Dr. Prizant offers insight and ideas about many topics including:
- "Perseverative" interests (appropriately re-named "enthusiasms" in the book),
- Trust, fear, and control (why kids with autism may experience these feelings and how to help),
- Emotional memory (strong emotional memories tied to specific people, places, or situations that may lead to seemingly random problem behavior),
- Echolalia and communication (quite possibly the most interesting part of the book, although it's hard to choose),
- Social skills and social understanding (why these are so hard and some common pitfalls when teaching about them), and
- Living with autism (lots of helpful ideas and perspectives in this section).
This book is a fairly easy read, not too technical, but still providing lots of helpful information. I would suggest this book for people new to autism (after they know the basics about autism) as well as people who have years of experience. I think it provides a unique lens to view a person with autism. This lens, I believe, will help us to work with children on the spectrum with more compassion and understanding. To me, this makes sense. We work so much with these kids to understand the "neurotypical" world. This book offers the chance to return the favor by developing a better understanding of them.
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