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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last , sensory issues in autism are being addressed!, 28 Mar 2004
This review is from: Sensory Perceptual Issues in Autism and Asperger Syndrome: Different Sensory Experiences - Different Perceptual Worlds (Paperback)
This book was excellent.It focuses on sensory peculuarities as being the likely cause of outward autistic behaviour. Instead of focusing on general problems (Triad of Impairments)and common behaviour of individuals on the spectrum, this book looks at how an individual's sensory experiences can CAUSE a lot of the behaviour associated with autism. It may also offer an explanation for why autism is very much an individual experience - why no two people's experiences of the condition are the same.
Olga Bogdashina provides an in depth but easy to read explanation of hyper and hyposensitivities of the senses, and of how some individuals can only use one sensory channel at a time making it difficult to interpret the environment. Many examples have been provided by individual's with autism and the emphasis is very much on needing to understand the cause of a certain behaviour BEFORE trying to 'normalise' or adjust that behaviour. Olga suggests that much of the behaviour displayed by autistic individual's is necessary in spite of 'normal' people's views that such behaviour must be stopped or corrected.
Whilst similar theories were identified around thirty years ago, Olga's own research brings together current findings and beliefs about autism and sensory functioning.
The book also includes a sensory questionnaire and chart which helps identify an individual's 'personal' sensory profile.
Well worth buying if you are researching this area or if you are a parent trying to understand unusual behaviour such as why your autistic child likes switching lights on and off or only wears certain clothes or any number of other behaviours which are not given an adequate explanation by the 'Triad of Impairments' model.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last , sensory issues in autism are being addressed!, 29 Mar 2004
This review is from: Sensory Perceptual Issues in Autism and Asperger Syndrome: Different Sensory Experiences - Different Perceptual Worlds (Paperback)
This book was excellent.It focuses on sensory peculuarities as being the likely cause of outward autistic behaviour. Instead of focusing on general problems (Triad of Impairments)and common behaviour of individuals on the spectrum, this book looks at how an individual's sensory experiences can CAUSE a lot of the behaviour associated with autism. It may also offer an explanation for why autism is very much an individual experience - why no two people's experiences of the condition are the same.
Olga Bogdashina provides an in depth but easy to read explanation of hyper and hyposensitivities of the senses, and of how some individuals can only use one sensory channel at a time making it difficult to interpret the environment. Many examples have been provided by individuals with autism and the emphasis is very much on needing to understand the cause of a certain behaviour BEFORE trying to 'normalise' or adjust that behaviour. Olga suggests that much of the behaviour displayed by autistic individuals is necessary in spite of 'normal' people's views that such behaviour must be stopped or corrected.
Whilst similar theories were identified around thirty years ago, Olga's own research brings together current findings and beliefs about autism and sensory functioning.
The book also includes a sensory questionnaire and chart which helps identify an individual's 'personal' sensory profile.
Well worth buying if you are researching this area or if you are a parent trying to understand unusual behaviour such as why your autistic child likes switching lights on and off or only wears certain clothes or any number of other behaviours which are not given an adequate explanation by the 'Triad of Impairments' model.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended, 27 Jan 2006
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Suzie "Say something about yourself!" (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Sensory Perceptual Issues in Autism and Asperger Syndrome: Different Sensory Experiences - Different Perceptual Worlds (Paperback)
This is a great book. There are so many books on the market where experts presume to know better than autistic people themselves and disregard autistic peoples own accounts of what it feels like to be autistic, but this one breaks that mould. It is not only packed with factual information about how the brain and the senses work, it explores the autistic experience with an open and enquiring mind, while still tying all this in with conventional explanations of autism and results from existing studies. This book has a great potential to be useful, not just to parents and autistic people themselves who are looking for information and understanding, but to educators and service providers, whom it could inspire and advise. Interesting and accessible, I sat down today and read it the whole way through.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding a different world, 5 April 2009
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Mrs. M. Cairns (Co Durham, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Sensory Perceptual Issues in Autism and Asperger Syndrome: Different Sensory Experiences - Different Perceptual Worlds (Paperback)
As an undergraduate writing my dissertation on autism and working in a unit for autistic children I have found this book excellent in assisting the reader to understand the complex difficulties that these children have to cope with on a daily basis. A small insight into another world that will greatly assist anyone working with autism and aspergers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for better understanding the world through Autistic eyes, 16 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Sensory Perceptual Issues in Autism and Asperger Syndrome: Different Sensory Experiences - Different Perceptual Worlds (Paperback)
I received this book yesterday and couldn't put it down, it covers many kinds of sensory differences, as you would hope it to - and explains them all in a very accessible way. It is true, far too many books on Autism and Asperger's don't pay enough attention to the sensory differences most people on the Spectrum have to deal with - and very often it's the sensory differences that are to blame for the different, even "difficult" behaviour.

As a woman with Asperger Syndrome in her thirties, I wish all in this book had been common knowledge when I was a child, even a tiny shred of understanding about my sensory sensitivities would have made the world of difference to me. No understanding led me to being labelled a "whinger" and a "moaner" and a "Drama Queen" as a child, and that I was making things up to get attention. This led to arguments, and me feeling depressed, hurt and confused.

If you would like to gain some insight as to how Autistic people experience the world, do give this book a look.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars insightful, 11 Jan 2014
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An easy read with useful insights that give a unique understanding into this condition. It has been invaluable to my work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book, 4 Oct 2011
This review is from: Sensory Perceptual Issues in Autism and Asperger Syndrome: Different Sensory Experiences - Different Perceptual Worlds (Paperback)
I was recommended this book by a frined who has a child with Aspergers. She said it is the best book she has come across in the 10 years since her daughter was born.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for understanding autism, 6 Sep 2011
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Catlover "Val1960" (Braintree, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Sensory Perceptual Issues in Autism and Asperger Syndrome: Different Sensory Experiences - Different Perceptual Worlds (Paperback)
This book is a great insight into sensory issues surrounding ASD. As the mother of an autistic child myself and a health professional student, I totally agree with the author when she says that we need to understand their world and adapt our thinking, not make them conform to ours. Highly recommend!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 14 Aug 2011
This review is from: Sensory Perceptual Issues in Autism and Asperger Syndrome: Different Sensory Experiences - Different Perceptual Worlds (Paperback)
This is a fantastic book which everyone working o knowing someone with ASD should read. Only by understanding the sensory perceptual dificulties that autistic people have we will be able to attempt any kind of understanding, teaching, relating... Very well written with good examples amb research based.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sensory perceptual issues in autism & Asperger's syndrome, 28 April 2014
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Very infirmative book, would recommend if you have sensory issues, it covers all forms of sensory problems and can help to identify which ones a person may have and what can help.
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