autism symptom by symptom, rather than with an umbrella diagnosis. Most exciting, she argues that raising and educating kids on the spectrum isn't just a matter of focusing on their weaknesses; in the science that reveals their long-overlooked strengths she shows us new ways to foster their unique contributions.

From the ďaspiesĒ in Silicon Valley to the five-year-old without language, Grandin understands the true meaning of the word spectrum. The Autistic Brain is essential reading from the most respected and beloved voices in the field.


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Very readable prose. - Goodreads
Good insight to Autistic thinking. - Goodreads
This is a thorough review of research into autism. - Goodreads
I am as usual, impressed with Temple and her writing. - Goodreads
Dr. Grandin give some great advice for all people. - Goodreads
Great insight into the mind of an autistic person! - Goodreads

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User Review  - Jonathan Gallo - Goodreads

This book is a must read for education majors, primarily special education educators. The book offers a great insight into the autistic mind. It helps dispel notions and preconceived notions. Read full review

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User Review  - Donna Alqassar - Goodreads

I love Temple! She is incredibly candid and provides first hand knowledge on what it is like to have Autism. Read full review


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TEMPLE GRANDIN is one of the world's most accomplished and well-known adults with autism. She is a professor at Colorado State University and the author of several best-selling books, which have sold more than a million copies. The HBO movie based on her life, starring Claire Danes, received seven Emmy Awards.

RICHARD PANEK is the prize-winning author of The 4% Universe and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Science Writing.

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