NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity

NeuroTribes The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity A groundbreaking book that upends conventional thinking about autism and suggests a broader model for acceptance understanding and full participation in society for people who think differently What

  • Title: NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity
  • Author: Steve Silberman William Hughes
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  • Page: 416
  • Format: Audiobook
  • A groundbreaking book that upends conventional thinking about autism and suggests a broader model for acceptance, understanding, and full participation in society for people who think differently What is autism a devastating developmental disorder, a lifelong disability, or a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius In truth, itA groundbreaking book that upends conventional thinking about autism and suggests a broader model for acceptance, understanding, and full participation in society for people who think differently What is autism a devastating developmental disorder, a lifelong disability, or a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius In truth, it is all of these things and and the future of our society depends on our understanding it WIRED reporter Steve Silberman unearths the secret history of autism, long suppressed by the same clinicians who became famous for discovering it, and finds surprising answers to the crucial question of why the number of diagnoses has soared in recent years Going back to the earliest days of autism research and chronicling the brave and lonely journey of autistic people and their families through the decades, Silberman provides long sought solutions to the autism puzzle, while mapping out a path for our society toward a humane world in which people with learning differences and those who love them have access to the resources they need to live happier, healthier, secure, and meaningful lives Along the way, he reveals the untold story of Hans Asperger, the father of Asperger s syndrome, whose little professors were targeted by the darkest social engineering experiment in human history exposes the covert campaign by child psychiatrist Leo Kanner to suppress knowledge of the autism spectrum for fifty years and casts light on the growing movement of neurodiversity activists seeking respect, support, technological innovation, accommodations in the workplace and in education, and the right to self determination for those with cognitive differences.

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    1. Finished. Very long review. Apologies. Skip to paragraph 3 ** for a horror story. The book was hard to rate. Some of it is as bad as a 1-star: excreble writing when he's giving far too much detail about the irrelevant (to the book) discoveries of the 18thC scientist Henry Cavendish whom he confidently diagnoses as Aspergers. 3 stars for most of it where the research is general too narrowly focused on too few people but quite in depth for them and 5 stars for giving away such appalling things as [...]

    2. First of all, I thought that this book really needed a timeline in addition to its thorough notes and index, so I spent an afternoon going through the book making one myself. Command or Shift click here to read it in a new tab. (Commenting permission is open on it if you find any mistakes.)Quick story from when I worked at Google: James Watson, the co-discoverer of DNA, was speaking at a Google event. He talked about a wide variety of topics on genetics, and I remember he lumped in autism and As [...]

    3. I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers Program, and I'm very glad I did. As the mother of an autistic child, the subject matter of autism is very personal for me. NeuroTribes was educational and affirming. I was genuinely astonished at how enjoyable the book was, long-winded though it is at times (my early reviewer copy is just under 500 pages). Silberman writes about subjects that are horrible, but they are necessary matters to address: Hans Asperger's insights made withi [...]

    4. NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently by Steve Silberman provides a comprehensive (and very moving) history of autism from its original diagnostic criteria by Leo Kanner and Hans Asperger to parent-run organizations up to today's self-advocacy groups, in which people with autism are speaking for themselves and advocating for a focus on services not cures.At first, I was overwhelmed by the amount of detail Silberman gives. It seemed as thoug [...]

    5. I'd never penalize a well-written book just because it wasn't something I expected to read but once you get past the techno-babble-y faux-portmanteau worded title NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and The Future of Neurodiversity you kinda expect more than just a comprehensive history of autism. But that's essentially what this is. I knew from the get-go, when Steve Silberman (a tech journalist by trade) divulged his motive for writing the book (when two of his interviewees for a tech article bo [...]

    6. 'NeuroTribes' is a well-written, deeply-researched book of history which describes the centuries of effort that has gone into developing a psychological outline of autism (still incomplete). The author, Steve Silberman, includes short biographies of likely autistic-spectrum scientists as well. In telling the story of discovery about autism and about people with autism, he also shows us readers how psychological research is generally done and that it is in its infancy. He gives valid arguments an [...]

