Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism (2015) by Barry Prizant, Ph.D. and Tom Fields-Meyer is a fantastic new book. I can’t say enough good things about this superb contribution. Having read hundreds of autism books from parents, researchers, teachers, therapists, and people with autism, and having written a few myself, I would have to say Uniquely Human is ground-breaking and one of the best yet. Instead of fixing a person by eliminating symptoms, Dr. Prizant provides a compelling alternative view by seeking to understand the individual’s experience and what underlies the behavior. As a parent, I wish I had it 30 years ago when my son was 5. As a psychologist, it is now the first book I recommend to parents when they have a child diagnosed on the autism spectrum. With countless nuanced clinical vignettes, Prizant guides readers to the vital insights regarding child development and emotional regulation so necessary for understanding the “why” of the spectrum of autism.
"Autism Speaks Welcomes Three New Board Members" :
Debra Muzikar does a written interview with Dr. Stephen Shore about the Autism Speaks changes:
"I have decided to resign from the Science and Treatment Boards, which are my only formal connections to Autism Speaks".........
"Autism Speaks has a lot of potential with its media presence, public name recognition, celebrity connections and fundraising power. It could do a lot of good, if directed differently. I hope that happens one day.” ~John Elder Robison
Well, with two new board members who are, indeed, autistic advocates and SELF advocates…..it looks as though that time may very well be now. Thoughts?
All are welcome to post questions and/or comments before, during and after the AUTISM BRAINSTORM: Think Tank HOA via the comment section below the embeded video recording on the EVENT PAGE which can be found here: http://bit.ly/1lvI3J2
The Miller Method will be incorporated into the discussion to create real life examples of how to advocate for a specific method or approach to teaching or treating a particular child with autism.
Mindsets and skills sets for parents to acquire will be explained and discussed by panel members ranging from parents, teachers, therapists and clinicians. Each panel member will discuss their personal experience with the Miller Method and their experiences with how to advocate for its efficacy to parents, shools and clinical settings.
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 9th