The Autistic Brain: Exploring the Strength of a Different Kind of Mind

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Temple Grandin, Richard Panek

  • The Autistic Brain
  • The Autistic Brain
    Offers the latest research and science on autism, including new neuroimaging and genetic research that provide new theories on what causes autism spectrum disorders as well as new ways to treat and diagnose them.

240 pages
2014
ISBN: 9781846044496

A cutting-edge account of the latest science of autism, from the best-selling author and advocate Temple Grandin: a Time Magazine top 100 Hero and an inspiration to millions worldwide.

Since she started writing and speaking about autism, the number of people diagnosed with it has skyrocketed; but so has the research that is transforming our understanding of the autistic brain. Now Temple Grandin brings her singular perspective to a thrilling journey through the autism revolution. Weaving her own experience as an autistic person with remarkable new discoveries, she introduces the neuroimaging advances and genetic research that link brain science to behaviour, even sharing her own brain scans from numerous studies. We meet the scientists and self-advocates who are introducing innovative theories of what causes, how we diagnose, and how best to treat autism.

She highlights long-ignored sensory problems and the treatments that might help them, and warns of the dangers of politics defining the diagnosis of autism spectrum. Most exciting, is the science that has begun to reveal the long-overlooked strengths conferred by autism, offering a route to more effective mainstreaming and a way to unleash the unique advantages of autistic people.

From the "aspies" in Silicon Valley to the five-year-old without language, Grandin understands the true meaning of the word spectrum. The Autistic Brain is essential reading from the most respected and beloved voices in the field.

"An extraordinary source of inspiration for autistic children, their parents - and all people."
- Time

"Grandin has reached a stunning level of sophistication about herself and the science of autism. Her observations will assist not only fellow autistics and families with affected members, but also researchers and physicians seeking to better understand the condition."
- The New York Review of Books

"Grandin has helped us understand autism not just as a phenomenon, but as a different but coherent mode of existence that otherwise confounds us…She excels at finding concrete examples that reveal the perceptual and social limitations of autistic and 'neurotypical' people alike."
- New York Times