Anatomy of Autism: A Pocket Guide for Educators, Parents, and Students


Anatomy of Autism: A Pocket Guide for Educators, Parents, and Students Author Diego Pena
ISBN-10 1544038089
ISBN-13 9781544038087
Year 2017-04-05
Pages 36
Language English
Publisher CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Trust me I want to talk to you My inability to speak is confused for my intelligence Diego Pea is a sharp witted 9 year old boy whose goal is to deliver a message that shatters misconceptions about autism Only Diego cannot yet speak By pointing to letters on a laminated letter board and typing on a keyboard he breaks through his silence to express his inner thoughts in Anatomy of Autism In this pocket guide for individuals who support autistic students Diego concisely articulates the challenges and dilemmas he faces with his sensory system communication and motor system He thoughtfully explores the implications and possibilities of these challenges as a primary school student His experiences nudge educators therapists parents and students to rethink their approaches to supporting individuals who are autistic and non speaking Diegos words reveal a disarming truth The real experts of autism are actually autistic themselves Anatomy of Autism adds to the emerging generation of autistic voicesfrom Ido Kedar in Ido in Autismland to Naoki Higashida in The Reason I Jumpchallenging us to listen and consider their perspectives about what it means to have autism and complex communication challenges in a world that has yet to fully realize their capabilities But as Diego reminds us they have incredible potential given the proper opportunities and supports In the foreword to Anatomy of Autism bestselling author Ido Kedar praises Diego for his advocacy and leadership at such a young age The insights found in these pages reflect my experiences and those of other people with autism clearly and succinctly I am proud of Diego for undertaking this task to help improve the lives of those with autism and their loving families

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