Autism and Spirituality: Psyche, Self and Spirit in People on the Autism Spectrum

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Olga Bogdashina argues persuasively that, contrary to popular belief, spirituality plays a vital role in the lives of many people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Drawing on interdisciplinary research from fields as diverse as psychology, philosophy, anthropology, linguistics, neuroscience and religion, as well as first-hand experiences of people on the spectrum, she shows how people with ASD experience their inner worlds and sense of ...

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Overview

Olga Bogdashina argues persuasively that, contrary to popular belief, spirituality plays a vital role in the lives of many people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Drawing on interdisciplinary research from fields as diverse as psychology, philosophy, anthropology, linguistics, neuroscience and religion, as well as first-hand experiences of people on the spectrum, she shows how people with ASD experience their inner worlds and sense of self, and how this shapes the spiritual dimension of their lives and vice versa. She presents a coherent framework for understanding the routes of spiritual development and 'spiritual giftedness' within this group, offering insights that will inform understanding of how to support and nurture spiritual wellbeing in people with ASDs.

This book gives a voice to both verbal and non-verbal individuals on the autism spectrum whose spiritual experiences, though often unconventional, are meaningful and profound. It is essential reading for all those interested in the spiritual wellbeing of this group, including pastoral carers and counselors, ministers of religion, spiritual leaders, parents and carers and individuals on the autism spectrum.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849052856
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/2013
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,167,379
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Olga Bogdashina, MA, PhD, is Co-founder and Program Leader and Lecturer at the International Autism Institute, KSPU. She has worked extensively in the field of autism as a teacher, lecturer and researcher. Since 1994, she has been Director of the first day center for children with autism in Ukraine and President of the Autism Society of Ukraine. She is a visiting lecturer at universities in Europe, presents at national and international autism conferences and is an Autism Consultant for services for children and adults. She is the author of Autism and the Edges of the Known World, Sensory Perceptual Issues in Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Communication Issues in Autism and Asperger Syndrome and Theory of Mind and the Triad of Perspectives on Autism and Asperger Syndrome, all published by JKP. She lives in West Yorkshire, UK.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. Foreword by Christine Trevett. Introduction. 1. What's in a Word? 2. Defining Autism. 3. Defining Spirituality. 4. Sensitivities in Autism. 5. Different Realities: Constructed Worlds Created through the Filters. 6. What Is a Self? Or, What/Who Is "I"? 7. 'Autistic Personality'. 8. Spiritual Experiences. 9. Sense of Right and Wrong. 10. Spiritual Development. Afterword by Nancy Getty. References. Subject Index. Author Index.

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