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Neurotribes Audiobook

Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently

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What is autism: a devastating developmental condition, a lifelong disability, or a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius?

In truth it is all of these things and more - and the future of our society depends on our understanding it. Following on from his groundbreaking article 'The Geek Syndrome', Wired reporter Steve Silberman unearths the secret history of autism, long suppressed by the same clinicians who became famous for discovering it, and finds surprising answers to the crucial question of why the number of diagnoses has soared in recent years.

Going back to the earliest autism research and chronicling the brave and lonely journey of autistic people and their families through the decades, Silberman provides long-sought solutions to the autism puzzle while casting light on the growing movement of 'neurodiversity' and mapping out a path towards a more humane world for people with learning differences.

©2016 Steve Silberman (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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    "history of autism"

    really enjoyed listening to neurotribes. the hype is for a reason, highly recommend it to everyone.

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    A. Reeve 28/02/2017
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    "Essential, humbling, liberating"

    For people on the autism spectrum, and those who love them, understanding - and helping others understand - can seem impossible. Silberman takes a giant step toward that goal. After nine years as a parent of an autistic child, this book taught me so much. Including how to renew my efforts to be the best parent I can, and help my child be at home in his own skin. Emotionallybchallenging in places, the history made me so frustrated, angry, and sad, but even here Silberman illuminates the gleam of hope, of insight, of compassion, of brilliance. Recommended for anyone interested in genius, in disability, in psychology, and the history of medicine, as well as autism.

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    De D'swell 22/12/2016
    De D'swell 22/12/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "very helpful to a neuro norm
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    world of the neuro diverse and a detailed history of how we reached today and how tomorrow might look

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  • Mrs. K. Locke
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    21/01/17
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    "A journey through the history of autism."

    Many parent who have newly diagnosed autistic sons or daughters are at the beginning of a journey with their child to optimise their life chances. There are courses on offer and 'expert specialists' who can advise us, but where did the culture of diagnosis and treatments available develop and what precipitates their development. This book will help anyone develop an understanding of some of the challenges faced by families with autistic members. The book also charts the political, social and economic influences that have shaped what we recognise as autism today. As an autistic person and mother of two autistic children reading this book, it is wonderful to hear that resources are moving away from curing or eradicating to focus on support to integrate people affected by autism into a health daily life. Lorna Wing and Asperger emerge with Temple Grandin as the heroes of this book, I think they are also my heroes.
    The book is more approachable to read than some academic works and offers an over view of some of the theories surrounding autism. Not shying away from the darker days of the Second World War in Europe and how many young children were murdered because of their disability, it is at time challenging but well worth reading.

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  • James.C
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    "informative and well written"
    What made the experience of listening to Neurotribes the most enjoyable?

    this is a good piece of well researched journalism. Steve is sympathetic and optimistic and has a way of structuring his points which its difficult to argue with( though not impossible)

    this is a detailed history of Autism, dispelling the epidemic theory, and advocating acceptance and a celebration of diversity


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    lol... Asperger


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    really well read,


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    it definitely has it's moments


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  • Sarah
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    "Excellent - a must read"

    An excellent book about autism and neurodiversity, particularly the social and scientific history of autism.

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  • GrooveAmanda
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    "the end is worth the slog"

    Its a long book through the history of autism research. It concludes on the empowered note I was hoping for.

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    24/08/16
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    "I have my answers at last"

    I consider this book so important that I've just bought several copies to give to other parents of children with autism. This is a "must" read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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