Challenging The Myths Of Autism: Unlock New Possibilities and Hope

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HarperCollins Canada, Aug 23, 2011 - Family & Relationships - 272 pages
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How many times have you heard that people with autism lack creativity? That they reject affection or suffer from mental retardation? As the number of children diagnosed with autism surges, researchers and educators are racing to define the amorphous nature of this spectrum disorder and its wide range of symptoms. But in trying to characterize this widely varying group, people often perpetuate a host of limiting and potentially damaging misconceptions in the media, in academic journals and even in textbooks. These myths don’t hold up when examined, and they don’t reflect Jonathan Alderson’s experience working with more than 2,000 children and families over two decades.

Provocative and meticulously researched, Challenging the Myths of Autism looks at the most prevalent fallacies, explains how they developed, examines why dispelling them matters and, most importantly, sets out a new understanding that will change the way parents and professionals view autism. With examples from his own practice, Alderson charts a whole new realm of possibilities for treatment and research.


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CHAPTER ONETHE MYTH OF AFFECTIONChildren with Autism Avoid and Cant Share Affection
CHAPTER TWO THE MYTH OF RITUALSRepetitious Behaviours Stims Are Bad and Should Be Stopped
CHAPTER THREE THE MYTH OF SOCIALIZATIONChildren with Autism Should Be Pushed to Socialize as Early as Possible
CHAPTER FOUR THE MYTH OF EVIDENCEApplied Behaviour Analysis ABA Is the Only EvidenceBased Treatment for Autism
CHAPTER FIVE THE MYTH OF IQMost Children with Autism Have Mental Retardation
CHAPTER SIX THE MYTH OF THE FIVEYEAR WINDOWChildren with Autism Lose Their Chance to Change Once They Turn Five
CHAPTER SEVEN THE MYTH OF IMAGINATIONChildren with Autism Lack Imagination and Creativity
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JONATHAN ALDERSON is an autism treatment specialist and Founder/Director of the innovative Intensive Multi-Treatment Intervention Program. A graduate of Harvard University, with experience as a Curriculum Specialist Coordinator with Teach For America, he has trained at the Son-Rise Program in Massachusetts, where he worked as program administrator and a senior therapist trainer. Now based in Toronto, Jonathan is a sought-after speaker and instructor working with children and families around the world. He is the author of Challenging the Myths of Autism, winner of the 2012 International Book Award for parent resource. In 2010, Jonathan was named nominee for The Globe and Mail’s 25 Transformational Canadians.

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