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A Mind Apart : Understanding Children with Autism and Asperger Syndrome - Peter Szatmari

A Mind Apart

Understanding Children with Autism and Asperger Syndrome

Paperback Published: 17th June 2004
ISBN: 9781572305441
Number Of Pages: 210

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CRITICAL ACCLAIM 'A landmark book in terms of style and content. Dr. Szatmari explores and describes the world as perceived by people with autism to explain their unusual behavior and abilities, and discusses scientific theories and current therapies as well as causes and prognosis. The book is written objectively and engagingly, with literary skill and a sense of optimism that will be particularly appealing to parents. Dr. Szatmari clearly appreciates and admires the minds of children with autism, and is able to explain those minds to parents while providing realistic advice on remedial strategies.' --- Tony Attwood, PhD, author of 'Asperger Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals'

'We are far from having a complete understanding of autism and Asperger syndrome, but Dr. Peter Szatmari has done an unsurpassed job of shedding light on how children with these disorders feel and act. The cases he recounts in this book touch on many different aspects of autism, including both the numerous problems that children and their families face and the successes they can achieve. The book also bears witness to the courage and perseverance of parents who, all too frequently, must struggle to find appropriate support from clinicians and educators. An enlightening and welcome resource for many, many families, and one that should also be read by all professionals in the field.' --- Patricia Howlin, PhD, coauthor of Teaching Children with Autism to Mind-Read

'Dr. Szatmari's book embodies the best of that singular tradition in which science is matched against disability, one child at a time. A clinician, scientist, and keen observer of human nature, Dr. Szatmari weaves a deeply empathic and comprehensive account of autism and related disabilities. The stories he recounts illuminate the daily challenges and triumphs that children experience, while revealing his passion for discovery and healing. The result is extraordinarily rewarding reading for families affected by autism and for the professionals who serve them.' --- Ami Klin, PhD, coeditor of 'Asperger Syndrome' 'This unique and beautiful book takes you on a voyage to the unusual world of children and young adults with Asperger syndrome (AS). In close and personal detail, Dr. Szatmari describes the struggles of families to understand their children and to understand how they themselves are changed by their children. At the same time, the book brings to life key principles in our scientific understanding of this disorder. A brilliant teaching tool, this is a book that should be read by every clinician and every parent of a child with AS.' --- Bryna Siegel, MD, author of 'Helping Children with Autism Learn'

Why would a child refuse to talk about anything but wasp wings - or the color of subway train doors? What does it mean when a nine-year-old asks questions about death hundreds of times a day? And how can parents build a close relationship with a little girl who hates to be touched? In this compassionate book, leading autism authority Dr. Peter Szatmari shows that children with autism spectrum disorders act the way they do because they think in vastly different ways than other people. Dr. Szatmari shares the compelling stories of children he has treated who hear everyday conversation like a foreign language or experience hugs like the clamp of a vise. Understanding this unusual inner world-and appreciating the unique strengths that thinking differently can bestow-will help parents relate to their children more meaningfully, and make the 'outer world' a less scary place.

KEY FEATURES: * Presents much-needed new insights on a top-selling topic. * Beautifully written stories unveil the autistic mind so parents can better understand and connect with their child. * Enables comprehension of seemingly erratic behavior, helping relieve parents' daily frustrations. * From a leading expert who writes with profound empathy for the challenges that children and families face.

AUDIENCE: Families coping with the challenges of autism spectrum disorders: interested general readers and psychology students: teachers, therapists, and others who work with children with pervasive developmental disabilities.

PETER SZATMARI, MD, has been working with children with autism and pervasive developmental disorders and their families for over 20 years, and has consulted to government agencies in the U.S., Canada, and around the world. He is currently Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, Vice-Chair of Research, and Head of the Division of Child Psychiatry at McMaster University in Canada.

CONTENTS: 1. Stephen: The Eccentric Entomologist 2. Heather: A World That Revolves around a Different Axis 3. Justin: Listening to the Architecture of the World 4. Zachary: An Obsession with Death 5. Sharon: Seeing Other Minds Darkly 6. William: A World without Metaphor 7. Teddy: Asynchronous Time, Asynchronous Development 8. Sally, Ann, and Danny: Accepting the Enigma, Moving Beyond the Cause 9. Trevor: Mobiles and 'Miracles' 10. Ernest: The View from the Bridge 11. Frankie: Learning and Forgetting at School 12. Sophie: Acceptance without Resignation

"We are far from having a complete understanding of autism and Asperger syndrome, but Dr. Peter Szatmari has done an unsurpassed job of shedding light on how children with these disorders feel and act. The cases he recounts in this book touch on many different aspects of autism, including both the numerous problems that children and their families face and the successes they can achieve. The book also bears witness to the courage and perseverance of parents who, all too frequently, must struggle to find appropriate support from clinicians and educators. An enlightening and welcome resource for many, many families, and one that should also be read by all professionals in the field."--Patricia Howlin, PhD, Department of Psychology, St. George's Hospital Medical School, University of London, UK; coauthor of Teaching Children with Autism to Mind-Read

"A landmark book in terms of style and content. Dr. Szatmari explores and describes the world as perceived by people with autism to explain their unusual behaviour and abilities, and discusses scientific theories and current therapies as well as causes and prognosis. The book is written objectively and engagingly, with literary skill and a sense of optimism that will be particularly appealing to parents. Dr. Szatmari clearly appreciates and admires the minds of children with autism, and is able to explain those minds to parents while providing realistic advice on remedial strategies."--Tony Attwood, PhD, author of Asperger Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals

"Dr. Szatmari's book embodies the best of that singular tradition in which science is matched against disability, one child at a time. A clinician, scientist, and keen observer of human nature, Dr. Szatmari weaves a deeply empathic and comprehensive account of autism and related disabilities. The stories he recounts illuminate the daily challenges and triumphs that children experience, while revealing his passion for discovery and healing. The result is extraordinarily rewarding reading for families affected by autism and for the professionals who serve them."--Ami Klin, PhD, Yale Child Study Center

"This unique and beautiful book takes you on a voyage to the unusual world of children and young adults with autism and AS. In close and personal detail, Dr. Szatmari describes the struggles of families to understand their children and to understand how they themselves are changed by their children. At the same time, the book brings to life key principles in our scientific understanding of these disorders. This brilliant work should be read by all parents and all clinicians involved in helping children with autism and AS."--Bryna Siegel, PhD, author of Helping Children with Autism Learn

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xii
Stephen: The Eccentric Entomologistp. 1
Heather: A World That Revolves around a Different Axisp. 16
Justin: Listening to the Architecture of the Worldp. 27
Zachary: An Obsession with Deathp. 44
Sharon: Seeing Other Minds Darklyp. 59
William: A World without Metaphorp. 79
Teddy: Incongruous Time, Incongruous Developmentp. 96
Sally, Ann, and Danny: Accepting the Enigma, Moving Beyond the Causep. 114
Trevor: Mobiles and "Miracles"p. 133
Ernest: The View from the Bridgep. 148
Frankie: Learning and Forgetting at Schoolp. 160
Sophie: Acceptance without Resignationp. 174
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ISBN: 9781572305441
ISBN-10: 1572305444
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 210
Published: 17th June 2004
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.28