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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853027109
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 146
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introducing Autism 11
2 The Autistic World 17
3 Autism and Sense Organs 23
4 Autism and Emotions 35
5 Communication and Language 45
6 Intelligence, Autism, and Savant Skills 55
7. Discrimination 63
8 Rhythms and Self-Stimulations 73
9 Relationships 79
10 Health and Allergies 89
11 Autism and Teenage Years 97
12 Recreation 107
13 Idiosyncrasies and Special Traits 117
Epilogue - For Autistic People 127
Poems 131
Further Reading 139
Index 141
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2000

    Praise from another author

    As an autistic man myself, with a published autobiography, I should like to take this opportunity to recommend, in the strongest possible terms, this, another book from Jessica Kingsley Publishers. It is 'Through the Eyes of Aliens' by Jasmine Lee O'Neill. I had ordered a copy for myself because, I must admit, the title fascinated me. (It correlated with a major point that I made in my own book.) It turned out to be the most rewarding purchase I have made in I don't know how long. In reading it, I was, at first, conscious of many differences in the view of autism between her and me. Then, as I read on, I realized that it was a difference only in perception, not in substance. We saw the same thing, but from different standpoints. Yet, although we had written independently (I had never heard of her until I saw her announcement in the catalogue next to mine), my mind boggled at how many of the same observations we made, even, at times, to using the same words. Our writing styles may be quite different, but I attribute that to the fact that, whereas I am a mathematician, she is a poet. I tend to do a logical development of ideas to get to a point, and I categorize a great deal. I seem to ask, 'Where might I be wrong? If so, show me.' Her approach is much more intuitive, but she often makes a point (very briefly, through her choice of words) that I go through substantial analysis to make, but she does so in a more vivid manner than I could. A typical response to her might be, 'Who couldn't agree with that?' On more than one occasion, my response was the greatest adulation that one writer can give to another: 'I would have loved to have written that.' Another difference of note is that my realization of being autistic is something I have come to quite recently, while she seems to have always known of that in herself. I often talk of my discovery as being 'liberating'. However, that is mostly in finding out why I could never find the right size round hole for myself, and, as a result, at long last, of being able to start digging my own square hole. She obviously experiences a joy in being as she is, in a way that I might not have enough years left to achieve. She also, unlike myself, has been able to develop many specific nuts-and-bolts suggestions on how the non-autistic (especially parents) can and should relate to the autistic, while I mostly deal in overviews and generalities geared to giving insights (which is a specialty of the mathematician), leaving such details to the parents themselves. A major point that she makes, better than anyone, is that autistic people have the capability of making their lives beautiful, if they are only allowed to be what they are. I should like to wrap this up by saying a bit more about her approach and about her writing style. First, her book is not autobiographical. Mine had to be, because I related my discovery to previously unexplained things in my past life. Yet, in reading many of the things that she wrote, I was able to increase my insights into myself. In addition, from the feedback that I have gotten from the parents of autistic kids, my book has helped to put their minds at ease about their kids. Her book should put their hearts at ease. For those involved with autistic people, or those who simply want to know more about this misunderstood disability, Jasmine's book is required reading.

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