- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Collins (Aug. 23 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1554688701
- ISBN-13: 978-1554688708
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 318 g
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Challenging the Myths of Autism: Unlock New Possiblities and Hope Paperback – Aug 23 2011
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Bringing to bear decades of experience and a fresh open-mindedness rarely found among autism experts, Jonathan Alderson tackles the conventional wisdom that has systematically undervalued our children, terrified parents, and blocked innovation in treatment. If you really want to understand an autistic child, dump your old textbooks and read this book instead. --Jill Escher, "Autism Tomorrows"
About the Author
JONATHAN ALDERSON is an autism treatment specialist and founder of the innovative Intensive Multi-Treatment Intervention Program. A graduate of Harvard University, with experience as a Curriculum Specialist Coordinator with Teach For America, he has trained at the Son-Rise Program in Massachusetts, where he worked as program administrator and a senior therapist trainer. Now based in Toronto, Jonathan is a sought-after speaker and instructor who works with children and families around the world. In 2010, Jonathan was nominated as one of The Globe and Mail’s “25 Transformative Canadians.”
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After reading this book, I no longer view Autism as a disorder but as a different experience of life which we should, as neurotypical people, learn from. Autistic people need acceptance before treatment. Jonathan invites us to explore their world and gain their acceptance through respect and love. People with Autism should not be made to follow a standard but given the opportunity to choose their own lives with the help that Jonathan Alderson's therapy, IMTI, provides; he is a professional and a friend to the children he has helped and continues to help.
I have found my answers in Jonathan's book to become a better therapist. More importantly, I have become a more aware and conscious human being so needless to say, this is a MUST READ and the benefits of the layout of the chapters is that you can come back to it, make use of the helpful sources Jonathan provides and take your time as your eyes are opened example by example.
Whether you are involved with Autism in any way or not, please read this book, as it will inspire you to understand that we are all unique, all different, and that it requires little more than a compassionate heart to respect the differences and enable each individual to find their own unique place in this world.
The book is well researched, with footnotes, index, and a large list of resources (books and websites); at the same time, it is very readable for the non-scholar.
The subtitle of the book, "Unlock New Possibilities and Hope", is very apt. I have personally seen the difference made in the life of an autistic child who has been treated with the respect, love and dignity advocated here. I highly recommend this book for parents, educators, friends, therapists, and medical professionals.
The sections about the myth of socialization and evidence were the most interesting parts of the book for me. When we mention an evidence-based approach in the field, ABA is the first and most of the times the only approach that comes to mind either in college/university settings or in practice settings such as communities and organizations. Alderson definitely challenges such outdated rigid beliefs by introducing fresh and different perspectives based on the current studies and his own research through his therapy and practice of IMTI.
I highly recommend this book to parents, caregivers, school-teachers, medical professionals, students, professors, therapists, and anyone who is somehow engaged in this field. It is a well-structured, research-based, empowering, and positive book. Each chapter walks you through a completely different and refreshing path of theories and findings, which consequently bring a more positive, engaging, and strong relationship between the child, the family/caregivers, and the therapist.
If you ask me about one thing that was glued to my mind after reading this book, I would say it was Alderson’s beautifully-stated yet simple argument regarding his multifaceted approach to treating Autism. He says “The underlying belief of the IMTI model is that the factors contributing to your child's behaviour, communication and learning challenges are multifaceted: therefore, treatment should be multi-faceted as well.”
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