This is an important book about an important topic–Autism. Given that there are so many autistic children now, it is important for all of us to become more aware of what the condition is about and how to overcome some societal criticism and ostracism too. This book will allow the reader to find out a lot about autism and how to deal with it.
The story of David, his mother, Sarah, and his teacher, Janet provides the human dimension and backdrop to this complex picture of autism and the search for answers. It is a story of how people who are confronted with the reality of autism struggle to find the right answers and solutions. It is a story of the web of science and research disciplines families and educators have to unravel.
Dr. June Pimm weaves a story and guides the readers through that complexity. It is a pleasant and easy book to read and follow. It also provides the scientific narrative in a way we can all understand. We follow Sarah, Janet, and David with empathy.
This book is also a brief history of autism research and findings, and a summary of the literature that captures every aspect of the autism puzzle.
Autism is an enigma which requires a road map to understand how autism has evolved so far. There are so many ambiguous connections of autism such as the connections between various fields of expertise from clinical psychology to child development, from genetics to neuroscience, and from education theory to real life learning application.
Dr. Pimm shows that it is through developmental psychology that we can learn more about autism. She believes that inclusion is the best way to handle autism in the school and community. An autistic child should be seen from his or her unique gifts and not from a deficits perspective. She is a pragmatist and her experience working with autism inside school systems provides solid guidance to successful methods. She believes that each child should be approached with respect for his/her individuality through individual education plans.
I loved this book from beginning to end. It is an important book for our times and it is relevant to all of us, especially educators and parents.
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth