Uniquely Human A Different Way of Seeing Autism Essential reading for any parent teacher therapist or caregiver of a person with autism a groundbreaking book on autism by one of the world s leading experts who portrays autism not as a tragic d

  • Title: Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism
  • Author: Barry M. Prizant Tom Fields-Meyer
  • ISBN: 9781476776231
  • Page: 490
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Essential reading for any parent, teacher, therapist, or caregiver of a person with autism a groundbreaking book on autism, by one of the world s leading experts, who portrays autism not as a tragic disability, but as a unique way of being human.Autism is usually portrayed as a checklist of deficits, including difficulties interacting socially, problems in communicating,Essential reading for any parent, teacher, therapist, or caregiver of a person with autism a groundbreaking book on autism, by one of the world s leading experts, who portrays autism not as a tragic disability, but as a unique way of being human.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 Now Dr Barry M Prizant, an internationally renowned autism expert, offers a new and compelling paradigm the most successful approaches to autism don t aim at fixing a person by eliminating symptoms, but rather seeking to understand the individual s experience and what underlies the behavior.In Uniquely Human, Dr Prizant suggests a major shift in understanding autism Instead of classifying autistic behaviors as signs of pathology, he sees them as part of a range of strategies to cope with a world that feels chaotic and overwhelming Rather than curb these behaviors, it s better to enhance abilities, build on strengths, and offer supports that will naturally lead to desirable behavior and a better quality of life In fact, argues Dr Prizant, attempts to eliminate autistic behaviors may actually interfere with important developmental processes.While it never discounts the difficulties of living with autism, Uniquely Human offers inspiring stories, and practical advice drawn from Dr Prizant s four decade career working in universities, schools, hospitals, and in private practice It conveys a deep respect for people with autism and the qualities that make them special Filled with humanity and wisdom, Uniquely Human offers a compassionate and insightful perspective that parents, professionals, and family members will find uplifting and hopeful.

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    1. This book had One Good Idea and exploited it from every angle. Maybe that works for a text book and maybe it reads well as positive enforcement for someone dealing with a child with autism but it didn't work for me.The One Good Idea was that obsessions should be viewed as Enthusiasms. Encouraging these enthusiasms, such as being obsessive about train timetables can be used as behaviour modifiers both by bribery, 'if you don't talk to anyone about trains but go along with them for the next hour w [...]

    2. If I could give this book six stars, I would. Every parent of a newly diagnosed child should be given this book to read. This book is wonderful and I wish I had it to read nine years ago, when my son was diagnosed as autistic.I love how the author delves into the reasons why people with autism do some of the things that they do- echolalia, "stims", having a "fidget" object they carry around with them, or needing to stick to a routine, and having what to us NT's seem like unusual or illogical fea [...]

    3. I read this right after reading Steve Silberman's NeuroTribes, which I also highly recommend. In short, Prizant takes his 40 years of experience and presents his insights gained from the numerous cases he's been exposed to or worked with. Two main themes that run in this book is first to ask "Why?" when it comes to any behaviour that an autistic child exhibits, and second to always have high expectations. Asking "Why?" is about investigating the reason behind actions. Rather than dismissing a be [...]

    4. Definitely one of the best books I've read on Autism and Asperger's. Prizant takes a very inclusive, whole-child approach. He emphasizes observation and listening in order to understand individuals with autism. I love his focus on asking "why" in the face of puzzling behaviors. He looks for underlying stressors and is always searching for ways to communicate and help. A very positive approach.

    5. Necessary book offering alternative philosophies to ABA and other rigid ASD therapies. Stresses the importance of imprinting positive emotional memories and fostering general happiness in kids to both enrich their lives and - incidentally - promote learning growth. Well-written and structured by someone with over forty years of field work. Recommended for parents, therapists, and teachers.

    6. I would like to thank Simon & Schuster for providing me with a free ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an open and honest review.If you haven’t guessed from my rating – this is a fantastic book! Everyone – and I do mean EVERYONE – who interacts with children and teens on the spectrum should have a copy of (and read) this book.How wonderful to see such an excellent mind set about how to approach and interact with those on the spectrum. As a mum to a newly diagnosed HFASD s [...]

    7. Finally, we have a truly humanistic perspective on autism. If everyone read this book, there would be a lot more tolerance and understanding of neurodiversity in the world. Prizant provides readers with a deep understanding of the strengths, challenges, and coping efforts of individuals with autism. He carefully balances an understanding of autism as a difference in neurological wiring with an understanding that the word autism does not limit or wholly define an individual. All autistic behavior [...]

    8. In addition to giving fantastic information on Autism, this author gives first hand knowledge of how to handle different situations that might occur with a child. He has gone into homes, schools, institutions and after studying different children in their environment, has discovered some unique ways to empower the child and enlighten the teachers. Teachers who have studied these behaviors need to listen to the child and then be able to access the situation based on the childs needs/experiences/l [...]

    9. Everyone that lives or works with a person with ASD has to read this book.As a professional working in various educational programs for students with ASD, I often felt as if there was something more we can be doing to benefit these kids. Dr. Prizant has given a voice to the various strategies, thoughts and responses I've used in my career I just viewed as gut reactions while working in the field. There are times I have felt criticized by colleagues in the field for not following a popularly acce [...]

