Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome

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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 ...
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Overview

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!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931282192
  • Publisher: Autism Asperger Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 242
  • Sales rank: 222,480
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword i
Preface iv
Acknowledgments vii
The Castle ix
Chapter 1 A Slice of Life 1
Chapter 2 My Early Life 11
Chapter 3 Sinking into the Grip of Autism 19
Mother's Recollection of My Early Life 25
Chapter 4 The Putnam Period 33
The Classroom 34
Chapter 5 Nursery School 39
Accommodating Sensory Sensitivities 47
Chapter 6 The Wonder and Terror of School 49
Chapter 7 Middle School 59
Music for the Child with Autism 64
Chapter 8 More Wonder Than Terror in High School 73
Chapter 9 Heaven at Last--in College 77
Dating 80
Meeting My Future Wife 89
About My Husband 94
Movies and TV 96
Chapter 10 The World of Work: From More Conformity to Less 99
Where Do I Fit In? 99
Emotional Aftermath 105
Dealing with Emotions 107
Chapter 11 Back to School: Master's and Doctorate Degrees 111
The Three Modes of World 118
Chapter 12 Revisiting the Castle 127
Cyberspace for People Like Me 129
The Language and Cognitive Development Center 134
Meeting Dr. Arnold Miller 137
Chapter 13 Challenging the Walls 141
How the Autistic Disorder Is now Classified 141
Autism Compared with Other Disorders 141
The Autism Spectrum 143
Putting My Journey Through the Autism Spectrum in Context 145
Overcoming the Wall 149
Chapter 14 Epilogue and Charge of Responsibility 155
Appendix An Interview with Daniel Rosenn, M.D. 159
References 173
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2005

    Truly Unique and Extremely Helpful

    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!

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