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Mind Apart: Understanding Children with Autism and Asperger Syndrome

by Peter Szatmari Guilford Publications
Pub Date:
04/2004
ISBN:
9781572305441
Format:
Pbk 210 pages
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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

1. Stephen: The Eccentric Entomologist2. Heather: A World That Revolves around a Different Axis3. Justin: Listening to the Architecture of the World4. Zachary: An Obsession with Death5. Sharon: Seeing Other Minds Darkly6. William: A World without Metaphor7. Teddy: Asynchronous Time, Asynchronous Development8. Sally, Ann, and Danny: Accepting the Enigma, Moving Beyond the Cause9. Trevor: Mobiles and "Miracles"10. Ernest: The View from the Bridge11. Frankie: Learning and Forgetting at School12. Sophie: Acceptance without ResignationBibliography or Resources

"This is a must read for anyone involved in the life of a child with autism spectrum disorders. Its unique presentation offers unparalleled insight into the origin of the atypical behaviors of children with this affliction by entering their world, or 'foreign country,' as the author describes it....Weighted Numerical Score: 96 - 4 Stars!"
Peter Szatmari, 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.