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Autism and Sensing The Unlost Instinct

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Book - Autism and Sensing The Unlost Instinct

by: Donna Williams

About the author:

Donna Williams was born in Australia in 1963. She was assessed at age two as psychotic, labelled disturbed and tested for deafness throughout childhood before being diagnosed as autistic in 1990. Today she is an internationally best-selling author with nine published books, an artist, singer-songwriter and emerging screenwriter. One of the most well-known people with autism in the world, Donna is a renowned international public speaker, a qualified teacher and has worked as an autism consultant since 1995.

ISBN: 978-1-85302-612-6

Year: 1998

Publication Info: 200pp

Description:

Expanding on themes of her previous book, Autism: An Inside-Out Approach, Donna Williams explains how the senses of a person with autism work, suggesting that they are ‘stuck’ at an early development stage common to everyone. She calls this the system of sensing, claiming that most people move on to the system of interpretation which enables them to make sense of the world. In doing so, as well as gaining the means of coping with the world, they lose various abilities which people with autism retain. She goes so far as to suggest that the constraints of space and time do not exist in the same way for autistic people, and that the emotional as well as the physical world is seen and therefore approached in a different way.

The book provides a fascinating insight into the way that people with autism perceive the world, going into far more depth than Williams’ previous books.

 

Contents:

Foreword. Introduction. 1. Origins. 2. Who’s Me? 3. The Essence of `Social’. 4. The Everything of Nothing. 5. The Mechanics of Sensing. 6. In Resonance (Resonance). 7. Giving Self a Chance to Answer. 8. The Getting of Clever. 9. `Seeing Ghosts’. 10. War or Growth? 11. Blah Blah and Ideas. 12. Progress? 13. Beyond an Exchange of Cultures. 14. Multiplicity. 15. Psychic? 16. Why Nobody’s Talking. 17. Mechanics Problems. 18. Imagine.

 

Reviews:

Donna Williams continues to provide insights into the ways in which a person with autistic spectrum disorder experiences the world. Donna’s books increasingly strive to make sense of her memories of childhood and of her development into an adult who can share her contrasting way of being. In this book she suggests that, for people with autism, their senses become ‘stuck’ at an early stage of development, rather than being subsumed into an interpreting, mind-based way of coping with the world: the system of interpretation Donna suggests that, for most people, the development of mind dominates more primitive emotions which continue to be experienced by people who are ‘stuck’ at the sensing level. We should be grateful that the author was eventually able to make the leap into our world of interpretation and can share with us such valuable insights. This is a book to be read and considered by all who live or work with people with autism, in order to appreciate their ‘complementary’ way of experiencing the world.

 

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