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Through the Eyes of Aliens: A Book about Autistic People Paperback – Large Print, 1 Sep 1998

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers (1 Sept. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853027103
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853027109
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 0.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 563,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is such a lovely, strong, positive look at the autistic experience. It is practical and well informed, realistic and yet inspirational. -- Asperger Information.net This book is no less than an inspiration. The author, Jasmine Lee O'Neill, is severely autistic and does not use spoken language. However, she writes and draws delightfully and has a sense of her own worth and of her particular place in the world which many so-called 'normal' people would be hard put to equal. The author draws us into her inner world and explains the threatening and confusing nature of the outside world for a young autistic child. We are given insight into their often overwhelming emotions and sensory sensitivities. The whole book is suffused with gentleness and of respect for the autistic person's difference. There is also the understanding that it can be difficult for parents, particularly during the teenage years. I do not agree with everything Jasmine Lee O'Neill says. I do for instance believe that people with autism do need to some degree to learn to adapt to an alien world. However, the plea for acceptance of people who are different is one that desperately needs to be heard. Do read it, especially if you feel that people with autism should be changed into what they are not. Your perceptions may be altered. -- ALAS She offers a rich and very positive description of her experiences as a person with autism and how friends, family and the professionals who work with autistic people can be more sensitive to their needs. Rather than focusing on the frequently described negative deficits of autism, she argues that 'normalizing' autistic people - pushing them into behaving in a way that is 'alien' to their true natures - is not just ineffective but wrong. Jasmine challenges the reader to accept their difference and to celebrate their uniqueness. The book contains a wealth of insights into the autistic world and touches on all the main topics of concern for people with autism. She identifies the reasons for particular characteristic behaviour and how the autistic person should be encouraged to adapt such behaviours. -- Keynotes Jasmine is an intelligent, creative, mute autistic, who introduces us to the complexity of autism - the individuality, self-absorption, intensity and paradox. In a simple, clear and easy-to-understand style, she covers specific topics including emotions, communication and language, the teenage years and special traits. Throughout Jasmine presents the positive aspects of autism whilst acknowledging the enormous challenge of the outside world to people with autism. Jasmine describes with enthusiasm the joy than can be found in the special gifts that are part of the autistic personality and explains the confusion and distress that can be caused to people with autism by the chaos of the world and lack of understanding. Jasmine challenges us to see autism not as an illness or as a fault but as a uniqueness of personality which should be valued and respected for its strengths. She invites us to change our perception of autism and to accept and embrace its beauty and difference. -- British Journal of Occupational Therapy Jasmine Lee O'Neill is autistic and proud of it. This very positive attitude permeates her book and in it she provides a spirited defence of autism and rejoices in the quirks that make people what they are. She is realistic and down to earth and well-informed on current thinking. O'Neill's main argument is against the need to "treat" autism. Professionals have much to learn from her in this respect. She provides general and specific ideas and information for intervention. The chapters on sense organs and on relationships are particularly useful. She ends the book with a stirring epilogue written to her "fellow autistics" urging them to revel in their autism, accept their differences and open up to opportunities available to them through these very differences. Ms O'Neill's refreshing insightful viewpoint expressed in this book makes it another postcard from the edge in the tradition of those from Temple Grandin and Donna Williams, but with a joyous twist. -- Therapy Weekly

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This is such a lovely, strong, positive look at the autistic experience. It is practical and well informed, realistic and yet inspirational. (Asperger Information.net)

This book is no less than an inspiration. The author, Jasmine Lee O'Neill, is severely autistic and does not use spoken language. However, she writes and draws delightfully and has a sense of her own worth and of her particular place in the world which many so-called 'normal' people would be hard put to equal. The author draws us into her inner world and explains the threatening and confusing nature of the outside world for a young autistic child. We are given insight into their often overwhelming emotions and sensory sensitivities. The whole book is suffused with gentleness and of respect for the autistic person's difference. There is also the understanding that it can be difficult for parents, particularly during the teenage years. I do not agree with everything Jasmine Lee O'Neill says. I do for instance believe that people with autism do need to some degree to learn to adapt to an alien world. However, the plea for acceptance of people who are different is one that desperately needs to be heard. Do read it, especially if you feel that people with autism should be changed into what they are not. Your perceptions may be altered. (ALAS)

She offers a rich and very positive description of her experiences as a person with autism and how friends, family and the professionals who work with autistic people can be more sensitive to their needs. Rather than focusing on the frequently described negative deficits of autism, she argues that 'normalizing' autistic people - pushing them into behaving in a way that is 'alien' to their true natures - is not just ineffective but wrong. Jasmine challenges the reader to accept their difference and to celebrate their uniqueness. The book contains a wealth of insights into the autistic world and touches on all the main topics of concern for people with autism. She identifies the reasons for particular characteristic behaviour and how the autistic person should be encouraged to adapt such behaviours. (Keynotes)

