Elijah's Cup: A Family's Journey Into the Community and Culture of High-functioning Autism and Asperger's Syndrome

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2005 - Education - 235 pages
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This provocative and pioneering book is both a refreshing exploration of the history of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and a powerful story of the author's own struggle with her son Elijah's Asperger's Syndrome.

From her first inklings of Elijah's difference to her discovery of a whole spectrum of another way of life that includes everything from civil rights organizations for autistics to Asperger artists, Valerie Paradiz describes how she decided to cross what she calls 'cultural boundaries' to overcome her fears about her son's condition. Her inspiring narrative offers compelling insights into daily life with Elijah's Asperger's syndrome and her own 'shadow syndrome', which affects many family members of autistics. It is also a celebration of the idiosyncratic beauty of the Asperger mind and the sense of mutual support and self-respect in the ASD community.

This revised edition includes a contribution from Elijah and a new chapter that brings the story up-to-date: the author successfully sets up a specialist educational unit for Asperger pupils, Elijah experiences his first two years of school, and the author's dawning recognition of her own Asperger's Syndrome leads to major life changes.

Elijah's Cup offers moving and insightful observations as well as factual information for parents and anyone working with people with ASDs.

 

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ELIJAH'S CUP: A Family's Journey into the Culture and Community of High-Functioning Autism and Asperger's Syndrome

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This insightful memoir by the mother of a boy with a high-functioning form of autism includes a history of the disorder, a look at present-day activists, and psychological profiles of well-known ... Read full review

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
9
PREFACE
11
A NOTE ON LANGUAGE
14
Elijahs Cup
15
The Gift of Loss
28
Perfect Strangers
41
The Coincidence of Sharron Loree
54
Nietzsche in the Bathtub
67
Cartoons Dont Get Hurt
129
Life Under Glass
149
Playground Comedian
169
Cracking Code
192
Epilogue
209
A Few Words from Elijah
219
WEBSITES BY AND FOR AUTISTIC PEOPLE AND FOR AUTISTIC ADVOCACY
221
NOTES
223

My Father Was a Yakker
82
Echolalia Fun Fun Fun
101
Balloon Days
112

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About the author (2005)

Valerie Paradiz holds a Ph.D. in German Literature from City University of New York and has taught German and writing at Bard College, Brooklyn College, and the State University of New York, New Paltz. She is the co-founder and director of ASPIE, the School for Autistic Strength, Purpose and Independence in Education and sits on the Board of Directors of GRASP, the Global Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership.

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