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Life on the Autism Spectrum

Translating Myths and Misconceptions into Positive Futures

  • Matthew Bennett
  • Amanda A. Webster
  • Emma Goodall
  • Susannah Rowland

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Matthew Bennett, Amanda A. Webster, Emma Goodall, Susannah Rowland
    Pages 1-15
  3. Matthew Bennett, Amanda A. Webster, Emma Goodall, Susannah Rowland
    Pages 17-35
  4. Matthew Bennett, Amanda A. Webster, Emma Goodall, Susannah Rowland
    Pages 37-60
  5. Matthew Bennett, Amanda A. Webster, Emma Goodall, Susannah Rowland
    Pages 61-80
  6. Matthew Bennett, Amanda A. Webster, Emma Goodall, Susannah Rowland
    Pages 81-102
  7. Matthew Bennett, Amanda A. Webster, Emma Goodall, Susannah Rowland
    Pages 103-124
  8. Matthew Bennett, Amanda A. Webster, Emma Goodall, Susannah Rowland
    Pages 125-148
  9. Matthew Bennett, Amanda A. Webster, Emma Goodall, Susannah Rowland
    Pages 149-171
  10. Matthew Bennett, Amanda A. Webster, Emma Goodall, Susannah Rowland
    Pages 173-193
  11. Matthew Bennett, Amanda A. Webster, Emma Goodall, Susannah Rowland
    Pages 195-211
  12. Matthew Bennett, Amanda A. Webster, Emma Goodall, Susannah Rowland
    Pages 213-232

About this book

Introduction

This book presents a unique exploration of common myths about autism by examining these myths through the perspectives of autistic individuals. Examining the history of attitudes and beliefs about autism and autistic people, this book highlights the ways that these beliefs are continuing to impact autistic individuals and their families, and offers insights as to how viewing these myths from an autistic perspective can facilitate the transformation of these myths into a more positive direction. From ‘savant syndrome’ to the conception that people with autism lack empathy, each chapter examines a different social myth – tracing its origins, highlighting the implications it has had for autistic individuals and their families, debunking misconceptions and reconstructing the myth with recommendations for current and future practice. By offering an alternative view of autistic individuals as competent and capable of constructing their own futures, this book offers researchers, practitioners, individuals and families a deeper, more accurate, more comprehensive understanding of prevalent views about the abilities of autistic individuals as well as practical ways to re-shape these into more proactive and supportive practices.

Keywords

Autism Myths Autism Spectrum Myths History of Autism Perspectives of Individuals on the Autism Spectrum Future Directions for Autism Spectrum Practice Autism and Neurodiversity Theory The Autism Epidemic Myth Refrigerator Mother Autism Myth Curing Autism History of Autism Research Communication with People on the Autism Spectrum Behaviour of People with Autism Social Inclusion of People with Autism Autism and Social-emotional Connectivity Intimacy and Romance across the Autism Spectrum Self-advocacy and Self-determination on the Autism Spectrum Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Autism

Authors and affiliations

  • Matthew Bennett
    • 1
  • Amanda A. Webster
    • 2
  • Emma Goodall
    • 3
  • Susannah Rowland
    • 4
  1. 1.University of WollongongAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.University of WollongongWollongongAustralia
  3. 3.University of WollongongWollongongAustralia
  4. 4.University of WollongongWollongongAustralia

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