Uniquely Human

Uniquely Human

A Different Way of Seeing Autism

Book - 2015
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A groundbreaking book on autism, by one of the world's leading experts, who portrays autism as a unique way of being human--this is "required reading....Breathtakingly simple and profoundly positive" ( Chicago Tribune ).

Autism therapy typically focuses on ridding individuals of "autistic" symptoms such as difficulties interacting socially, problems in communicating, sensory challenges, and repetitive behavior patterns. Now Dr. Barry M. Prizant offers a new and compelling paradigm: the most successful approaches to autism don't aim at fixing a person by eliminating symptoms, but rather seeking to understand the individual's experience and what underlies the behavior.

"A must-read for anyone touched by autism... Dr. Prizant's Uniquely Human is a crucial step in promoting better understanding and a more humane approach" (Associated Press). Instead of classifying "autistic" behaviors as signs of pathology, Dr. Prizant sees them as part of a range of strategies to cope with a world that feels chaotic and overwhelming. Rather than curb these behaviors, it's better to enhance abilities, build on strengths, and offer supports that will lead to more desirable behavior and a better quality of life.

"A remarkable approach to autism....A truly impactful, necessary book" ( Kirkus Reviews , starred review), Uniquely Human offers inspiration and practical advice drawn from Dr. Prizant's four-decade career. It conveys a deep respect for people with autism and their own unique qualities. Filled with humanity and wisdom, Uniquely Human "should reassure parents and caregivers of kids with autism and any other disability that their kids are not broken, but, indeed, special" ( Booklist , starred review).
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, ©2015.
ISBN: 9781476776231
Characteristics: x, 256 pages ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Fields-Meyer, Thomas - Author


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bookgirlatDCL Jan 22, 2017

One of the best books I've read about autistic children. The author is compassionate and respectful, treating autistics as whole human beings whose autism is just normal human behaviour taken to extremes..."Autism isn't an illness. It's a different way of being human..." His focus is on the "why," looking for the underlying stressors and then looking for ways to communicate and help. Forget about a 'cure.' Let's learn tolerance, understanding, and appreciation for the beauty of diversity!

Jan 11, 2016

What a wonderful book! "Uniquely Human" is written by a speech therapist who helps children with autism. Prizant uses anecdotes from his decades of experience to reveal how the "strange behaviors" of children with autism are often creative and even desperate attempts to communicate. This book provides a hopeful and encouraging perspective for parents and families of children with autism.

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