Jasmine is an intelligent, creative, mute autistic, who introduces us to the complexity of autism - the individuality, self-absorption, intensity and paradox. In a simple, clear and easy-to-understand style, she covers specific topics including emotions, communication and language, the teenage years and special traits. Throughout Jasmine presents the positive aspects of autism whilst acknowledging the enormous challenge of the outside world to people with autism. Jasmine describes with enthusiasm the joy than can be found in the special gifts that are part of the autistic personality and explains the confusion and distress that can be caused to people with autism by the chaos of the world and lack of understanding. Jasmine challenges us to see autism not as an illness or as a fault but as a uniqueness of personality which should be valued and respected for its strengths. She invites us to change our perception of autism and to accept and embrace its beauty and difference. (British Journal of Occupational Therapy)

Jasmine Lee O'Neill is autistic and proud of it. This very positive attitude permeates her book and in it she provides a spirited defence of autism and rejoices in the quirks that make people what they are. She is realistic and down to earth and well-informed on current thinking. O'Neill's main argument is against the need to "treat" autism. Professionals have much to learn from her in this respect. She provides general and specific ideas and information for intervention. The chapters on sense organs and on relationships are particularly useful. She ends the book with a stirring epilogue written to her "fellow autistics" urging them to revel in their autism, accept their differences and open up to opportunities available to them through these very differences. Ms O'Neill's refreshing insightful viewpoint expressed in this book makes it another postcard from the edge in the tradition of those from Temple Grandin and Donna Williams, but with a joyous twist. (Therapy Weekly)

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Written in a down to earth, easy to understand manner Jasmine Lee O'Neill's - Through the Eyes of Aliens gives parents the information they truly need the most. The author leaves no stone unturned covering all the most important issues from sensory to social issues and more.Out of all the books I have ever read it makes the most sense. If I could choose one book for someone just starting out or trying to make sense of all the information out there this would be it.
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As an autistic man myself, with a published autobiography, I should like to take this opportunity to recommend, in the strongest possible terms, this, another book from Jessica Kingsley Publishers. It is "Through the Eyes of Aliens" by Jasmine Lee O'Neill.
I had ordered a copy for myself because, I must admit, the title fascinated me. (It correlated with a major point that I made in my own book.) It turned out to be the most rewarding purchase I have made in I don't know how long.
In reading it, I was, at first, conscious of many differences in the view of autism between her and me. Then, as I read on, I realized that it was a difference only in perception, not in substance. We saw the same thing, but from different standpoints. Yet, although we had written independently (I had never heard of her until I saw her announcement in the catalogue next to mine), my mind boggled at how many of the same observations we made, even, at times, to using the same words.
Our writing styles may be quite different, but I attribute that to the fact that, whereas I am a mathematician, she is a poet. I tend to do a logical development of ideas to get to a point, and I categorize a great deal. I seem to ask, "Where might I be wrong? If so, show me." Her approach is much more intuitive, but she often makes a point (very briefly, through her choice of words) that I go through substantial analysis to make, but she does so in a more vivid manner than I could. A typical response to her might be, "Who couldn't agree with that?" On more than one occasion, my response was the greatest adulation that one writer can give to another: "I would have loved to have written that.
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By Suzie on 11 Feb. 2006
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I will struggle to find words to describe this book, though I can say I think it is beautiful and it is one of my favourites. This is such a lovely, strong, positive look at the autistic experience. It is practical and well informed, realistic, and yet inspirational. I don't know what else to say other than read it, and perhaps a warning... as a person on the spectrum myself, during and after reading this book I felt so much more relaxed and comfortable about being me that I felt even more disconnected than ever from the neurotypical people with whom I must share my life. This book is not just a book for autistic people though... it will give invaluable insight and advice to anyone who wants to see 'through the eyes of aliens'.
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I am a new comer to reading about autism. I really should have started earlier as my experience of the ASD is so limited. I found the book Through the Eyes of Aliens by Jasmine Lee O 'Neill very easy to read, given the subject, and I gained a great deal of understanding from it. It is a difficult and intriguing subject which so many of our young people suffer. This book is full of helpful information and ways of dealing with the condition in all it's variations. No two autistic people are in any way alike and this is one of the fascinating aspects of the book. I would recommend this book to anyone wishing to advance their knowledge in this field.
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Although the book level most of its comment to the condition of Autism in children, it does address many of the issues and how they relate to adults. A valuable handbook for someone trying to understand this confusing condition.
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