Autism

Autism

A Holistic Approach

Dr. Marga Hogenboom and Bob Woodward

Third Edition

With a foreword by Colwyn Trevarthen, Professor Emeritus of Child Psychology and Psychobiology, University of Edinburgh

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$35.00

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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.

Inside an Autistic World

Spiritual experiences of people with autism

Edited by Wolfgang Weirauch

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Many individuals with autism are highly intelligent and gifted, but some are effectively imprisoned in their bodies and unable to communicate verbally. However, developments in technology have enabled autistic people to transmit their thoughts directly. In this true account, three autistic people, two of them brothers, speak via the method of "facilitated communication," with the aid of a computer keypad. What is conveyed are not just everyday thoughts and experiences, but surprising and sometimes shattering spiritual and metaphysical perceptions. The conversations reveal remarkable clairvoyant gifts, such as the ability to read other people’s thoughts, to see past lives, and to communicate with supernatural entities.

Erik speaks of a past life during World War II, and the horrendous experience of being killed at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. As a result of this, his soul had no desire to reincarnate on earth—although he also describes encounters with Christ, and how these eventually led to his present life. Andreas speaks of his perceptions of elemental beings—nature spirits—and how we can develop more intimate contact with such entities, for example through special kinds of music. He also describes Christ’s working in nature as well as his Second Coming. Each of the interviewees discuss meditation and how it can engender vital spiritual processes and perceptions. Together, their insights provide an astonishing glimpse into the way some people with autism appear to experience the world, and how their experiences can enrich our own.

Additional interviews with educators and therapists working with people with disabilities in the autistic spectrum give a broad view of progressive and inspirational educational methods.

A Real Boy

A True Story of Autism, Early Intervention, and Recovery

Christina Adams

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A Real Boy is a powerfully inspiring story, made all the more so, in my opinion, by the fact that so much that Christina Adams id for her son echoes so much of what Waldorf education has been saying and doing successfully for years.  I think this is a book that everyone can learn from, be heartened by, and then use as life brings us opportunity.

Jonah Adams had been in preschool for less than three weeks when his teachers diagnosed him as autistic.  Christina Adams was sure they were mistaken.  Then a conversation with her husband's niece, who worked with autistic children, convinced her.

Determined to uncover every secret and symptom of autism, Christina was one of the lucky ones.  By combining a special diet and the advice of a cutting-edge doctor with one-on-one instruction from speech therapists and behavioral psychologists, she and her husband found a way to seize Jonah's limited window of opportunity for recover -- and she shares this extraordinary journey with all of us in A Real Boy.

Mother Warriors

A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds

Jenny McCarthy

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The core message that I took away from Mother Warriors is one of balance.  Each of these parent's stories has the theme "my child was vaccinated and had an extreme reaction to it; in the end (with one sad exception), my child emerged autistic, but was helped to recover."  This is not, however, a diatribe against all vaccination.  It is instead a call for common sense, and for acknowledging that for all the benefits of vaccines to most children, there are some children who can be very adversely affected.  It is for these children that we must be watchful, and we acknowledging that parents really do know their children best.  And, it is for all children that Mother Warriors carries the message: never, ever give up when it comes to your children.

These parents faced harrowing experiences, felt isolated and unheard.  Yet they also found ways to really, truly help their autistic children.  This in the face of a commonly held belief about autism that "there's nothing that can be done."  I really appreciate hearing all these different people, with very different lives and perspectives, tell their story.  I'm not sure which I find most powerful: their love and determination, or all the many and varied things they found that helped their children.  Both carry a strong message of hope, one that I believe is strong enough to resonate for years to come and really help change how children are treated in relation to vaccination and also to autism.

Impossible Cure

The Promise of Homeopathy

Amy L. Lansky, Ph.D.

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Impossible Cure - The Promise of Homeopathy provides an in-depth and exciting account of the history, philosophy, science, and experience of homeopathic medicine. At the core of Impossible Cure is the amazing story of how the author's son was cured of autism with homeopathy. It also includes dozens of other testimonials of homeopathic cure, for a variety of physical, mental, and emotional conditions. Impossible Cure is an invaluable guide for anyone interested in learning more about homeopathy.

The story of Lansky's son's cure offers something more -- a detailed account of an alternative approach to autism that worked! I think that anyone who is seeking help in working with autism could only benefit from Lansky's story.

Thinking in Pictures

My Life with Autism

Temple Grandin, Ph.D.

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$16.00

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Prepare for an incredible journey into the workings of the human mind - both normal and abnormal. Temple Grandin, a Ph.D. animal researcher who is also autistic, has gifted us all with an intimate "insiders account" of autism. You will learn more about the nature of this syndrome and of the workings of your own mind from this account than you could from any collection of theoretical reports. Further, because Temple is also a consummate scientist, her report is filled with the latest discoveries about the neurological basis of autism and about what therapies have been found to work and for whom they are effective. This is a great book that is certain to help anyone working with any special human needs. Outstanding!