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Developing College Skills in Students with Autism and Aspergers Syndrome
Sarita Freedman

From a parents viewpoint an easy to read guide on the potential hazards andpitfalls that high functioning students on the Autism Disorder Spectrum attending Higher Eduation college or University for the first time are likely to encounter. The guide starting from preparation for higher education at an early age in secondary education is a comprehensive one and certainly reinforces the need for preparedness via the Transition Service, provided by the Statuatory Education Service providers.The book is essential reading for key workers in the Education system,and is considered to be a guide for parents with adolescents on the spectrum.
The book provides in Chapter 1 an overview and awareness of Autism in relatively simple terms with enough technical information without the reader becoming lost in the semantics. Ensuing chapters identitfy skillsstrengths and weaknesses, analysing and indentifying strategies for the students survival in a challenging environment, especially if the student is leaving the home environment for the first time.
The book is written by an American author for theAmerican Education System, however readers in the home education system will instantly recognise the familiar,and identify similar practises and readily translate into the British Education System.
The final chapter isa review of the current state of affairs with regard to Autism and I was immediately struck with the realisation that whilst this review is the current American model, its similarity to the UK model is remarkable.
Robin Burn
July 2010 


Children who do not look you in the eye
Antonio Parisi

Whoever has to deal with autism, whether that person be a parent or a professional, has to be able to answer two questions: what caused the syndrome and how to deal with it.
Carl Delacato answered both these questions in a neurological perspective: what causes the autistic syndrome is a disorder of the central nervous system, due to a mild diffuse brain injury; he also suggested a sensorial-perspective neuro-rehabilitation to overcome the disorder.
Dr Delacato’s hypothesis is greatly different from the psychoanalytical therapies which treated the person affected by Autism as some one with mental disorders and thereby resulted in unjustly blaming parents and not being able to stop the natural course of the condition.
Since the 70,s, years during which Carl Delacato first announced his theory, the most sophisticated researches in the neuro-diagnostical field have conclusively and irrefutably confirmed his theory and scientifically demonstrated the validity of his neurological based rehabilitation method.
By offering professionals and parents a clear understanding, the author of this book Antonio Parisi, brings to light the connections between neuroscientists world wide, and Dr Delacato’s therapy.

A chapter by Anna Lisa Buonomo offers a biological based interpretation of autistic behaviour, the causes of which had seemed to be sought in vain.


Theory of Mind and the Triad of Perspectives on Autism and Asperger Syndrome - A View from the Bridge
Olga Bogdashina.

Inspired by the often uncomfortable interplay between autistic individuals, parents and professionals in understanding autistic spectrum conditions, Olga Bogdashina uses the concept of Theory of Mind (ToM) to consider these groups' different (and often conflicting) perspectives.

ToM is the ability to imagine and make judgements about what others feel and think; its absence in autistic individuals is called 'mindblindness'. This book addresses the 'mindblindness' of people united in their interest in autism but divided by their different angles and perspectives. Divided into four parts, the book first defines autism, then the views of the three main groups working with it - autistic individuals, parents and professionals - under the headings of classifications, diagnosis, causes, development, theories and treatment. By comparing and reconciling the different perspectives in this way, the book helps each group to understand and predict each other's responses and behaviours.

This enlightening and innovative book offers a unique way of 'stepping in each other's shoes' and is a valuable resource for all people living or working with autism.


Robin Burn
The Autism Centre
March 2005

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