Autism and the Edges of the Known World: Sensitivities, Language and Constructed Reality

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Jan 15, 2011 - Psychology - 224 pages
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In this intelligent and incisive book, Olga Bogdashina explores old and new theories of sensory perception and communication in autism. Drawing on linguistics, philosophy, neuroscience, psychology, anthropology and quantum mechanics, she looks at how the nature of the senses inform an individual's view of the world, and how language both reflects and constructs that view. Examining the 'whys' and 'hows' of the senses, and the role of language, Olga Bogdashina challenges common perceptions of what it means to be 'normal' and 'abnormal'. In doing so she shows that autism can help to illuminate our understanding of what it means to be human, and of how we develop faculties that shape our cognition, language, and behaviour. In the final chapter, she explores phenomena often associated with the paranormal - including premonitions, telepathy and déjà vu - and shows that these can largely be explained in natural terms. This book will appeal to anyone with a personal or professional interest in autism, including students and researchers, clinical practitioners, individuals on the autism spectrum and their families, teachers, speech and occupational therapists, and other professionals.
 

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Contents

Introduction
12
1 Sensory Realities
16
2 Filtering Model
28
A Few Questions to Ask
44
4 Gestalt Perception
52
5 Sensory Perceptual Development
66
6 Hidden Agenda of Language
92
7 NonVerbal Communication
132
8 Sensory Hypersensitivities
164
Before We Go Further
172
10 Extrasensory Realities in Autism With Possible Explanations
186
AFTERWORD
196
REFERENCES
200
SUBJECT INDEX
218
AUTHOR INDEX
222
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Olga Bogdashina, MA Education (Autism), PhD (Linguistics) has worked extensively in the field of autism as teacher, lecturer and researcher, with a particular interest in sensory-perceptual and communication problems in autism. Since 1994, she has been the director of the first Day Centre for autistic children in Ukraine and the President of the Autism Society, Ukraine. Olga teaches and lectures around the world. She is currently a Visiting Lecturer at Birmingham University and Consultant Psychologist for Services for Adults with Autism, UK. She has an adult son with autism.

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