A cutting-edge account of the latest science of autism, from the best-selling author and advocate. When Temple Grandin was born in 1947, autism had only just been named. Today it is more prevalent than ever, with one in 88 children diagnosed on the spectrum. And our thinking about it has undergone a transformation in her lifetime: Autism studies have moved from the realm of psychology to neurology and genetics, and there is far more hope today than ever before thanks to groundbreaking new research into causes and treatments. Now Temple Grandin reports from the forefront of autism science, bringing her singular perspective to a thrilling journey into the heart of the autism revolution. Weaving her own experience with remarkable new discoveries, Grandin introduces the neuroimaging advances and genetic research that link brain science to behavior, even sharing her own brain scan to show us which anomalies might explain common symptoms. We meet the scientists and self-advocates who are exploring innovative theories of what causes autism and how we can diagnose and best treat it. Grandin also highlights long-ignored sensory problems and the transformative effects we can have by treating autism symptom by symptom, rather than with an umbrella diagnosis. Most exciting, she argues that raising and educating kids on the spectrum isn' t just a matter of focusing on their weaknesses; in the science that reveals their long-overlooked strengths she shows us new ways to foster their unique contributions. From the "Aspies" in Silicon Valley to the five-year-old without language, Grandin understands the true meaning of the word spectrum. The Autistic Brain is essential reading from the most respected and beloved voices in the field.
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"Andrea GalloÕs sparkling performance works well to lighten the neuroscience that forms the basis of this fascinating book. Her energy gives the book a personality that listeners can connect with. And her appealing vocal presence will also help listeners overlook the phrasing glitches that appear throughout the audioÑmainly out-of-place pauses that interrupt the otherwise natural rhythms of her speech. The principal author, Temple Grandin, who is autistic, shares her ongoing inquiry into the ways she is different and how neuroscience understands autism thus far. Her personal journey and the results of her meticulous scholarship are splendidly written and organized. This book has magnetic appeal, along with enough up-to-date technical information to fill a graduate-level course. T.W. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"