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Autism and the Edges of the Known World Sensitivities, Language and Constructed Reality

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Book - Autism and the Edges of the Known World Sensitivities, Language and Constructed Reality

by: Olga Bogdashina

About the author:

Olga Bogdashina, MA, PhD, is Co-founder and Programme Leader and Lecturer at the International Autism Institute, KSPU. She has worked extensively in the field of autism as a teacher, lecturer and researcher. Since 1994, she has been Director of the first day centre for children with autism in Ukraine and President of the Autism Society of Ukraine. She is a visiting lecturer at universities in Europe, presents at national and international autism conferences and is an Autism Consultant for services for children and adults. Olga has a 25-year-old son with autism and lives in West Yorkshire, UK.

ISBN: 978-1-84905-042-5

Year: 2010

Publication Info: 224pp


In this intelligent and incisive book, Olga Bogdashina explores old and new theories of sensory perception and communication in autism. Drawing on linguistics, philosophy, neuroscience, psychology, anthropology and quantum mechanics, she looks at how the nature of the senses inform an individual’s view of the world, and how language both reflects and constructs that view.

Examining the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ of the senses, and the role of language, Olga Bogdashina challenges common perceptions of what it means to be ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’. In doing so she shows that autism can help to illuminate our understanding of what it means to be human, and of how we develop faculties that shape our cognition, language, and behaviour. In the final chapter, she explores phenomena often associated with the paranormal – including premonitions, telepathy and deja vu – and shows that these can largely be explained in natural terms.

This book will appeal to anyone with a personal or professional interest in autism, including students and researchers, clinical practitioners, individuals on the autism spectrum and their families, teachers, speech and occupational therapists, and other professionals.



Acknowledgments. Foreword by Theo Peeters. Introduction. 1. Sensory Realities. 2. Filtering Model 3. Side-Notes: A Few Questions to Ask. 4. Gestalt Perception. 5. Sensory Perceptual Development. 6. Hidden Agenda of Language. 7. Non-Verbal Communication. 8. Sensory Hypersensitivities. 9. Side-Notes: Before We Go Further. 10. Extrasensory Realities in Autism. End Notes. References. Index.



Olga Bogdashina beautifully presents the case for autism being, essentially, a difference in the way we process sensory information… it is refreshing to read a book where an academic freely speaks her mind, and this is a valuable book to have towards the ongoing explanation of what autism is and how to see the world through our eyes.


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