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Autism: Explaining the Enigma (Cognitive Development) Paperback – 25 Mar 2003

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"Uta Frith′s Autism has been an indispensable reference, an instant classic, since it was first published, and in this new edition it has been radically revised, with striking enrichments and enlargements in almost every chapter, most especially with dramatic new brain imaging studies which clarify the fundamental nature of autism. But it remains a deeply personal book, as moving and delightful as it is authoritative." Oliver Sacks, MD <!––end––>

"One of the most recognised names in autism research ... Her [Frith′s] book is valuable for educated parents interested in learning about autism in a larger historical context ... enlightening." Library Journal, July 2003


"provides a valuable introduction to contemporary cognitive theories." Sally Bigham, Brunel University, British Journal of Developmental Psychology, Vol.21, Part 3, September 2003

"Uta Frith has long been regarded as one of the leading experts in current autism research and psychological theory in this country ... this second edition presents an easy–to–read and logical journey through autism, from what it is and how it is and has been perceived, through current psychological theory to neurological explanation and practical implications. It is an extremely worthwhile book for anyone who wants a research–led understanding of the psychology of autism, particularly students interested in the topic or parents and professionals who may wish to understand the theories feeding future interventions and current understanding of this complex spectrum of conditions." Fiona J. Scott, Psychological Medicine, Vol. 34, 2004

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The first edition of Autism: Explaining the Enigma quickly became a classic because it provided the first satisfactory psychological account of what happens in the mind of a person with autism. The book proposed that the key problems were an inability to recognize and think about thoughts (theory of mind), and an inability to integrate pieces of information into coherent wholes (central coherence). It suggested that from this beginning, problems of communication, social interaction, and flexibility follow as the complex interactions of human development unfold.

This updated edition reports on how this explanation has stood the test of time. A new chapter outlines developments in neuropsychological research that have taken place since the book was first published and reviews the growing body of work on the neurological basis of autism. The accessible style and structure of the original edition have been retained, with information and references updated throughout.

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Since my son was diagnosed with autism, I have sought to learn all that I could about the disorder. There are many excellent books that provide essential guidance and explanations for parents and carers confronting autism for the first time, such as Chantal Sicile-Kira's Autism Spectrum Disorders The Complete Guide. These books generally enhance one's knowledge without necessarily developing one's understanding and so enabling better empathy with the subject. This book achieves that. Uta Frith builds each aspect through historical notes and clear descriptions of experiments that illustrate clearly the point being put across. The book can become quite absorbing at stages and I could see my son described so clearly and so accurately that that particular section could have been written about him. It has certainly enhanced my understanding of how my son perceives the world and subtly effected how I now communicate with him. I think for the better. I recommend this book to anyone who seeks to better understand how an autistic person perceives the world. Quite superb.
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This book has been amazingly written and as I have just started my Autism module, it has provided me with the emotional foundations to understand people that have Autism. The examples are very touching and relatable. Must read for anyone studying Autism as a module at university.
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By Ann on 7 July 2013
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I bought this book because Uta Frith is a leading writer about Autism.
I have found it a very good reference book for use in my teaching.
A must for those who want to know more about Autism.
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Well written, well explained, lots of information, different topics such as autism in history and literature, theories that explain autism, main researchers, and everything fitting in a neat structure. Uta Frith is an authority when it comes to autism and asperger syndrome and it's worth to read and re-read the book
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