To understand the ways people with autism think, Peter Vermeulen argues, we need to try to get inside their world. The latest scientific thinking is clearly explained, and illustrated by numerous personal accounts. This introductory book offers the reader a real window into the autistic mind and the very individual way in which it processes information.
Honest and accessible, this book will be invaluable to anyone involved in the care of an autistic child.
The humour adds greatly to the text and results in a light-hearted and enjoyable read. This does not detract from either the seriousness of the condition or the information provided.
Peter Vermeulen intends the book to counter the often negative view of autism. He does this admirably without presenting an idealised picture of the condition. The idea that people with autism are not inferior but unique is a central theme. However he refers to autism as a disability and not just an alternative mode of thinking.
We have no idea what it is to see the world through the eyes of autism. We offend the logic of the autistic mind, we confuse with indirect and non-literal language, we exasperate with our unpredictability and our social obsessions. Translation is vital and Peter Vermeulen makes a great contribution towards that increased understanding with this small book. Anyone who reads it, and reads between the lines of the many wonderful anecdotes and examples, must surely be left with a greater respect for the autistic view of the world, and a sense of the value (as well as the challenge) of these very special minds.
— From the Foreword by Francesca Happé
This is a book that anyone who is even in the slightest measure involved in the lives of individuals with autism must keep on the shelves of his home library.
— Ina van Bercklaer-Onnes, Professor, Leiden University
This is an extremely practical book, very useful to all who have to deal directly with the problem of autism.
— Eddy Daniels, Intermediair
About the Author:
Peter Vermeulen trained as a counsellor and educationalist and has worked for more than 25 years with children and adults on the autism spectrum. At present, he is Autism Consultant and Lecturer at Autisme Centraal in Belgium, where he edits the bi-monthly magazine Autisme. He is active as a trainer all over Europe, the USA, Canada and South-Africa.