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Uniquely Human A Different Way of Seeing Autism Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism Editorial Review: Winner of the Autism Society of Americaâ€™s Dr. Temple Grandin Award for the Outstanding Literary Work in Autism
A groundbreaking book on autism, by one of the worldâ€™s leading experts, who portrays autism as a unique way of being humanâ€”this is â€śrequired reading....Breathtakingly simple and profoundly positiveâ€ť (Chicago Tribune).
Autism therapy typically focuses on ridding individuals of â€śautisticâ€ť 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 donâ€™t aim at fixing a person by eliminating symptoms, but rather seeking to understand the individualâ€™s experience and what underlies the behavior.
â€śA must-read for anyone touched by autism... Dr. Prizantâ€™s Uniquely Human is a crucial step in promoting better understanding and a more humane approachâ€ť (Associated Press). Instead of classifying â€śautisticâ€ť 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, itâ€™s better to enhance abilities, build on strengths, and offer supports that will lead to more desirable behavior and a better quality of life.
â€śA remarkable approach to autism....A truly impactful, necessary bookâ€ť (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), Uniquely Human offers inspiration and practical advice drawn from Dr. Prizantâ€™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 â€śshould reassure parents and caregivers of kids with autism and any other disability that their kids are not broken, but, indeed, specialâ€ť (Booklist, starred review).