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Sensing the City: An Autistic Perspective

by Sandra Beale-Ellis Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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How do the sights, smells, and sounds of a city affect the senses of people with an Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC)?   


Sandra Beale-Ellis explores the sensory benefits and challenges of cities for people with an ASC and invites readers to understand the different ways in which they can experience a city from a sensory perspective. Sandra, who has been clinically diagnosed as having Asperger's Syndrome, describes how she experiences the city through the lens of ASC, picking up on things that a neurotypical (non-autistic) person might not. As well as introducing the wonders of the city that neurotypical people rarely see, this book also provides readers who have an ASC with solutions to the negative or overwhelming sensory experiences that a city can bring about. The book covers four main areas of city life: travel, eating out, entertainment and living.

Introduction. 1. Making Sense of Autism. GETTING AROUND. 2. Streetwise. 3. Come Fly With Me. 4. Derailed. 5. Aquatics. EATING OUT. 6. Food and Drink Revealed. 7. I Love a Plate. 8. Where and When. 9. People Make a Difference. CITY LIVING. 10. Home From Home. 11. At One with Nature. 12. Retail Therapy. 13. Relax. 14. Body Beautiful. 15. Health is Vital. ENTERTAINMENT. 16. Showbiz. 17. In the Dark. 18. Fancy a Drink? 19. Cultured History. 20. Living a Theme. 21. Thrill of the Crowd.

This book makes it clear just how important sensory sensitivities can be to an autistic individual. Whilst these are usually seen in a negative light, the author stresses the positive aspects as well, and in doing so, follows in the footsteps of Temple Grandin and others.
Sandra Beale-Ellis, Foreword by Luke Beardon.