The Myth of Autism: Medicalising Men's and Boys' Social and Emotional Competence Paperback – 27 Oct 2010
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'...this is a damning exposé of what is now the industry of autism and is an enormously brave book for the three authors to have written...Its huge value is that it helps open up possibilities, instead of closing them down.' - Human Givens
In this groundbreaking book the authors challenge the concept of autism arguing that the diagnosis should be abolished, making it a must-read for both students and practitionersSee all Product Description
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These days, esp in the USA but also in the UK< if a boy at school is quiet and shy, very solitary, and - and here is the cruncher - not behaving in a female manner (being being vocal, sociable, enjoying company and group work all the time) - then he is likely to get someone labelling him as 'on the autistic spectrum' or branding him with some other disorder.
But who is this diagnosis and label really helping?
The boy? Nope - his life can be seriously hurt by such labels.
However, parents feel better as they can abdicate any responsibility for their withdrawn, shy, anxious and unconfident son from their behaviour (though loads of evidence shows many such anxieties are caused by babies and young children being separated from their mothers too much and too early - and that is not PC in our society of women working and au pairs and dumping babies on baby farm nurseries...)
And of course getting a diagnosis of special needs gets extra funding for the school and extra help for the parents and children. Such kids also get more time in exams and maybe a free laptop for flip's sake!
So there are several strong motivators here encouraging people to crave such diagnoses.Read more ›
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