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A mind apart : understanding children with autism and Asperger syndrome
Szatmari, Peter.
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New York : Guilford Press, [2004]

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xiv, 210 pages ; 23 cm
Stephen: the eccentric entomologist -- Heather: a world that revolves around a different axis -- Justin: listening to the architecture of the world -- Zachary: an obsession with death -- Sharon: seeing other minds darkly -- William: a world without metaphor -- Teddy: incongruous time, incongruous development -- Sally, Ann, and Danny: accepting the enigma, moving beyond the cause -- Trevor: mobiles and "miracles" -- Ernest: the view from the bridge -- Frankie: learning and forgetting at school -- Sophie: acceptance without resignation.

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RJ506.A9 S99 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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.

Author Notes

Peter Szatmari 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.

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Library Journal Review

Szatmari (psychiatry & behavioral neurosciences, McMaster Univ., Ont.) serves as the director of the Canadian Autism Intervention Research Network and has worked with ASD people for more than 20 years. In this excellent book, he takes a novel tack: using personal narratives to introduce and describe ASD traits. Instead of illustrating a concept with brief passages, Szatmari discusses 12 concepts of ASD via 12 in-depth profiles. Readers will meet "Justin," a 30-year-old with acute hearing and an obsession with sounds (so much that he can hear computer speed by ear); "Heather," a little girl who does not like to be touched by her mother; and "Sharon," a 41-year-old architect who has many traits of autism, including the theory of mind (i.e., the inability to acknowledge others). In these vivid descriptions, we see a greater variety of people with ASD than we normally do in the literature. Highly recommended for academic libraries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

1 The Eccentric EntomologistStephen
2 A World That Revolves around a Different AxisHeather
3 Listening to the Architecture of the WorldJustin
4 An Obsession with DeathZachary
5 Seeing Other Minds DarklySharon
6 A World without MetaphorWilliam
7 Asynchronous Time, Asynchronous DevelopmentTeddy
8 Accepting the Enigma, Moving Beyond the CauseSally and Ann and Danny
9 Mobiles and "Miracles"Trevor
10 The View from the BridgeErnest
11 Learning and Forgetting at SchoolFrankie
12 Acceptance without ResignationSophie
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