This is the kind of history that not only informs but enlarges the spirit. Donvan: Boy, that is the question of the moment in the autism conversation. Welcome to my blog, The Next Book on My List, a blog dedicated to books! Notice that I said families and not stories about autistic children. These gripping personal stories give the book tremendous narrative drive. Beginning in the 1930s and continuing to the present I found out the history of autism itself while still not understanding exactly what it is. This book hit all the right notes with me. Zucker: Well it depends who you are actually, because autism is now seen as a spectrum, and the spectrum is so broad right now that there are people on one end of it that are severely, severely disabled and you can't help but call it a disability because people are literally injuring themselves — they can't communicate, they can't do things by themselves.
Yet even the man usually credited with first recognizing autism, a Baltimore-based child psychiatrist named Leo Kanner, doubted that the profound impairment in social relatedness he first reported seeing in 11 children in 1943 was, in fact, something new in human history. The answer to what autism is, its history, and its divisive battles, In A Different Key offers readers a satisfying and enlightening account of the various perspectives of autism. The same applies to books about autism. Unfolding over decades, it is a beautifully rendered history of ordinary people determined to secure a place in the world for those with autism—by liberating children from dank institutions, campaigning for their right to go to school, challenging expert opinion on what it means to have autism, and persuading society to accept those who are different. So when this hefty book arrived, I worried about being swamped with medical jargon and dry discussions of research papers.
Fast-paced and far-reaching, this book contextualizes the arguments that autism is a horrifying epidemic with those that say it is a valuable aspect of human diversity. Air and water pollution have also been posited. The book shares many stories of families who have a child diagnosed with autism. In his mom's opinion, Tyler's experience of autism is very, very limiting in his life and his ability to dress himself, to shave himself, to feed himself, to go out the front door by himself and not run into traffic. This is especially frustrating considering the amount of pages given to the anti-vaccine crowd when their point-of-view holds no water. That's like saying no one died of murder until they developed forensic testing! One of my daughters is a school teacher and the other works with juveniles involved in the court system so I've heard their experiences with children with autism and yet even that didn't give me the full background I was searching for. All you'd really know after reading is that autistic people themselves lead the movement and parents of autistic kids typically don't like it.
As with many new medical conditions there is a lot of trial and error to go through before figuring out just what you're dealing with. After reading this book I feel I have a very fair representation of the condition called autism and where this story stands today. It's also something larger: a fascinating exploration of a social movement that grappled with the mysteries of mind, behavior, and the relationship between parents and children. It's engrossing, well-researched, and well-written. From my layperson viewpoint, it was engaging, educational and often touching.
The book is written by two journalists who have been heavily involved in reporting about autism and have a personal interest, as parents of children with autism, in the issues surrounding advocacy, intervention and treatment of autism. Most especially it embeds these developments within stories of people whose lives defined and shaped the course of autism. In a Different Key shares the often debilitating aspects of autism yet shows how those with autism can and do flourish with the right supports and environments, and how their lives, and the lives of their families, are filled with joys and triumphs and fun and irreverence, too. Taking on the story of autism has It would be difficult for me to give this incredible accumulation of information any rating other than five stars. The book begins by sharing the story of a child who is believed to be the first child with autism. Anyway, in graduate school and while I was doing my internships, I loved worked with children. In A Different Key The Story of Autism demonstrates clearly how the medical profession can get things all wrong.
I flew through this massive book, which is a history of how autism was given a name and how that name — and the development of the autism spectrum and what that diagnosis entails — has shifted, and continues to shift, from the 1940s to the present. Although a bit lengthy, it reads much quicker than one might anticipate due to its readability. One of the things most impressive to me was the decision of the authors to keep the autism story centered on people instead of making it about statistics and numbers and graphs and charts. I have been the mother of an autistic son since 1988. That boy, Donald Triplett had well educated parents, like mine but they were wealthy unlike mine. I flew through this massive book, which is a history of how autism was given a name and how that name — and the development of the autism spectrum and what that diagnosis entails — has shifted, and continues to shift, from the 1940s to the present. It also uncovered some important parts of the history of the creation of the diagnostic category, namely the fact that two of Asperger's clinicians, Georg Frankl and Anni Weiss, also worked for Kanner in his clinic at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore.
In A Different Key is a monumental piece of journalism that promises to be a classic, a comprehensive baseline for evidence only future research can reveal. This book helped me learn more about my loved ones with Autism, not only do I have a cousin with Autism, my best friends daughter is as well as some children I have worked with. In A Different Key The Story of Autism is not only an essential read for parents raising a child with autism but for everyone who is interested in allaying their ignorance on the subject of autism. One does not even have to be interested in Autism to appreciate fully what the authors have done with this book. I was hesitant that it might be a hard read or a boring read. He finds joy in everything, and he lives his life to the fullest every day. The sole purpose of this blog is to share my thoughts with you about books, authors, events and what's happening in the book community! It's also something larger: a fascinating exploration of a social movement that grappled with the mysteries of mind, behavior, and the relationship between parents and children.
Upcoming shoots are set up before year end in Texas, Alaska, New York and back to California. The reference list, sorted into chronological order, is an excellent resource for constructing the factual time-line and deviations from it. In a Different Key also provides a fresh take on the issue of neurodiversity in all its complexity. Along the way we meet heroes Dr. My brother is severely autistic. Within a decade and a half, Howe was a celebrated educator.
In many of the stories within the book, I noticed that there was a heavy focus on the emotions that the parents of the autistic child were feeling and very little said about the autistic child's own feelings. Makes every excuse for unfit parents while demeaning and dismissing self-advocacy in all forms. I remember picking this book up as a teenager and putting it right back …. I mean, parents were told to put their children into institutions, and that was what the norm was 50 years ago. Having an autistic son who is diagnosed as an Asperger's I was very interested in this book and what it had to say of the spectrum. It's quite up-to-date and current up till the 2010's.