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Autism: Explaining the Enigma

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The updated edition of this classic account of autism includes a new chapter outlining recent developments in neuropsychological research, and overviews of the most important theoretical and practical consequences of Frith's original insights into this puzzling condition. Updated edition of this classic account of autism. Includes new sections covering practical and theore...more
Paperback, 249 pages
Published April 18th 2003 by Blackwell Publishers (first published September 14th 1989)
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Alina
Best available text on the subject, particularly as it doesn't feel like a textbook. Relatively short, one can easily read the whole thing and gain an accumulative understanding of the condition. Key points and arguments are reiterated and contrasted throughout, in an accessible manner with an almost narrative-like tone, in simple jargon-free language. Certainly aids comprehension far more than a clinical 'dip in, dip out' standard psychology textbook.
Linda
This book provided information on autism in the past and present, such as suggesting that "changelings" of the past might have been children with certain disorders. It was one of the books used in a class I took on autism spectrum disorders.
Jonas Gehrlein
A bit short but comperehensive overview over autism.
Quite good description of the handicaps with Theory of Mind and weak central coherence.
It focuses maybe a bit to much on cases but absolutely recommendable for anyone who wants to know more about the disorder,
drTee
Jun 13, 2012 drTee rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Parents and grandparents
Recommended to drTee by: Professor
This book was a first-read for me in graduate school studying clinical psychology. There was so much research on the market, in the papers, and in journal articles on autism spectrum disorders and the origin of autism. Uta Frith takes the research and condenses it into an organized gestalt (or whole) and helps the reader to conceptualize autism in a more organized and systematic way. The book is stimulating for students (undergraduate and graduate psychology and biology) and parents or grandpare...more
swalterich
Very interesting. Discusses how autism is a true disability, though not necessarily in terms of IQ. Everything is backed up with scientific research. For example it discusses how autistic children lack theory of mind, or the ability to guess what other people are thinking, and back it up with an interesting experiment that compared reactions between 'normal' children, Down syndrome children (who came to the same conclusions), and autistic children. Informative read that tells exactly how autisti...more
Cristina
I found this book super interesting. It takes a look at the enigmas of Autism from historical/literary figures throughout history to what is being found by modern brain scanning. Uta Frith goes over some of the more interesting theories and tests. If one theory doesn't excite you, skip ahead to the next one. If Autism makes you curious, this is a great book!
Rosa
Alas, I only had enough time to get halfway through the book before I left Austin, but I loved what I read. Frith discusses autism in interesting, accessible terms, and the section about possible historic cases of autism was quite engaging.
Tamara
Aug 17, 2013 Tamara added it
Very good book for families and parents of children with autism spectrum disorders. Very simple, direct, and understandable. Nothing "scientific" or intimidating about this book.
Hadesdump
Chiarissimo e utilissimo, molto facile da leggere. Un must per chi è interessato all'argomento.
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