Uniquely Normal

Uniquely Normal : Tapping the Reservoir of Normalcy To Treat Autism

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Author Robert J. Bernstein introduces his novel, intuitive approach in which he has spent a lifetime helping people of all ages on the autism spectrum - many of whom have never spoken -- in which he communicates with them on their terms, allowing them to lead. His "cognitive approach" to those on the spectrum is based on his perception that autism is "uniquely normal" in which "we have to tap into their reservoir of `normal' so they can understand us, because we perplex them as much as we are often perplexed by autism."

The first part of his book explains the basis of his concept, which he considers the antithesis of the popular and, often expensive, ABA therapy. The second part of the book consists of a number of his cases, all of which illustrate his techniques, which he points out are categorized by age groups because the age of the person somewhat changes the approach: 2-5 years of age; 6-10 years of age; 11-14 years of age;19 years of age and up. This landmark book is written to teach others to use his cognitive approach in an attempt to unlock people with ASD so they might be able to live in the world and connect with the people in it as themselves. His goal is to give them a voice to express their unique humanity, so they might engage more fully in the human interactions that give life meaning and "make it worth the effort to get out of bed every day."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 25.4mm | 408.23g
  • Arlington, United States
  • English
  • 1941765467
  • 9781941765463
  • 16,089

About Robert J. Bernstein

Robert J. Bernstein has been treating children on the autism spectrum for more than 30 years. He consults for numerous organizations, including the National Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies, and was publicly acclaimed for pioneering table tennis as a means to facilitate social interaction among young people with autism. His work with a previously nonverbal child whom he helped learn to speak was documented in the New York Times. He has appeared on Dateline NBC and national radio; hosted ""Educating Your Child,"" a call-in radio show; and conducted dozens of seminars and presentations, including ""First Responders and Individuals with Autism: Averting Crises and Preventing Disastrous Consequences,"" the first conference of its kind in Westchester. He received his graduate training at Teachers College, Columbia University, and lives in Westchester County, New York.
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