What causes autism? Is it a genetic disorder, or due to some unknown environmental hazard? Are we facing an autism epidemic? What are the main symptoms, and how does it relate to Asperger syndrome?
Everyone has heard of autism, but the disorder itself is little understood. It has captured the public imagination through films and novels portraying individuals with baffling combinations of disability and extraordinary talent, and yet the reality is that it often places a heavy burden on sufferers and their families.
This Very Short Introduction offers a clear statement on what is currently known about autism and Asperger syndrome. Explaining the vast array of different conditions that hide behind these two labels, and looking at symptoms from the full spectrum of autistic disorders, it explores the possible causes for the apparent rise in autism and also evaluates the links with neuroscience, psychology, brain development, genetics, and environmental causes including MMR and Thimerosal. This VSI also explores the psychology behind social impairment and savantism, and sheds light on what it is like to live inside the mind of the sufferer.
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©2008 Uta Frith (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
This is a useful and informative book for those who want to begin to understand autism, its effects and the current thinking surrounding the subject. It's only drawback was in the narration, which although done in a pleasantly modulated voice was too fast given the amount of information being imparted.
"Dry reading, scientific perspective, not worth it"
I have purchased nearly every book about autism on this site and this by far is the worst one. Not only is it a very dry listening experience, but the author is clearly not the parent of an autistic child nor does it appear that she has much interaction with the families of autistic children. As the parent of an autistic son, I am fighting to find out more information, in particular, how to recover my son from autism. This book does not offer any hope, discounts any new or innovative therapies, nor is interesting to listen to. Don't bother buying it and go get Jenny McCarthy's audiobooks instead!
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