A Holistic Approach
Dr. Marga Hogenboom and Bob Woodward
With a foreword by Colwyn Trevarthen, Professor Emeritus of Child Psychology and Psychobiology, University of Edinburgh
This is the first really useful book on autism that I’ve found. Autism – A Holistic Approach caused me to breath a sigh of relief: “Finally, someone is discussing what can be done to help!” as well as a smile of hope: “Now, perhaps we can move ahead on this!”
The authors have written a wonderful guide to the phenomena of autism – they offer a penetrating and thorough description of the symptoms and what they say about the world of the autistic human being. More importantly, in my opinion, they document case after case and describe in clear detail what sort of therapeutic work was done with the individual and what the results were! This is what I’ve been looking for over all these years – a source that would clearly describe these simple therapies and clearly document the results that were observed.
The therapies used are so simple in most cases that should you have an autistic person in your care, but no experts in autism within your reach, I believe that most people could safely and effectively follow through with these activities. And this is the real joy of this book – that it presents a clear picture of what to do, a picture so clear that caregivers and professionals alike can take up this work.
I can’t recommend this book highly enough for anyone working or living with someone with autism.