Autism and the myth of the person alone /

Autism and the Myth of the Person Alone seriously engages the perspectives of people with autism, including those who have been considered as the most severely disabled within the autism spectrum. The heart of the book consists of chapters by people with autism themselves, either in an interview for...

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Other Authors: Biklen, Douglas.
Attfield, Richard.
Format: Book
Published:New York : New York University Press, ©2005.
Series:Qualitative studies in psychology.
Online Access:Table of contents 
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A specialist in education and disability studies, Biklen (Syracuse Univ.) presents biographical and autobiographical information on seven individuals with autism--individuals perceived as delayed--to demonstrate the many erroneous assumptions about autism. Unfortunately, Biklen gives no definitive proof of the diagnosis of autism, and because some subjects have a dual diagnosis one cannot be certain which disorder is responsible for which behavior. With one exception, Biklen showcases only individuals who can type without physical support or who can speak the words typed; in one case, a conversation is translated into English by the subject's mother. Accordingly, one has no way of knowing if the ideas expressed belong to the subject or if in fact they are someone else's and the person with autism is simply reiterating them. Biklen talks about the use of linguistic analysis to test authorship, but he does not employ that method here. The first-person accounts range from pedantic to unusual yet similar, to poetic and metaphorical, to unique; these perceptions depend on whether one is a skeptic or a believer. Biklen's tenacity is to be admired, but his methods are questionable, in this reviewer's opinion. ^BSumming Up: Optional. Large graduate, faculty, research, and professional collections. K. M. Dillon Western New England College

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