the curious incident of the dog in the night-time

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the curious incident of the dog in the night-time is a novel narrated in the first person by a 15-year-old boy with autism. The author, Mark Haddon, has worked with autistic individuals and expresses the feelings and thoughts that some autistic individuals may be experiencing. When the reader becomes absorbed in the book, the concept of a spectrum disorder starts to make sense. Most of us can identify with degrees of what the narrator is experiencing. It is important to recognize our similarities along with our differences and to keep in mind that understanding each other is a challenge in both directions. It is hard to believe how little literature was available on autism only a dozen years ago and how much our understanding, while far from complete, has expanded. Continue reading

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Growing Up with Sensory Issues:Insider Tips from a Woman with Autism

jack-onswingJennifer McIlwee Myers

There hasn’t been a book that I have reviewed for the blog which I have enjoyed reading as much as this book. The author, now in her 40s, tells her own story augmented by decades of research and experience and does it in an engaging and endearing way. Since we all process the information from our senses differently, we all have some sensory issues, but “SPD happens when a person’s brain does not make good enough sense of sensory input for that person to complete the tasks of daily life without serious impediment.” p. 27 The book reads like a good historical novel which gives you the feel of the situation while you are absorbing more history than you realize…. Continue reading

A Full Life with Autism

 

Chantal Sicile-Kira and Jeremy Sicile-Kira

 

This new book, which was written by a mother and son team, focuses on the challenges of people on the autism spectrum as they move into adulthood. I recommend it for families who are facing that challenge or who will soon have the challenges of that transition. What I found to be most interesting from our perspective is a very insightful explanation by Jeremy of the differences in his visual perception before and after optometric vision therapy. Continue reading

NeuroTribes:The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity

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At the recommendation of a colleague and friend, I purchased NeuroTribes and In a Different Key: The Story of Autism at the same time and then spent months looking at them on my shelf. Would I ever read two large, dry books on the same subject? Finally, trusting the recommendation, I started to read NeuroTribes and was pleased to find out how wrong my assumption was.

 

 

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Early Patterns of Eye Gaze and Brain Connectivity

 

Initiate Developmental Cascades in Visual Cognitive Function

Frontiers in Neuroscience, April 2016

During every examination, we test a patient’s ability to track a moving object. For most patients, even very young patients, this is easy and natural to the extent that it may seem silly. But for other patients, we see wide variations in behavior usually without them realizing that they are having difficulty keeping their eyes on the target. Continue reading