Autism and Sensing: The Unlost Instinct

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Jan 1, 1998 - Psychology - 131 pages
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Expanding on themes of her previous book, Autism: An Inside-Out Approach, Donna Williams explains how the senses of a person with autism work, suggesting that they are 'stuck' at an early development stage common to everyone. She calls this the system of sensing, claiming that most people move on to the system of interpretation which enables them to make sense of the world. In doing so, as well as gaining the means of coping with the world, they lose various abilities which people with autism retain. She goes so far as to suggest that the constraints of space and time do not exist in the same way for autistic people, and that the emotional as well as the physical world is seen and therefore approached in a different way.The book provides a fascinating insight into the way that people with autism perceive the world, going into far more depth than Williams' previous books.

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User Review  - ThePinesLibrary - LibraryThing

Expands on the themes of "Autism: an inside-out approach". Puts forward a theory of sensing which explains how people with autism perceive the world. Explains how people with autism experience the emotional and physical worlds differently. Read full review

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I learned that those of us who are neurotypical in our brain and chemical structure experience consciousness as a seamless flow from self to other to shared moment, much like driving an automatic car ... Read full review

About the author (1998)

Donna Williams was born in Australia in 1963.She was assessed at age two as psychotic, labeled disturbed and tested for deafness throughout childhood before being diagnosed as autistic in 1990. Today she is an internationally best-selling author with nine published books, an artist, singer-songwriter and emerging screenwriter. One of the most well known people with autism in the world, Donna is a renowned international public speaker, a qualified teacher and has worked as an autism consultant since 1995.

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