Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity

By | October 21, 2017
Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity Author Steve Silberman
ISBN-10 0399185615
ISBN-13 9780399185618
Year 2016-08-23
Pages 560
Language English
Publisher Avery
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This New York Timesbestselling book upends conventional thinking about autism and suggests a broader model for acceptance understanding and full participation in society for people who think differently What is autism 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 moreand the future of our society depends on our understanding it 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 days of autism research Silberman offers a gripping narrative of Leo Kanner and Hans Asperger the research pioneers who defined the scope of autism in profoundly different ways he then goes on to explore the game changing concept of neurodiversity NeuroTribes considers the idea that neurological differences such as autism dyslexia and ADHD are not errors of nature or products of the toxic modern world but the result of natural variations in the human genome This groundbreaking book will reshape our understanding of the history meaning function and implications of neurodiversity in our world

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