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Autism and the Edges of the Known World: Sensitivities, Language and Constructed Reality [Kindle Edition]

Olga Bogdashina , Theo Peeters
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In this intelligent and incisive book, Olga Bogdashina explores old and new theories of sensory perception and communication in autism. Drawing on linguistics, philosophy, neuroscience, psychology, anthropology and quantum mechanics, she looks at how the nature of the senses inform an individual's view of the world, and how language both reflects and constructs that view.

Examining the 'whys' and 'hows' of the senses, and the role of language, Olga Bogdashina challenges common perceptions of what it means to be 'normal' and 'abnormal'. In doing so she shows that autism can help to illuminate our understanding of what it means to be human, and of how we develop faculties that shape our cognition, language, and behaviour. In the final chapter, she explores phenomena often associated with the paranormal - including premonitions, telepathy and déjà vu - and shows that these can largely be explained in natural terms.

This book will appeal to anyone with a personal or professional interest in autism, including students and researchers, clinical practitioners, individuals on the autism spectrum and their families, teachers, speech and occupational therapists, and other professionals.


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Brilliantly, Olga weaves together science and real life experiences of people with autism bringing the reader to a greater understanding of how sensory differences can bring people with autism to the edges and beyond of neurotypical perception. This book has my highest recommendation for anyone wanting to learn more about sensory awareness and perception for people with autism - as well as for themselves. --Stephen Shore, Ed.D., Assistant Professor of Special Education at Adelphi University and internationally known author, presenter, and consultant on issues related to autism.

This is an entrancing read and an excellent reflection of Dr. Bogdashina's wide range of interests. It is to her credit as an academician that she draws upon such varied subjects as philosophy and quantum mechanics to illustrate her thought process and call into question different aspects of our individuality. --Manuel Casanova, Gottfried and Gisela Kolb Endowed Chair in Psychiatry, University of Louisville

Olga Bogdashina's book is a magnificent and much-needed account of the nature of sensory differences in autism, full of fresh, fascinating and perceptive insights. --Adam Feinstein, autism researcher, Autism Cymru, and editor of Looking Up (www.lookingupautism.org)

About the Author

Olga Bogdashina, MA Education (Autism), PhD (Linguistics) has worked extensively in the field of autism as teacher, lecturer and researcher, with a particular interest in sensory-perceptual and communication problems in autism. Since 1994, she has been the director of the first Day Centre for autistic children in Ukraine and the President of the Autism Society, Ukraine. Olga teaches and lectures around the world. She is currently a Visiting Lecturer at Birmingham University and Consultant Psychologist for Services for Adults with Autism, UK. She has an adult son with autism.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 685 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1849050422
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers (15 Jan. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CQ8NTDY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #475,295 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ground-breaking in its subject and conclusions 1 July 2012
Format:Paperback
A must read exploration into the nature of autistic spectrum issues which takes us on a journey about perceptions and autism into the unexpected area of extra sensory perception via some interesting research findings, which occurred during speech therapy. Bogdashina is scholarly, brave and honest and her research may one day profoundly affect how we understand autism and lead to a greater understanding about the human condition in general. I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand the autistic spectrum better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars She walks the line 17 Mar. 2013
By JS
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A courageous and fascinating book which manages to combine meticulous research across a far wider range of disciplines than is usual in a psychology book.
An in-depth exploration and understanding of the huge range of Autistic Spectrum Perceptions and how they interface with the neuro-typical world. The author does not avoid the less 'mainstream' aspects of the subject, nor does she tumble over into surmise and generalisation.
By far the best book I've ever read on this fascinating subject.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A GLIMPSE INTO THE MIND OF AUTISTICS 19 Jun. 2014
By Ik
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A REMARKABLE PUBLICATION FOR ITS PARTICULAR UNDERSTANDING AND EXPLANATION OF 'UNUSUAL PHENOMENA'
EXPERIENCED BY SOME ON THE AUTISTIC SPECTRUM. THE CONSTRUCTION AND EDITING OF THIS BOOK NEEDS ATTENDING ALONG WITH A CLEARER DISTINCTION BETWEEN PERCEPT-CONCEPT-INTERPRETATION...I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS TO ANY ONE INTERESTED IN THE WONDERFUL WORLD AS SEEN BY SOME AUTISTICS. THANK YOU TO Dr BOGDASHINA.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 July 2014
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