Uniquely Human

A Different Way of Seeing Autism

Recommended by Steve Silberman, and 1 others. See all reviews

Ranked #5 in Autism, Ranked #10 in Pediatricssee more rankings.

Autism is usually portrayed as a checklist of deficits, including difficulties interacting socially, problems in communicating, sensory challenges, and repetitive behavior patterns. This perspective leads to therapies focused on ridding individuals of autistic symptoms. In Uniquely Human, Dr. Barry M. Prizant suggests a major shift in understanding autism: Instead of classifying "autistic" behaviors as signs of pathology, he sees them as strategies to cope with a world that feels chaotic and overwhelming. Rather than curb these behaviors, it's better to enhance abilities, build on... more

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Steve Silberman The authors provide helpful strategies for enabling autistic children to build on their natural strengths, instead of dwelling on what they can’t do. (Source)

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