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Autism: An Inside-Out Approach: An Innovative Look at the 'Mechanics' of 'Autism' and its Developmental 'Cousins' Paperback – 1 May 1996

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers (1 May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853023876
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853023873
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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A book written by someone who has experienced the difficulties from the inside must give rare insight into the living with autism. For Occupational Therapists one of the greatest values of Donna Williams' book is that she looks at many different aspects, particularly the sensory problems, and relates theory to everyday living. She describes most of the treatment approaches available and judges their value from her own experience and from a sound theoretical basis. Donna Williams' book gives insight into autism and brings hope. She makes us look again and see that more can be achieves if the difficulties are understood better and more appropriate help given. It is a book that empowers the reader and rekindles enthusiasm. Well worth buying. It is well worth reading the whole book but it is also a volume that you can dip into. If you can't buy this book then borrow it. Anyone working with autism needs to know what this remarkable woman is telling us. -- NAPOT Journal I found Donna Williams' book invaluable. It is a book that works to integrate what is needed and what it feels like from the inside of autism. I shall refer to it to help me think of how someone with autism may be experiencing their work and shall certainly recommend it to parents and other professionals. -- The Canadian Child Psychiatry Review Autism: An Inside-Out Approach is an insightful look at autism that goes beyond symptoms and behaviors. This book is written by an eloquent author who lives with autism every day. Donna Williams suggests both detailed theory and practical day-to-day strategies for addressing specific challenges of individuals who, like her, have some type of autism or Asperger syndrome. Williams uses her initial chapters to tell her story and to set up her general theory... Autism: An Inside-Out Approach is a must read for all professionals and care-givers in the field of autism. It is thought provoking and dense with practical real-world suggestions and strategies. Readers must be cautious, however, because Williams' theories are the personal beliefs of an individual with autism, based on her own unique life experiences. She offers little scientific support for her ideas, and yet many will ring true with anyone who knows individuals with these characteristics. Many scientific studies have come and gone over the years, without having a significant impact on the type of support that is given to persons who have autism. Not just despite its subjectivity and personal nature, but because of it, this articulate approach by someone who has lived with autism may affect the ways in which professionals approach autism for years to come. -- Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities

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A book written by someone who has experienced the difficulties from the inside must give rare insight into the living with autism. For Occupational Therapists one of the greatest values of Donna Williams' book is that she looks at many different aspects, particularly the sensory problems, and relates theory to everyday living. She describes most of the treatment approaches available and judges their value from her own experience and from a sound theoretical basis. Donna Williams' book gives insight into autism and brings hope. She makes us look again and see that more can be achieves if the difficulties are understood better and more appropriate help given. It is a book that empowers the reader and rekindles enthusiasm. Well worth buying. It is well worth reading the whole book but it is also a volume that you can dip into. If you can't buy this book then borrow it. Anyone working with autism needs to know what this remarkable woman is telling us. (NAPOT Journal)

I found Donna Williams' book invaluable. It is a book that works to integrate what is needed and what it feels like from the inside of autism. I shall refer to it to help me think of how someone with autism may be experiencing their work and shall certainly recommend it to parents and other professionals. (The Canadian Child Psychiatry Review)

Autism: An Inside-Out Approach is an insightful look at autism that goes beyond symptoms and behaviors. This book is written by an eloquent author who lives with autism every day. Donna Williams suggests both detailed theory and practical day-to-day strategies for addressing specific challenges of individuals who, like her, have some type of autism or Asperger syndrome. Williams uses her initial chapters to tell her story and to set up her general theory… Autism: An Inside-Out Approach is a must read for all professionals and care-givers in the field of autism. It is thought provoking and dense with practical real-world suggestions and strategies. Readers must be cautious, however, because Williams' theories are the personal beliefs of an individual with autism, based on her own unique life experiences. She offers little scientific support for her ideas, and yet many will ring true with anyone who knows individuals with these characteristics. Many scientific studies have come and gone over the years, without having a significant impact on the type of support that is given to persons who have autism. Not just despite its subjectivity and personal nature, but because of it, this articulate approach by someone who has lived with autism may affect the ways in which professionals approach autism for years to come. (Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities)

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Kudos to Donna Williams for criticizing the popular methods of treatment for people with autism. Kudos to Donna Williams for debunking the tired stereotypes about peopel with autism. I like the way she insists the "experts" be held accountable and gives in-depth, analytical reasons for problems that exist with many existing forms of treatment. Williams' suggestion of having different methods of treatment converge under one umbrella to serve the individual needs of the autistic population sounded very logical indeed.
This scholarly work is detailed but not tedious; factual and direct. Each chapter is broken into subsections that focus on a particular issue, e.g. education, physiological "firings" in the brain; vitamins; medicines; sensory responses; information processing and developing langugage. The book also has an Appendix which includes good practical advice about working with people with autism. Her inclusion of national as well as international organizations is invaluable.
Williams raises some excellent points in her book, e.g. exposing the myth of "hug/holding therapy" as being a panacea for neurological conditions. Many people with autism find hugs restrictive. The onslaught of sensory input during enforced hugs makes an unpleasant activity even more so. Insisting that people "hug on cue" is unnatural and does not engender love. People forced to suffer through this treatment will, as she rightfully points out, outwardly go along with it until they are released. It does not change the neurology or the feelings of the autistic person; this method is just a stop-gap approach that meets the hugger's need and not that of the person with autism. It also appears to be a very self serving form of treatment and one that should be called into question.
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This book should be read by all who work with people with autism, those who care for them or those who have an interest. It may be very helpful to individuals with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) and help them negotiate and understand some of the difficulties they experience. It provides a better insight into and understanding of the existential realities of ASD than most accounts and dispels many of the stereotypical misconceptions that are still prevalent even among health and education professionals. It also brings home the 'neurological' and organic reality of ASD, showing that it is not a psychological disorder or a withdrawing from society that can be therapised away by encouraging people with ASD to learn to 'act' like 'normal' people or subjecting them to inappropriate educational or medical approaches. Donna Williams is both autistic and well-educated and is able to articulate her ideas in an extremely readable and structured way. She describes very elegantly the reasons why those with the disorder respond and act the way they do and in doing so shows how wrong are many of the interpretations that are currently accepted. The book also provides very useful perspectives on other neuro-developmental conditions that co-occur with ASD and many common aspects that are shared with other disorders. This is an excellent account that is written with enormous insight and from the 'inside' as the title suggests.
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This really is a fantastic book for anyone with an interest in autism. Donna explains how and why she feels the way she does, which is an eye-opener to non-autistics and may be comforting to autistics themselves to know that they are not alone. She also suggests practical solutions to problems while explaining possible reasons why the problems arise.
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