This book is a delight from start to finish. Fascinating look at neurological and genetic studies regarding autism and the need for better MRI and other technologies to achieve accurate diagnoses. Points out the enormous potential for plasticity, including brain repurposing. It seems to me that requires, at the very least, listening to people with autism talk to us from their hearts. More like a 3.5 rating. Grandin's view of the harm that comes from viewing autism through the lens of its deficits is very insightful, and she thankfully explores a strengths-based view of their condition. Grandin also makes a case for looking at autism with an eye for the unique strengths of the child rather than just deficits. While they are all considered autistic, they are all very different, as different as non-autistic people. One of the myths we try to debunk in our book Uniquely Human is that autism is simply a tragedy and that children and people with autism are in great pain and that the world is just an overwhelming buzzing confusion to them. Fascinating look at neurological and genetic studies regarding autism and the need for better MRI and other technologies to achieve accurate diagnoses. As one of the foremost authorities on autism, her openness is refreshing and to be highly regarded. Asperger’s in Pink: Pearls of Wisdom from Inside the Bubble of Raising a Child with Autism. Gives the following wonderful advice for parents of autistic children: "Ideally, you want to prepare the child for employment that is not only productive but also a source of energy and joy. Because I am not a Davis Facilitator and have not worked directly with an autistic client, I wrote with only two channels of information. And I thought, Good for him. Start by marking “The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum” as Want to Read: Error rating book. She looks at the genetic nature of autism, the possible causes, the elasticity of the brain and capacity to keep growing, perceptual styles or preferences (verbal, object-visual, spatial-visual patter. Temple Grandin is an amazing person who didn't allow autism to hold her back. Grandin's focus on the individual is very worthy, and I stand by Grandin in her cause to look past the labels, appreciate the existence of the various subtypes of autism, and to take into consideration individual needs. One measure of a non-fiction book for me is whether I chuckle at something or say "wow!" I wonder to what extent the coordination between the two in writing the book caused the seeming contradictions I point out in this review. Book Summary A cutting-edge account of the latest science of autism, from the best-selling author and advocate. Temple Grandin has been a great role model for people n the autistic spectrum almost all her adult life, a fact celebrated in the recent movie about her entitled Temple. Book Review: The Autistic Brain The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum , by Temple Grandin and Richard Panek, is a book that explains the research, progression of thought, and advancement of autistic people over the time the primary author, Temple Grandin, has been alive. I will not try to. Buy on Amazon. April 28th 2013 I had Temple and Richard as guests on my Read Science! What an insightful piece. We emphasise that, yes there are significant challenges, as we all know, that go along with the sensory issues, social confusion, and some of the biomedical issues that are sometimes related. . Human brain function is on a continuum. I didn't know what more Temple Grandin could say about autism, but she's come up with some cutting-edge information and thinking. 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