The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum by Temple Grandin (with Richard Panek), is a tremendous gift, not just to patients and their families, but also to teachers, mentors, friends, and everyone who is interested in understanding how our brains make us who we are.
I think that this is a book everyone should read because as we come to appreciate the fact that the strengths and challenges of autism occur across a broad spectrum, we may also realize that some of these issues actually affect people who aren't considered autistic. It is not the label that matters. What does matter is recognizing that each of us has his or her own strengths and weaknesses, but thanks to brain plasticity, we all have the potential to nurture our strengths and, when necessary, accommodate our weaknesses.
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References and Related Episodes:
- The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum by Temple Grandin, with Richard Panek; Also available from Audible.com.
- Episodes about brain imaging: BSP 46 and BSP 83
- Episodes about brain plasticity: BSP 10 and BSP 26
- Paul Offit, MD reviews the evidence that autism is NOT caused by vaccines
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