The Passionate Mind

The Passionate Mind : How People with Autism Learn

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In entirely accessible terms, Wendy Lawson lays out her groundbreaking theory of Single Attention and Associated Cognition in Autism (SAACA), an approach that explains autism in terms of the unique learning style of individuals on the autism spectrum. She shows that whereas neurotypical people can easily shift their attention from one interest to another, those on the autism spectrum tend to focus on a single theme at any one time. This leads to a deep, intense attention. Wendy describes practical outcomes for individuals, families, educators and employers. She shows that when this unique learning style is understood, valued and accommodated, individuals on the autism spectrum can be empowered to achieve their fullest potential. This is an essential read for anyone with a personal or professional interest in autism, including individuals on the spectrum and their families, educators, clinical practitioners, researchers, occupational therapists, and other professionals.

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 18mm | 281.23g
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • 15 black and white drawings
  • 1849051216
  • 9781849051217
  • 146,348

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this book is a essential and accessible read for all interested in the field of autism studies, particularly psychologists, but also for other professionals, who are often presented with the theories so roundly criticised in this text. As an autistic researcher myself, this book is not only a welcome addition to the lexicon of work on the psychology of autism, but an inspiration for future research. -- GAP (Good Autism Practice) The Passionate Mind: How People With Autism Learn offers a fine survey and the author's own theory of Single Attention and Associated Cognition in Autism, an approach that explains how individuals with autism learn and perceive... Educators, employers and families receive keys to using this unique learning style to help autistic learners achieve their fullest potential. Highly recommended! -- The Midwest Book Review

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About Wendy Lawson

Wendy Lawson, a psychologist, lecturer and author, has operated her own private practice for many years. Wendy was awarded fourth place as 'Victorian Australian of the year' in 2008. Originally diagnosed as being intellectually disabled, then in her teens as being schizophrenic, finally Wendy was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum in 1994. The mother of four children, Wendy has been married, separated and divorced, has experienced the death of one of her teenage sons, lost friends and status due to being openly gay, faced ill health and recently is coming to terms with the fact that she is aging! Wendy's youngest son is also on the autism spectrum.

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