The Hidden World of Autism

The Hidden World of Autism


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The Hidden World of Autism by Rebecca Chilvers

A celebration of the talents and insights of children on the autism spectrum, The Hidden World of Autism presents a collection of writings and drawings contributed by 21 autistic children.

The children's work covers topics that are of primary importance in understanding some of the common experiences that children with autism, and their families, go through. These include life before diagnosis, friendships, relationships, feelings, bullying and the future. A key characteristic of having autism is the inability to express emotions; but too often that prevents children with autism from being listened to. This book gives them both a voice and a forum for creative expression and provides direct insight into what having autism means for the children themselves and how they feel about their experiences.

This unique collection provides invaluable insights into the autistic experience for professionals, families and friends of children with autism, as well as the children themselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781843104513
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 11/15/2007
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 7.24(w) x 9.65(h) x 0.31(d)

About the Author

Rebecca Chilvers is a research psychologist. She has worked in the Social Communication Disorders Clinic at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London for over three years and specialises in working with children with high-functioning autism.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction. 2. What's so Different about Me? Life on the Autistic Spectrum. 3. School. 4. Me, My Friends and my Family. 5. Those things that I Do - Obsessions and Special interests. 6. The Future. References. Biographies. Index.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Rebecca Chilvers has done an outstanding job of looking at high-functioning autism from the child's point fo view - not a researcher's. Rebecca chilvers met and interviewed many children in he work as a psychologist at Great ormond Street Hospital for children in London. Once her experience allowed her to understand the uniquenss of children with autism , she wrote this book to allow them to be heard. The amazing thing with this book is that she lets the children's voices be heard -not hers. As many children with autism have difficulty expressing themselves through words, she included their artwork in full color. 'The publisher did an amazing job printing the drawings in vibrant color !' this makes this book un-lke any other book on Autism. Poetry by siblings is also included. I am lucky to be the mother of one of the boys chronicled in this book. What I feel sets this book apart is that the author has intertwined reserch finding s with what the children with high-functioning autism express. This insight helps what the children say and draw make sense to the reader. Topics covered include - What is so different about me? School- social problems , fitting in, help and support. Family dynamics, handling obsessions , the future social and educational. this book will make a lovely present for a special ed teacher,and art teacher, parent or pediatrician. I hope this book will help society to understand these delightful children and include them more in our society.