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"An extraordinary source of inspiration for autistic children, their parents - and all people." (Time)

"The Autistic Brain can both enlighten readers with little exposure to autism and offer hope and compassion to those who live with the condition." (Scientific American)

"Grandin has reached a stunning level of sophistication about herself and the science of autism. Her observations will assist not only fellow autistics and families with affected members, but also researchers and physicians seeking to better understand the condition." (Jerome Groopman The New York Review of Books)

"Grandin has helped us understand autism not just as a phenomenon, but as a different but coherent mode of existence that otherwise confounds us…She excels at finding concrete examples that reveal the perceptual and social limitations of autistic and "neurotypical" people alike." (New York Times)

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Understanding the autistic brain by 'one of the most accomplished and well-known adults with autism in the world

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I would highly recommend this for anyone interested in what "hard science"-based information there is available regarding ASD. The background research is thorough, and the concepts are challenging enough to keep things nice and interesting, while the style is very approachable, though thankfully not at all patronising.

My only concern was a lack of clarity with regards to what someone with an ASD should or should not be expected to do. One example is: on the one hand, we are told to avoid situations which trigger our sensory overload, while on the other, we are told to desensitise ourselves. Which is it? Probably a bit of both, I'm sure, but I, personally, need an explicit description of the threshold, please!
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This book is very good from a professional point, and has many interesting facts for anyone interested in Autism, but complicated at times and quite indepth for the average reader, always good to read anything from Temple Grandin.
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Makes you realise that ASDs are all on the spectrum of normality; that there's a place for everyone and that a little understanding can make a huge difference.
We have a lot to learn from Temple Grandin; she is a super hero.
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I have just finished a master's degree in Applied Behaviour analysis (ABA) and I have a son with classic autism. This book has really helped me to understand why my son is the way he is and how I can help him. Dr Grandin has brought together all the strands of research discoveries to form an easy to see map of where the research has been and where it is going to. I will definitely recommend it to other parents and use it to explain why ABA works.
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I really enjoyed this book, great insight into the workings of the brain in individuals with autism. I have a medical background so found it easy to understand however there is a lot of medical images and terminology that might put some people off.
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An amazing insight into how an autistic person thinks and feels. Makes you appreciate that we are all somewhere on the spectrum and those with a diagnosis should not be pigeonhold. Just like everyone else they grow and develop and can lead fulfilled, successful lives. It's us who need to change our perspective.
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The first two-three capters are very well written and interesting but there are a lot more "I" statements and generalisations from anecdotes than I would expect in a scientific book. I would also have liked a clearer distinction between what is proved and what is still an hypothesis. Would buy again and recommend though.
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Clearly set out with references to good research papers. I am really enjoying this book from an academic point of view and as someone with a relative with ASD. This is a must for anyone working with or living with ASD.
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