Sensing the City

Sensing the City : An Autistic Perspective

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How do the sights, smells, and sounds of a city affect the senses of people with an Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC)?

Sandra Beale-Ellis explores the sensory benefits and challenges of cities for people with an ASC and invites readers to understand the different ways in which they can experience a city from a sensory perspective. Sandra, who has been clinically diagnosed as having Asperger's Syndrome, describes how she experiences the city through the lens of ASC, picking up on things that a neurotypical (non-autistic) person might not. As well as introducing the wonders of the city that neurotypical people rarely see, this book also provides readers who have an ASC with solutions to the negative or overwhelming sensory experiences that a city can bring about. The book covers four main areas of city life: travel, eating out, entertainment and living.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 171 x 216 x 15mm | 166g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1849056358
  • 9781849056359
  • 2,876,168

Table of contents

Introduction. 1. Making Sense of Autism. GETTING AROUND. 2. Streetwise. 3. Come Fly With Me. 4. Derailed. 5. Aquatics. EATING OUT. 6. Food and Drink Revealed. 7. I Love a Plate. 8. Where and When. 9. People Make a Difference. CITY LIVING. 10. Home From Home. 11. At One with Nature. 12. Retail Therapy. 13. Relax. 14. Body Beautiful. 15. Health is Vital. ENTERTAINMENT. 16. Showbiz. 17. In the Dark. 18. Fancy a Drink? 19. Cultured History. 20. Living a Theme. 21. Thrill of the Crowd. Conclusion. References. Resources.
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This book makes it clear just how important sensory sensitivities can be to an autistic individual. Whilst these are usually seen in a negative light, the author stresses the positive aspects as well, and in doing so, follows in the footsteps of Temple Grandin and others. -- Nick Chown, author of Understanding and Evaluating Autism Theory Through the eyes, ears, nose and mind of one autistic woman, Sensing the City takes us on a vividly described and detailed journey through urban landscapes. Sandra highlights many of the tiny elements that make autistic life both stressful and magical on a moment by moment basis. -- Sarah Hendrickx, Autistic Adult and Autism Consultant
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About Sandra Beale-Ellis

Sandra Beale-Ellis holds a Master's and a Doctorate in Education, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Asperger's Syndrome. Sandra lives in Kent, with her husband who also has Asperger's Syndrome.
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