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Neurotribes

The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently
Narrated by: William Hope
Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (196 ratings)
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Summary

What is autism: a devastating developmental condition, a lifelong disability, or a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius?

In truth it is all of these things and more - and the future of our society depends on our understanding it. Following on from his groundbreaking article 'The Geek Syndrome', Wired reporter Steve Silberman unearths the secret history of autism, long suppressed by the same clinicians who became famous for discovering it, and finds surprising answers to the crucial question of why the number of diagnoses has soared in recent years.

Going back to the earliest autism research and chronicling the brave and lonely journey of autistic people and their families through the decades, Silberman provides long-sought solutions to the autism puzzle while casting light on the growing movement of 'neurodiversity' and mapping out a path towards a more humane world for people with learning differences.

©2016 Steve Silberman (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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Varied and informative.

Much easier to listen to than it was to read. Includes examples of successful autists while also showing those individuals who, along with their families struggle the most and their challenges and successes. Demonstrates how guidelines for the diagnosis have evolved and why. With an interesting look at those involved such as Leo Kanner, Hans Asperger, Lorna Wing, Wakefield and many other lesser known.

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A journey through the history of autism.

Many parent who have newly diagnosed autistic sons or daughters are at the beginning of a journey with their child to optimise their life chances. There are courses on offer and 'expert specialists' who can advise us, but where did the culture of diagnosis and treatments available develop and what precipitates their development. This book will help anyone develop an understanding of some of the challenges faced by families with autistic members. The book also charts the political, social and economic influences that have shaped what we recognise as autism today. As an autistic person and mother of two autistic children reading this book, it is wonderful to hear that resources are moving away from curing or eradicating to focus on support to integrate people affected by autism into a health daily life. Lorna Wing and Asperger emerge with Temple Grandin as the heroes of this book, I think they are also my heroes.
The book is more approachable to read than some academic works and offers an over view of some of the theories surrounding autism. Not shying away from the darker days of the Second World War in Europe and how many young children were murdered because of their disability, it is at time challenging but well worth reading.

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I have my answers at last

I consider this book so important that I've just bought several copies to give to other parents of children with autism. This is a "must" read!

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informative and well written

What made the experience of listening to Neurotribes the most enjoyable?

this is a good piece of well researched journalism. Steve is sympathetic and optimistic and has a way of structuring his points which its difficult to argue with( though not impossible)

this is a detailed history of Autism, dispelling the epidemic theory, and advocating acceptance and a celebration of diversity

Who was your favorite character and why?

lol... Asperger

What about William Hope’s performance did you like?

really well read,

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

it definitely has it's moments

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  • 26-05-18

This an excellent detailed history of Autism.

This nook is worth the read! had it on my book case for a while in paper but could not get the chance to read it, when it came on audible I was really pleased! worth the time to listen to properly.

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Interesting book.

I felt the book was well researched informative and unbiased, talking both about struggles faced by both those on the spectrum and their families and their triumphs although I'm hardly an expert I feel a little more like one after reading this. Each different story told explored a different perspective or shared a little more about the history of autism.
The narrator was easily able to keep my attention and I feel he added alot with his performance. The only thing was the seemingly random numbers that popped up during chapters likely to indicate mini chapters or something.

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A Sound Guy

I first came across Steve Silberman on BBC Racio 3's Private Passions - a kind of Desert Island Discs, but more in-depth. The episode is still available at the time or writing: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07qblw7 Silberman came across as a very sound guy an an eloquent spokesman for neuro-atypicals. The book mixes a history of developing theories about autism, with some cruel mindsets getting involved - eugenics - need I say more? The individual tales are a mix of heart-breaking and inspirational. The book is very well written and, like any good study, is as much a study of life and attitudes as it is of the subject at hand.

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boring, boring, boring, boring

This book was awfully boring, I feel ripped off. Life is too short to read this book.

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a splendid read and great account of autism history with a focus on those most effected by autism.

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Essential reading

For anyone interested in neurodiversity, and the social science of psychiatric diagnoses, you need to start here!

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  • sanjay podder
  • 25-01-19

The Best Book on Autism

If you want to understand Autism in depth and what you can do about it... this book is a must and sufficient read. The author has done an amazing service to Humanity with this book. God Bless Him!!!

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  • 14-08-18

So you think Autism is a recent invention?

A fascinating and thoroughly readable deep dive into the roots and history of autism through stories. Some stories made me angry - we have not always treated those who are different well - some made me laugh, some made me go 'ahh, that explains it'. I especially enjoyed the section on how those who have been diagnosed are taking ownership of the way autism is perceived and changing the focus from cure to support and community.
For most, this is a book to be read in sections overtime as it is a huge amount of information to process. The writing and the narration are both very easy to work with and not at all like listening to a text book. The author is a journalist after all.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who works with or knows someone or is on the spectrum.