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In this compassionate book, leading autism authority Dr. Peter Szatmari shows that children wi Why would a child refuse to talk about anything but wasp wings-or the color of subway train doors? Peter Szatmari shows that children with autism spectrum disorders act the way they do because they think in vastly different ways than other people.
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. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about A Mind Apartplease sign up. Lists with This Book.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Jan 12, Becky rated it really liked it. Three things stand out as positives about this book.
One, Szatmari explains the different types of ASD and how to tell them apart, and he does this more clearly than anyone else I’ve read.
Two, he outlines the difference between real science and junk science, freely admits that real science has very unsatisfying and szaatmari answers about autism at this stage of the game, and helps parents figure out what’s chaff and what’s good stuff as far as current autism treatments go.
Peger, he finds positiv Three things stand out as positives about this book. Third, he finds positive things about people satmari autism and encourages the rest of the world to learn to think of autistic people’s perspectives as valuable to the world rather than merely detrimental. On that last point, though, he can sometimes wax a little too poetic; I couldn’t help thinking if he were tearing his hair out with his own autistic kid throwing tantrums at home, he might not be quite so starry-eyed at times.
But I do appreciate apzrt clinician who can see autistic people as PEOPLE rather than as their condition, as well as a clinician who offers hope rather than all gloom and doom. Szatmari also has a tendency toward wordiness; I found my eyes glazing over several times.
But on the whole, I found this a far more valuable book than most I’ve read on autism. I’m going to be passing this one on to others. Jul 25, Beth Meyers added it. Accessible, informing and moving, this is one of the better nonfiction books I’ve read epter a long while. Szatmari’s approach explains the world of children with autism using individual case studies to illustrate certain principles, such as insistence on sameness in individuals with autism, sszatmari the medical community knows and doesn’t know about causes, the importance of early intervention, and so on.
But by far the most important information comes in the form of his subtle understanding of how Accessible, informing and moving, this is one of the better nonfiction books I’ve read in a long while. But by far the most important information comes in the form of his subtle understanding of how children with autism perceive the world around them, and his recognition ezatmari how valuable that perception can be.
Dec 08, Aaron rated it really liked it Shelves: A solid introduction to ASD and many other related conditions. The author helps you explore what it is like, from a first hand perspective, to be mind-blind. To live apart from other minds, unaware of their intentions, thoughts and feelings. The first person phenomenological perspective is backed up by plenty of hard science, although this book was published in and I feel that some of the information could be rather dated by this stage.
This book was intended to fill the gaps for parents, fa A solid introduction to ASD and many other related conditions.
This book was intended to fill the gaps for parents, families, carers and teachers between a diagnosis of ASD and the frenzied searching panic that follows. Mjnd maintain it completes it’s objective well; a comforting, realistic look into the mysterious minds of those with autism spectrum disorder. The author goes to great lengths to emphasize the uniqueness and strengths of those with the condition as well as detail what can be done to help them overcome their specific deficits.
Apsrt author presents a message of hope, while still promoting acceptance and awareness of the prognosis of the condition. Those with anxiety of where to start treatment will find plenty of helpful suggestions based on best-practice evidence based medicine. The author also deals with “alternative” etiology theories, including diets, “toxins”, heavy metals and vaccines.
All of this is dealt with a healthy dose of skepticism, which is core to the scientific method. True to the form of an empiricist, the author does not rule out these alternative theories, but instead says there is “no scientific evidence”. This is perhaps the reason for the somewhat low ratings despite an excellent book; proponents of the “vaccines cause autism theory” expect to have their opinions validated in print by real scientists and instead of revising their worldview when the experts don’t agree decide to leave a nasty review.
My main criticism lies in the authors writing style. While consistently evocative and beautifully personal, the author relies on extended use of protracted metaphors, which can become quite tiresome after a developmental disorder is described as a river, a journey or a road for the umpteenth time.
Nevertheless, nitpicking, a solid read that I thoroughly enjoyed and learned much from. Feb 03, Kristine Hansen rated it liked it Shelves: This wasn’t everything I hoped it would be. I came at this book years ago and then put it down because the diagnosis of my son was new and I was hoping for answers.
This doesn’t really provide very many of those I don’t think. Instead you have case studies Lots and lots of case studies, along with some pretty weighty science and explanation and he admits there isn’t a lot of explanation and description of various therapies used on those patients with varying degrees of success.
There This wasn’t everything I hoped it would be. There are better books out there to explain autism. There are also more interesting personal stories. This might serve well as an introduction, and it carries interest in discovering the wide range of auistic behavior. But if you are looking for solid, easy to understand practical information, this isn’t the book for you.
Jan 25, Mrs. Missive rated it really liked it. This book blends personal stories of autistic children with what we can learn from them as told by the doctor who treated them. This book is a series of individual stories, and had a broad spectrum of behaviors.
Using snipets of dialogue and real life examples the points the author was trying to convey about how a child on the autism spectrum learns and interacts with the world was very clear. This was an interesting read and due to the fact it was sectioned off well with well titled chapters, I This book blends personal stories of autistic children with what we can learn from them as told by the doctor who treated them.
A Mind Apart : Understanding Children with Autism and Asperger Syndrome
This was an interesting read and due to the fact it was sectioned off well with well titled chapters, I found it easy to skip around in. Apr 28, Kristine rated it it szatmadi ok. I got a little frustrated with the way he treated some of the parents when he didn’t agree with them, and his dismissal of theories of the causes of autism with no allowance that perhaps he is wrong.
I’m not sure what I expected out of this book, but it was a let-down leter reading Temple Grandin. If you want mjnd learn more about how the autistic mind works, read one of her books instead. Jan 17, Steph rated it really liked it.
This book was easy to read and covered szatmaei vast amunt of info about ASD and kids. I enjoyed his style of writing and could feel his respect, compassion and awe through his stories. A great read and very recommended! Mar 30, Aneta rated it liked it.
This book is a good book to read for people that want to know what autism actually is.
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It has stories, examples and some advices. But I must say that in my opinion the methods suggested are a bit outdated. Apr 04, Jennifer rated it liked it. A very compassionate look at autism from a doctor who tries to help people understand how the world is different for people with autism. Reads rather like whistling in the dark sometimes, although any attempt to make the situation more comprehensible for parents is worthwhile.
Sep 10, Kate rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is great for a first look at autism. The intermixing of real life stories and information is helpful. It is important to note that this is entirely from the author’s perspective.
Feb 08, Joy rated it did not like it. I read this to help me better understand my son, and to get tips on how to better interact with him. This book didn’t address anything I was hoping it would. Dec 29, SpookyBoogie rated it liked it.
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A nice but outdated book. I particularly appreciate ye author’s insistence that therapy for children with ASDs be scientifically proven. Feb 08, Jessica rated it it was amazing. Read it in memory of my friend, Brian K. Sanfordgrant rated it really liked it Aug 22,