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Uniquely Human - A Different Way of Seeing Autism

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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 Prizant offers a 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).

Barry M. Prizant, PhD, CCC-SLP, is among the world’s leading authorities on autism, with more than forty years of experience as a scholar, researcher, and international consultant. He is an adjunct professor at Brown University and coauthor of The SCERTS Model: A Comprehensive Educational Approach, now being implemented in more than a dozen countries. Dr. Prizant has published more than 120 articles and chapters, and has received many awards including the 2014 Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2005 Princeton University-Eden Foundation Career Award in Autism, and the 2013 “Divine Neurotypical Award” of GRASP. Dr. Prizant lives in Cranston, RI, with his wife, Dr. Elaine Meyer, and their teenage son.

ISBN-13: 978-1476776231

Reviews (4)

LENEXA, Kansas
June 10 2016
Customer Review: Amazon Customer - An excellent read for anyone who has a child with Autism in their life. This book was amazing at putting into words the experiences of people with Autism and those who care for and interact with them. It is encouraging, informative, lighthearted and has a broad scope of information and practical insights. The best part of this book is helping people who do not have Autism to see the world through the eyes of people who do. My only and (MINIMAL) criticism is to say that the overarching theme is for people without Autism to change and adapt to understand and work with people who have Autism. While this is true, I think its important to stress this is a 2-way street. We all need to adapt to meet one another where we are, both people with/without Autism
LENEXA, Kansas
June 10 2016
Customer Review: Rakell Colotta - This book is a MUST for families with people who have Autism. Very readable. Great advice and insight--not clinical. Professionals can definitely benefit from this book as well. BEST book I have ever read on Autism. Buying for my whole family.
LENEXA, Kansas
June 10 2016
Customer Review: Ann Spiller - A must read for parents and therapists!
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