In her new book, Wendy Lawson examines traditional theories about the autism spectrum (AS) and reveals their gaps and shortcomings. Showing that a completely different way of thinking about AS is needed, she sets forward the theory of Single Attention and Associated Cognition in Autism (SAACA), an approach that explains autism in terms of the unique learning style of AS individuals. The SAACA approach suggests that whereas neurotypical people can easily shift their attention from one task to another, those on the autism spectrum tend to use just one sense at a time, leading to a deep, intense attention. From the perspective of this new approach, Wendy describes practical outcomes for individuals, families, and places of education and employment, and shows that when the unique learning style of AS is understood, valued, and accommodated, AS individuals can be empowered to achieve their fullest potential. This is a fascinating read for anyone with a personal or professional interest in the autism spectrum, including clinical practitioners, educators, researchers, individuals on the spectrum and their families, teachers, occupational therapists, and other professionals.
Psychologist, lecturer and author, being on the autism spectrum, Dr. Wendy Lawson is passionate about the rights of those who so often cannot speak for themselves. Awarded fourth place as 'Victorian Australian of the year' in 2008, Wendy knows what it means to represent and advocate for others. The mother of four children, and grand mum to two gorgeous little girls, Wendy's youngest son is also on the autistic spectrum.
Writing fiction is a new love of mine. It's one I was told I'd not manage! If you tell me what I cannot do, it's a bit like a red flag to a bull: I'll show you that I can.
Writing takes me on a journey and helps me figure out the route as I go. I love to take my readers with me and open doors that might otherwise remain closed.