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Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome Paperback – 30 Jan 2003
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Praise for the First Edition: 'In Beyond the Wall Stephen Shore provides an unusually interesting, well-written and insightful autobiographical account of the life of a person with high-functioning autism/ Asperger Syndrome. This is a "user-friendly" book: Stephen is a courteous and well-informed tour guide, who makes our visit with him both enjoyable and informative. Highly recommended. ' -- Bernard Rimland, Ph.D., director, Autism Research Institute. Stephen's words softened my heart. They made me proud to be a fellow aspie. I am certain everyone who reads Stephen's book will come away inspired by his life's story, honoured by his decision to share so much of who he is, and touched by his honesty and courage. More importantly I am quite certain his readers will forever more look upon people with any difference, particularly those on the light end of autism or Asperger syndrome, as fine and nobly interesting people who have so very much to offer this society we all share. -- Liane Holliday Willey. Stephen Shore's unique perspective makes this autobiography a wonderful, inspirational and educational book. The author provides valuable practical information that will benefit both parents and professionals. -- Stanley D.Klein, Ph.D, co-editor, You Will Dream New Dreams, Inspiring Personal Stories by Parents of Children with Disabilities. In this autobiography [Stephen Shore] explores experiences of autism - painful memories of early schooling, terrors of his middle school, the rewards of college, problems in holding down a job and 10 years of marriage...This painful but exhilarating story reveals how much more there is to learn about autism. -- Community Care
About the Author
Stephen Shore: Diagnosed with "atypical development with strong autistic tendencies" and nonverbal until age four, Stephen Shore was viewed as "too sick" to be treated on an outpatient basis. Stephen Shore is now completing his doctoral degree in special education at Boston University with a focus on helping people on the autism spectrum develop their capacities to the fullest extent possible.
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The book is excellently written, but unfortunately I could only read about half of it; I found it too boring.
Stephen is gifted and, among other things, has a degree in music. He is married to a Chinese musician, who tells us that Stephen can hear much higher pitches than she can and turns the volume of the TV down so low that she almost can’t hear it. In other words he is extremely sensitive. He has learnt some Chinese from her and her friends and pronounces the Chinese language “with all its tones” very well. He sometimes hides clocks under cushions because he can’t stand their ticking noise.
If you yourself have Asperger’s or are interested in the condition, the book may well appeal to you; I just found it too dry to capture my attention.
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I especially like how Mr. Shore talked about many of the jobs he held and why he succeeded or what he learned from his not so successful job situations. I think having a supplemental book on this subject alone would be very worthwhile...especially if it came from a variety of viewpoints. Hmmm.
Shore's work explores aspergers from three different viewpoints: as that of a clinician working with individuals with autism spectrum disorders, as an adult who himself has aspergers, and as an adult remembering the challenges aspergers has presented him with over the course of his lifetime.
As the parent of two boys with Autism Spectrum Disorders, I was delighted with Shore's explanations of why my children feel the need to do some of the things they do, and what purpose those behaviors serve in their lives.
In this reader's opinion, Beyond the Wall is an invaluable guide to anyone who knows someone with aspergers and autism. Shore's writing is right up there with Temple Grandin's, and should be included as a valuable reference book in anyone's collection of books about autism/aspergers.