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Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome / Edition 2
     

Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome / Edition 2

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by Stephen M. Shore
 

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ISBN-10: 1931282196

ISBN-13: 9781931282192

Pub. Date: 09/28/2013

Publisher: Autism Asperger Publishing Company

This honest, courageous book, written by a person with high-functioning autism and Asperger Syndrome, offers so much more than the traditional autobiography. Drawing on personal and professional experience, Stephen Shore, who is currently completing his doctoral degree in special education, combines three voices to create a touching and, at the same time, highly

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This honest, courageous book, written by a person with high-functioning autism and Asperger Syndrome, offers so much more than the traditional autobiography. Drawing on personal and professional experience, Stephen Shore, who is currently completing his doctoral degree in special education, combines three voices to create a touching and, at the same time, highly informative book for professionals as well as individuals who have Asperger Syndrome. Get a unique perspective on AS across the years!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781931282192
Publisher:
Autism Asperger Publishing Company
Publication date:
09/28/2013
Edition description:
2ND
Pages:
242
Sales rank:
534,556
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordi
Prefaceiv
Acknowledgmentsvii
The Castleix
Chapter 1A Slice of Life1
Chapter 2My Early Life11
Chapter 3Sinking into the Grip of Autism19
Mother's Recollection of My Early Life25
Chapter 4The Putnam Period33
The Classroom34
Chapter 5Nursery School39
Accommodating Sensory Sensitivities47
Chapter 6The Wonder and Terror of School49
Chapter 7Middle School59
Music for the Child with Autism64
Chapter 8More Wonder Than Terror in High School73
Chapter 9Heaven at Last--in College77
Dating80
Meeting My Future Wife89
About My Husband94
Movies and TV96
Chapter 10The World of Work: From More Conformity to Less99
Where Do I Fit In?99
Emotional Aftermath105
Dealing with Emotions107
Chapter 11Back to School: Master's and Doctorate Degrees111
The Three Modes of World118
Chapter 12Revisiting the Castle127
Cyberspace for People Like Me129
The Language and Cognitive Development Center134
Meeting Dr. Arnold Miller137
Chapter 13Challenging the Walls141
How the Autistic Disorder Is now Classified141
Autism Compared with Other Disorders141
The Autism Spectrum143
Putting My Journey Through the Autism Spectrum in Context145
Overcoming the Wall149
Chapter 14Epilogue and Charge of Responsibility155
AppendixAn Interview with Daniel Rosenn, M.D.159
References173

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Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Initially, although I purchased this book for our therapy center's library, I didn't take the time to read it myself. I assumed it was merely another, touching account of someone living with autism, but that it wouldn't be particularly helpful to me as the mother of three YOUNG children with Asperger Syndrome. However, after meeting Stephen Shore in person I became curious because he is a bright and funny guy and I wanted to know more about him. I borrowed back the book and began reading it. The predominant feeling I have is of wishing I'd read it sooner. It is not only interesting and insightful as he narrarates his life past and present, but it is heartwarming, humorous, and helpful. The book is written in an unusual way--in three narrative voices--all of them Stephen. The first is him sharing the intriging tale of how his life unfolded, the second giving context in present time and the third an ongoing interjection of facts regarding autism, treatment, and related concepts. It explains things in a clear and understandable manner. It is also has a sort of quirky warmth about it, even as he is quite honest about the various challenges he has faced, and continues to face. But it goes Beyond the Wall of autism to explain how he was able to develop and connect with the outside world. It includes accounts by the significant people in his life, such as his mother. She relates both in fact oriented language, what the challenges were in raising this unusual boy, but also is blatantly honest about her own struggles and perceived shortcomings. Yet I find myself amazed that even in the 1960s when little was understood about autism, going against convention wisdom of institutionalizing, she sought out and found solutions to help her son. Perhaps the most significally striking thing about this book however is that it is a WEALTH of ideas for helping someone with Autism Spectrum Disorder live a richer, fuller and more rewarding life. Stephen lays out strategies for people with autism spectrum disorder for everything from work to relationships. I find myself realizing that it IS relevant to my children's lives NOW. It has me thinking differently about how I can support them into growing to their full potential. It is a hopeful, optimistic, albeit realistic account of the good, bad and the ugly moments of living with the challenges of autism. I read this book because I wanted to know more about Stephen specifically, and while that goal may have been accomplished, I also discovered a view into my own children's lives...and mine. I find myself looking toward their future with more hope, more confidence and more excitement than I have for a long time. Don't wait to read this book!