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The Hidden World of Autism Writing and Art by Children with High-functioning Autism

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Book - The Hidden World of Autism Writing and Art by Children with High-functioning Autism

by: Rebecca Chilvers
Foreword by Uttom Chowdhury

About the author:

Rebecca Chilvers is a research psychologist. She has worked in the Social Communication Disorders Clinic at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London for over three years and specialises in working with children with high-functioning autism.

Dr Uttom Chowdhury is a Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Bedfordshire. He is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Applied Social Studies at the University of Bedfordshire and an Honorary Consultant in the Social Communication Disorders Clinic at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

ISBN: 978-1-84310-451-3

Year: 2007

Publication Info: 128pp


A celebration of the talents and insights of children on the autism spectrum, The Hidden World of Autism presents a collection of writings and drawings contributed by 21 autistic children.

The children’s work covers topics that are of primary importance in understanding some of the common experiences that children with autism, and their families, go through. These include life before diagnosis, friendships, relationships, feelings, bullying and the future. A key characteristic of having autism is the inability to express emotions; but too often that prevents children with autism from being listened to. This book gives them both a voice and a forum for creative expression and provides direct insight into what having autism means for the children themselves and how they feel about their experiences.

This unique collection provides invaluable insights into the autistic experience for professionals, families and friends of children with autism, as well as the children themselves.



1. Introduction. 2. What’s so Different about Me? Life on the Autistic Spectrum. 3. School. 4. Me, My Friends and my Family. 5. Those things that I Do – Obsessions and Special interests. 6. The Future. References. Biographies. Index.



The Hidden World of Autism by Rebecca Chilvers is a good quality and well presented publication. It is very clearly written without reliance on technical language…The ASD triad of impairments is very well explained and the insights and perceptions of those with Asperger’s, expressed though art, poetry, and narrative, add a richness that makes this book unique. An emphasis is place on the need for the public and professionals alike to be aware of the difficulties that individuals with Aspreger’s experience with respect to understanding of social rules, following instructions, interpreting non-verbal behaviour, stopping unfinished tasks, and literal interpretation.


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