Weather Reports from the Autism Front: A Father's Memoir of His Autistic Son

Weather Reports from the Autism Front: A Father's Memoir of His Autistic Son

by James C. Wilson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0786437057

ISBN-13: 9780786437054

Pub. Date: 02/05/2008

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

Based on detailed research and a lifetime of personal experience, James Wilson recounts his personal journey as the primary companion of his now twenty-six-year-old autistic son, Sam. This realistic, irreverent account of an autistic young man and his misadventures while transitioning to adulthood provides enlightening truths as well as sardonic humor. Formally

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Based on detailed research and a lifetime of personal experience, James Wilson recounts his personal journey as the primary companion of his now twenty-six-year-old autistic son, Sam. This realistic, irreverent account of an autistic young man and his misadventures while transitioning to adulthood provides enlightening truths as well as sardonic humor. Formally seen as a neurological disorder, autism is increasingly being looked upon as simply a form of neurodiversity. Rejecting mainstream attitudes, Wilson explores this modern view of autism through his own experience as well as quotes from autistic people and bloggers, some of whom are the most vocal proponents of this viewpoint. A detailed bibliography accompanies this engaging memoir of a father and son's experience negotiating the slippery slopes of normality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786437054
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
02/05/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
223
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface     1
The Family Gangsta     5
Contesting Autism     12
Testing Neurodiversity     26
Why Is He Barking?     35
Sensory Overload     44
Meltdown     53
Friends and Lovers     61
Self-Injury     70
Weatherweenie     78
To Cure or Not to Cure     87
Things We Do     97
Family Relations     105
Communication Corporeal and Electronic     113
Cognition     122
Agoraphobia, or Don't Call Us...     130
Too Crazy for the Psych Ward?     138
Medicalization     147
Institutionalization     157
Surf's Up     163
Representation Politics     171
Resentment     182
Community     188
Looking for Autism Pride Day     196
Sources     203
Bibliography     209
Index     211

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