Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Way I See It

This book is written by Temple Grandin, an individual that has autism. In a series of articles, she explains how she sees the world. She explains how her mind processes information and why certain things are difficult. Grandin is on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum and has had a successful career in agriculture designing animal handling equipment. She has a PhD on top of that.

She dispels some myths on what it means to be autistic. She explains the difference between autistic behaviors and just plain bad behavior. She discusses various treatments including alternatives not usually considered. She offers advice on how to teach driving skills, preparing for employment, and other basic life skills.

I found the book interesting in its perspective and it was good to learn some basics on autism. The book does not delve deep into the science or research of autism, so this would be a good introductory book on the subject. Grandin indicates in the title that she would also explain Asperger's. She gives a few examples of how Asperger's is different from Autism, but there are not a lot of details. I will definitely be following up this book with another on the subject.

The books I select for review are books which I personally select from my local library. I do not receive any reimbursement from authors or publishers or free books. I do provide links to Amazon as a convenience to the readers of this blog. I do earn a small referral pittance which is not even enough to buy a soda.

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