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The Theory of Mind and the Triad of Perspective on Autism and Asperger Syndrome: A View from the Bridge

The Theory of Mind and the Triad of Perspective on Autism and Asperger Syndrome: A View from the Bridge


By (author) Olga Bogdashina


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  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 230mm x 24mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 30 October 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1843103613
  • ISBN 13: 9781843103615
  • Edition statement: American Pbk.
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 213,196

Product description

Inspired by the often uncomfortable interplay between autistic individuals, parents and professionals in understanding autistic spectrum conditions, Olga Bogdashina uses the concept of Theory of Mind (TOM) to consider these groups' different (and often conflicting) perspectives. TOM is the ability to imagine and make judgements about what others feel and think; its absence in autistic individuals is called 'mindblindness'. This book addresses the 'mindblindness' of people united in their interest in autism but divided by their different angles and perspectives. Divided into four parts, the book first defines autism, then the views of the three main groups working with it - autistic individuals, parents and professionals - under the headings of classifications, diagnosis, causes, development, theories and treatment. By comparing and reconciling the different perspectives in this way, the book helps each group to understand and predict each other's responses and behaviours. This enlightening and innovative book offers a unique way of 'stepping in each other's shoes' and is a valuable resource for all people living or working with autism.

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Author information

Olga Bogdashina, MA Education (Autism), PhD (Linguistics) has worked extensively in the field of autism as teacher, lecturer and researcher, with a particular interest in sensory-perceptual and communication problems in autism. Since 1994, she has been the director of the first Day Centre for autistic children in Ukraine and the President of the Autism Society, Ukraine. Olga teaches and lectures around the world. She is currently a Visiting Lecturer at Birmingham University and Consultant Psychologist for Services for Adults with Autism, Doncaster, UK. She has a teenage autistic son.

Table of contents

Prologue. How to use this book. Part I: Autism as officially defined (External View) 1. Definitions and classifications. 2. Diagnosis. 3. Causes. 4. Development. 5. Theories. 6. Treatments. 7. Miscellany: Thoughts to share. 8. Suggested Reading. Part II: Autism from inside (Internal View) 9. Definitions and classifications. 10. Diagnosis. 11. Causes. 12. Development. 13. Theories. 14. Treatments. 15. Miscellany: Thoughts to share. Suggested Reading. Part III: Autism: Parents' Perspective. 16. Definitions and classifications. 17. Diagnosis. 18. Causes. 19. Development. 20. Theories. 21. Treatments. 22. Miscellany: Thoughts to share. Suggested Reading. Part IV: Autism: Professionals' Perspective. 23. Definitions and classifications. 24. Diagnosis. 25. Causes. 26. Development. 27. Theories. 28. Treatments. 29. Miscellany: Thoughts to share. Suggested Reading. Epilogue: The APP Triad and the Theory of Mind. References. Index.