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Reweaving the Autistic Tapestry: Autism, Asperger Syndrome and ADHD: Autism, Asperger's Syndrome and ADHD Paperback – 1 Jan 2001

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers (Jan. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853027480
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853027482
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 2.1 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 212,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The notion that a child may have several disorders running alongside one another has been powerfully explained by a British child psychologist, Lisa Blakemore-Brown. She used the metaphor of a tapestry to illustrate that a child may present with various threads of difficulty; for example, ADD combined with Aspergers, or ADHD with a language impairment. Those threads may appear to be the same as those in another child but each individual will have his own unique weave of problems. The key to helping a child is discovering what threads are there and how they are interwoven. I believe that Lisa Blakemore-Brown's book, Reweaving the Autistic Tapestry, should be required reading in every LEA - and in the Department of Health. It is very persuasive. -- Earl Howe, Speech to the House of Lords, 5 Feb 2003 Lisa Blakemore-Brown has written a helpful and detailed book about children in the autism, aspergers, and attention deficit hyperactivity spectrum of developmental disorders. Her overarching metaphor of the tapestry warp and weft, interbalancing and patterning speaks to the complexity of the child within the autistic spectrum of disorders. Helping to make sense of such a complex pattern may enable parents and treating professionals to emerge from what seems like a tangled spider's web of contradictions. -- Metapsychology This book compares (in Blakemore-Brown's own terms, 'interweaves') the two spectrum disorders, autism and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder.The sections on causes and on definition and description are very useful, and make interesting reading. They include the most up to-to-date research information that I have seen published, and an intelligent discussion on the material. -- Speach Weaving and tapestry are attractive metaphors that can help us to imagine the vast numbers of variables involved in the complex and pervasive manifestations of what we call autism and to understanding the concept of a spectrum of related disorders. The idea of individual and unique tapestries for each person is valuable, in helping us to ponder the possible effects of planned interventions in the fabric of a person's life. The metaphor of reweaving a tangled tapestry can help us envision how to plan and carry through the interventions. It may help us guard against the dangers of over-simplifying the difficulties in expecting that a single intervention will fix all. -- OMRSN Book Reviews

About the Author

Lisa Blakemore-Brown is an independent applied psychologist specialising in ADHD, Asperger Syndrome and related disorders. She is Chairwoman of Promoting Parenting Skills (BPS Psychologists). Her recent research has focused on early intensive system intervention, and the increasing professional recognition of the overlapping features of ADHD and Asperger Syndrome.

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Reweaving the Autistic Tapestry is written by British Child Psychologist and Expert in Autism Lisa Blakemore-Brown. This book explains Autism, Aspergers and ADHD in a simple and inspired way using the metaphor 'Tapestry' to describe the way that these conditions are often interwoven with the conditions Dyspraxia, Dyslexia and compulsive disorders to make up the child's unique profile which Ms Blakemore-Brown calls the tapestry.
This book includes case studies which are explained in depth, giving the child's background history, the assessment itself, how conclusions are made and the subsequent recommendations. There is a chapter explaining what is meant by the use of the various terms and expressions which is very useful to parents and professionals alike.In an informed way Ms Blakemore-Brown explains how mis diagnoses can occur because the wider picture is ignored or the child does not quite fit the criteria for any particular disorder and therefore is never given any diagnoses. This book also endeavours to explain the often failing system and why it sometimes fails our children with peaditricians blaming parents for the problems presented. Also included is a check list for Autism and ADHD and different interventions, therapies and diets which can help some children.
This book is a must for parents and professionals often struggling with the changing face of Autism. Ms Blakemore-Browns unique, sensitive, humourous and yet factual approach makes this book easy to read and makes the complexities of Autism more understandable.
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The book arrived in good time and was in the condition described. I will look forward to reading this book as it will help me in all aspects of my personal and professional life.
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In 2003 the publishers of this book recognised the great value of including a quote from Earl Frederick Howe who spoke about it in The House of Lords on February 5th 2003. He stated that the book was "very persuasive" and should be read by EVERY education authority AND the Department of Health.

Another run of the book happened and this quote was then put on the back page. Although I managed to get hold of a few copies, since then it has been impossible, even from the Distributors.

Can anyone help with copies of this book - 2003 version ?
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c4bdf6c) out of 5 stars Breaking down the complexity of autism 15 Feb. 2003
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Lisa Blakemore-Brown has managed to break down some of the mysticism that is
autism and it's related disorders. She does this by likening the different
problems each child faces as being a strand of thread which combines with
others to create the beautiful, uniquely original and immensely complex
beings that are autistic spectrum disorder children in a tapestry of both
abilities and disabilities.
This book goes a long way to explaining why ASD children are the way they
are and also why it is so difficult to diagnose them. The reason for this
metaphor is to remind us that autistic spectrum children - even the most
high functioning ADHD and Asperger's - can be very difficult and frustrating
to manage at times. By alluding to their behaviour as being woven into a
tapestry, it serves as a reminder to those who care for such children that
with the pain of their care can come great delight also if we are aware of
why they behave the way they do.
This is a touching and very powerful book which every ASD parent must read.
Skilfully blending scientific fact with true life examples and artistic
reference, Lisa Blakemore-Brown has managed to create a book that is both
informative and comforting.
Not just an examination of her theory of "weaving the tapestry" however,
this book also is one of the best reference resources for early diagnostic
criteria. This a must for any parent who suspects their child has a
problem, or even for those who have a diagnosis but which the parents
suspect is not quite accurate to cover all their child's difficulties. It
also examines the latest interventions and treatments for all forms of ASD -
from ABA and behavioural techniques to diet and medication.
Your child needs you to read this book!
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c1e8030) out of 5 stars Superb book, but the editing! 24 Jan. 2003
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Reweaving The Autistic Tapestry by Lisa Blakemore-Brown, aside from droning on too long (too much information--too many words), working the tapestry metaphor until i could SCREAM, and using the lyrics to "Groovy Kind of Love" (rather tacky) to illustrate one of the author's points, is excellent. Hmmm...
Too much information.
Too many words.
Lack of social awareness.
Now I can see WHY she gets it. It takes one to know one. The author definitely knows whereof she speaks, as do I.
This is the first cogent work I've seen on the subject of
AD(H)D and Autistic Spectrum Disorders; head and shoulders above The ADHD-Autism Connection, which contains not one original thought, and has only platitudes to offer, when what is called for is insight.
Reweaving the Autistic Tapestry is accessible to laymen, but detailed and sufficiently technical to be of value to professionals who work with people on the Autistic Spectrum and the ADD Spectrum.
Blakemore-Brown, while not completely eschewing the DSM, does make clear that it is not to be taken literally, and that the kinds of diagnoses she discusses are, of necessity, rooted in subjectivity.
The author is so realistic as to consider myriad other possible comorbid disorders in the case histories she discusses.
Highly recommended, but the editor deserves twenty lashes with a wet noodle.
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