Book Review: The Autistic Brain

The Autistic Brain

5/5 stars

I read through this book in two days. As a mother of autistic sons, it was incredibly helpful and fascinating. Although the science is a little behind (the writing of this was in 2012 I believe), it was still “new to me” since I know so little about genetics, and only have a cursory knowledge of brain scans and all the technology now available.

What was particularly helpful was the sections where Grandin addressed sensory issues. I, too, have been incredibly frustrated by the lack of understanding most doctors have in regards to this often debilitating issue that many autistic people face, including my sons. It was encouraging to see someone tackling this, even if it wasn’t entirely “scientific.” Grandin clearly knows what this is like, and it was comforting to read of her success in conquering many of these issues. It gives me hope for my sons.

All in all, this was a well-researched, thorough look at what we know currently about the autistic brain, as well as a challenge to the professionals to start thinking about the autistic brain differently. I desperately hope that this is taken seriously within the scientific community.

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Autistic Brain”

  1. I’ve seen Dr. Grandin speak, and the primary things I noticed were that A) She certainly does have a good understanding of how her own condition works, and B) Too many people still expect that comprehension to turn into masking and faking not having these issues. There were several times during the evening when I noticed she didn’t want to make eye contact, but people pushed her for it; or she was constantly shifting her weight or shuffling papers, most likely to attempt stimming. It was a crowd of easily 500 people (took up a whole community college gymnasium), and even after years of speaking to such groups, she *is* autistic, and it must get hard for her. The poor woman has been forced to mask her entire life, and never been allowed to *enjoy* being on the spectrum. She’s even referred to herself as a “recovered autistic person,” because that was the only option presented by her family and the culture she grew up and worked in. Honestly, it makes me very, very sad. Part of the reason there’s so little understanding of sensory concerns among the medical community is because there’s very little acceptance of it. That’s what I’m striving for, for my children and myself.

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    1. Wow. That makes me really sad too. I love what you said about her not being allowed to “enjoy” being an autistic person. It’s so important for people to realize that yes, it is difficult, but there are also so many things to enjoy about it, too.

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