THE SCIENCE AND FICTION OF AUTISM

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Harvard University Press, 2005 - Family & Relationships - 293 pages
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Autism is a complex and incurable constellation of bizarre behaviors, impaired cognition, limited language, and most distressingly, a lack of responsiveness to other people, and it has been the center of impassioned debates for decades. What is it? What causes it? How can it be treated?

In The Science and Fiction of Autism, one of the country's leading experts in behavioral treatments approaches autism through the context of its controversies, showing where extraordinary and unfounded claims have falsely raised hopes, stirred fears, and ruined lives. Arguing that autism is an entirely biological disorder, however complex its neurological origins, Laura Schreibman lays waste to the beliefs that it is caused by "refrigerator mothers" or the MMR vaccine, as well as to the simplistic claims that it can be cured by a variety of unsubstantiated treatments.

Drawing from her own long clinical experience with autistic children and their parents, Schreibman arms her readers--students, educators, psychologists, and parents alike--with information and arguments to deal with the onslaught of good, bad, deficient, and irrelevant ideas about autism.

 

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Schreibman (director, Autism Research Program, Univ. of California, San Diego) has written a solid if conservative book outlining our current understanding of and misperceptions about the causes and ... Read full review

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A very interesting text, but in a curious way one that is just about an historical artifact in 2013. And doubtless as time passes a book that will only confuse future readers. This text was written ... Read full review

Contents

Critical Evaluation of Issues in Autism
6
Characteristics of Autism
26
Diagnosis and Assessment
49
What Causes Autism?
75
Are There Core Deficits in Autism?
109
Developing Treatments That Work
132
Are Other Treatments Effective?
169
Miracle Cures or Bogus Treatments?
202
Early Intervention Recovery and Best Treatment
228
Educate Autistic Children
253
Epilogue
267
Notes
269
Index
289
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Laura Schreibman is Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of the Autism Research Program at the University of California at San Diego.

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