    10. Absolutely wonderful book about being a positive influence in an autistic child's life. I found myself marking and highlighting so many passages. The stories shared cover all age ranges- Into adulthood- and I found that particularly helpful. Mostly this book is an affirmation that as a parent I have a say in my child's life and I can trust my instincts. Prizant must be a deeply empathetic human being and his philosophy on autism can be applied and used to better parent and teach all human beings [...]

    11. MUST-READ! Absolutely a must read for every parent, family member, educator, provider of care, and even those who want educate themselves with Autism. Finally a book with such deep understanding of Autism Spectrum for what it is: "Autism isn't an illness. It's a different way of being human" Indeed! Truer words have never been written. Highly recommend reading this wonderful, compassionate book.

    12. One of my favorite books for helping families and staff to understand and truly support children and adults on the spectrum. Very respectful, full of appreciation for the beauty of diversity, and a fairly easy read. Recommend for anyone new to autism, especially, but really anyone who has someone with autism in their life.

    13. As an autistic individual, this book cannot be more amazing! Every parent, teacher, relative, and professional must read this book! Dr. Barry Prizant finally puts into words what I and many others as autistic individuals already knew but could not say.

    14. This book is truly groundbreaking. I work with kids on the spectrum (and have one of my own) and read tons about autism, and I learned new things from this book. It's definitely one of the best books of the year.

    15. The best book I have read on autism. Truly allows you to move into the mind of a person with autism and try to understand.

    16. What a phenomenal book! As a parent of 2 children on the spectrum, I received a wealth of knowledge from Barry Prizant and found myself regularly highlighting passages to share with my husband. Prizant has such a wonderful, respectful approach to understanding autism. It was very refreshing to read! One thing that stuck in my head is his use of the term "Enthusiasms" to replace the oft-used negative term "Obsessions" to refer to current interests of an individual on the spectrum. I will definite [...]

    17. There were a lot of good thoughts and good advice in this book but I was put off by some of the language and Prizant's surprising lack of familiarity with autistic culture - specifically that he is either not aware or doesn't respect that autistic people have reclaimed words like "autistic" and "stimming." I think it is still an excellent read for professionals, parents, teachers, and anyone else who needs to have explained to them that autistic people have thoughts and feelings just like any ot [...]

    18. This is the book I wish I could have read when my son was diagnosed with PDD-NOS almost 6 years ago (of course, it wasn't written then). While I did not find many answers in this book, I found a whole lot of hope, and a wonderfully person-centered approach to dealing with behavior issues. I highly recommend this book not only for parents, teachers, and caregivers, but also for grandparents and others who might not understand that the autistic child's behaviors are not the result of stubbornness [...]

    19. Absolutely outstanding! A must read for parents, teachers, therapists, and anyone else that knows and loves an individual with autism.

    20. This is a must read book for those that are curious about Autism to those that come into contact with Autistic individuals whether they be doctors, teachers, parents or siblings. This book goes behind the behaviors that define the autistic person and explain very well the need to understand the causes of those behaviors and the benefit in doing so.Just the introduction alone was worth getting the book for. The part that stands out is: "Autism isn't an illness. It's a different way of being human [...]

    21. Yes, yes, yes! As a person with Autism I highly recommend this book to all parents and educators, even if you don't have a special needs kid. This man gets it.

    22. Recommended to me by a dear friend of mine with autism, this book is a interesting and well-written overview of many of the common challenges facing people with autism, along with suggestions for how to best deal with them. (I'm adopting the authors terminology of "person with autism" rather than "autistic person" here, though in truth I'm not sure where I stand on that particular disagreement)The main focus is on what it's like to be the parent(s) of a child with autism. It's a hopeful book, fr [...]

    23. I grabbed this book from the library just to browse through, but ended up reading the entire thing. I really appreciated this author's approach with children on the autistic spectrum. His main focus was trying to understand the motivations behind some of their behaviors and addressing those rather than straight behavior modification. He argues that the extreme sensitivities that some children are born with make the world a bewildering and frightening place and some of the odd behaviors (or even [...]

    24. I really enjoyed Dr. Prizant's insights into autism; I feel I have a better understanding of and ways to interact with and support my niece who is on the spectrum. Through examples and strategies, Dr. Prizant introduces you to a number of successful autistic individuals and families and what has and has not worked for them. We have always said that my niece and others like her are different, not less, but I've felt at times intimidated and uninformed about her struggles and motivations for certa [...]

    25. A pretty great book encompassing a broad range of issues and topics when working with or coming in contact with people on the autism spectrum. With decades of experience in the field, the author sees his clients as fully human, loved and cherished, just with unique perspectives and ways of dealing with the world around them.

    26. It was such a relief to read this explanation of the behavior of people with autism. Like me, Prizant believes that we need to ask WHY a person is behaving as he does, and Prizant provides some interesting explanations for "typical" autistic behaviors that make a lot of sense. I hope this book is read by everyone touched by autism!

    27. "In order to advance the mind, we must first energize the spirit." These are words that I needed to hear. This book was unique as it wasn't written solely from one perspective by rather through the eyes of parents, educators, doctors & the individuals who are living life on the autism spectrum.

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