The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum

The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum

by Temple Grandin, Richard Panek
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The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum by Temple Grandin, Richard Panek

A cutting-edge account of the latest science of autism, from the best-selling author and advocate

When Temple Grandin was born in 1947, autism had only just been named. Today it is more prevalent than ever, with one in 88 children diagnosed on the spectrum. And our thinking about it has undergone a transformation in her lifetime: Autism studies have moved from the realm of psychology to neurology and genetics, and there is far more hope today than ever before thanks to groundbreaking new research into causes and treatments. Now Temple Grandin reports from the forefront of autism science, bringing her singular perspective to a thrilling journey into the heart of the autism revolution.

Weaving her own experience with remarkable new discoveries, Grandin introduces the neuroimaging advances and genetic research that link brain science to behavior, even sharing her own brain scan to show us which anomalies might explain common symptoms. We meet the scientists and self-advocates who are exploring innovative theories of what causes autism and how we can diagnose and best treat it. Grandin also highlights long-ignored sensory problems and the transformative effects we can have by treating autism symptom by symptom, rather than with an umbrella diagnosis. Most exciting, she argues that raising and educating kids on the spectrum isn’t just a matter of focusing on their weaknesses; in the science that reveals their long-overlooked strengths she shows us new ways to foster their unique contributions.

From the “aspies” in Silicon Valley to the five-year-old without language, Grandin understands the true meaning of the word spectrum. The Autistic Brain is essential reading from the most respected and beloved voices in the field.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547636450
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 04/30/2013
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

TEMPLE GRANDIN is one of the world’s most accomplished and well-known adults with autism. She is a professor at Colorado State University and the author of several best-selling books, which have sold more than a million copies. The HBO movie based on her life, starring Claire Danes, received seven Emmy Awards.

RICHARD PANEK is the prize-winning author of The 4% Universe and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Science Writing.

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The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
agd63 More than 1 year ago
Based solely on the excerpt here, I can't wait to read the rest! Having worked in the Special Education field for 25+ years, so much of Temple's perspective rings true. If nothing else,it will help to affirm the complex realities of working with autistic individuals and help me to understand everything e n b How to better relate to my students.
ohio-child More than 1 year ago
I have worked as a volunteer in our local schools for many years and often encounter autistic children. There are definitely more today than there were even a few years ago. This is a valuable tool to help us understand how they perceive and react to the world. I can't wait to read this!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
my niece was diagnosed as mildly autistic. This excerpt, alone, is the reason why I will purchase the book. It will be nice to have a perspective; beyond the limited knowledge of observation; to be better equiped to enjoy her life , more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just read this book and I appreciated that the authors tried to explain some of the more scientific information in more common terms. This book gave me more insight into autism than I had before and really complimented what I have learned in college. I've already recommended this book to fellow parents, students, and professors.
zucchiniqueen More than 1 year ago
This book was a little too technical for me. It goes into great detail about brain differences, with pictures. I liked her other books better, but probably because of my own mindset.
LanaID More than 1 year ago
This book provides a lot of insight into Autism with technical studies and understandable descriptions of outcomes.
talk.with.mary More than 1 year ago
Dr. Grandin speaks with both knowledge and experience in this book. As a biologist she explains the current scientific research in the field of autism in a way that a layman can understand. She uses her own experiences with the subject to ground her knowledge. This book is a very interesting read and especially so if you are interested in autism. It is also a wonderful window into an autistic persons thoughts.
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Although, I am not truely Autistic. I definately have some sensory issues. Temple did an amazing job of explaining why I have some of the inconsistancies that I do with what irritates me. I want my family to read it so they will understand more about me.
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