    7. litwitwineanddineThanks to Penguin House/Avery via NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I admit that I was excited, really excited, when I heard about this book. After reading all 544 pages, I found myself more than a little let down. I was expecting to read about new research, treatment/therapy options, and ways for families to support one another and the autistic person they help care for. The book was largely about the history of autism and [...]

    8. This heartbreaking book came highly recommended. As an autistic adult with an autistic son I was sickened by the book, the therapies, the history. I thought of my own childhood and how grateful I am that I was born verbal and in an intact family that raised me, accepting me where I was and allowing me to do the best that I can. As a member of the autism community reading this book is like getting punched in the face over and over again, until you get to the last chapter about neurodiversity, whe [...]

    9. As a history of autism and its diagnosis, treatment, and social acceptance, this is a solid book. Could have used some more editing (the author often provides way too much detail on various players' bios and historical background. For example there's a good 30 pages devoted to a summary of the Nazi occupation of Austria, which was only tangentially related to the topic).The blurbs on the jacket about it being "groundbreaking" and "radically alter[ing] the societal conversation" are hyperbolic at [...]

    10. If you have any interest in autism or the history of psychiatry, this book is for you. I've taught toddlers and preschoolers for over 20 years and have had students with autism in my classes; some were diagnosed while in my class while others were diagnosed later. I remember my team and I fighting to get one particular boy diagnosed and provided with services who was clearly Asperger's while another was later diagnosed and we went, "Oh, that explains a lot." The information has changed a lot ove [...]

    11. As someone interested in autism, its theories and its future, after reading some reviews of this book, I was hoping this would be a good, comprehensive introduction to the details of the subject. Instead, it was a long-winded, yet surface level history that could have been much deeper had the author not tried to shoehorn traditional narratives into a nontraditional story.The books started out great, talking about various historical figures that would likely have been diagnosed with autism today. [...]

    12. This book provides a thorough account of the troubled history of the psychiatric understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (this includes Asperger's syndrome). Unfortunately, most of this history in hindsight was incredibly blind to what now seems apparent as to the nature of the condition. Consequently, this long book spends most of its historical account describing what is now understood to be incorrect and spurious theories and treatments. The reader who makes it all the way through the book [...]

    13. Nice history about autism and Aspergers. Wished it had more general information and not just data about a few cases. A bit dragged on, but informative.Glad I listened to the audiobook.4 out of 5 stars.

    14. I read this book a couple of months ago, but only got around to reviewing it now. As a parent of multiple kids with autism I had been very eager to get hold of copy, especially as from the reviews I had read it seemed the author must have read my mind before he set out to read the book. The premise that autism has always been with us, that vaccines do not cause autism, there is no epidemic and that the rise in the number of diagnoses is a direct result of changes in diagnostic criteria, is one I [...]

    15. The day I finished reading Steve Silberman’s NeuroTribes, I saw an image on Facebook that made me want to buy copies of the book for everyone I know. I’m sure you’ve seen something similar: this was a picture of a baby, surrounded by text with skyrocketing rates of autism, learning disabilities, and “chronic illnesses”, lamenting the depressing state of America’s “new childhood”.NeuroTribes tells a completely different tale, connecting past to present in an incredibly detailed hi [...]

    16. As a parent who raised an autistic daughter through much of the later history Silverman describes, I loved this book. The early history of diagnosis and treatment was fascinating. Each time he delved into the background or quoted a leading expert from the field, I felt like I was saying hello to an old friend. Like many desperate parents, I met these people at conferences, read their books, tried some of their techniques, and took hope from the smallest "improvements" in my child's behavior. The [...]

    17. I wanted to read ‘Neurotribes’ as I didn’t really understand what autism was. It seems to be mentioned quite frequently in the media, yet never really defined. Silberman’s book explains why this is: the exact nature of autism is poorly understood, which is why the concept of a spectrum was adopted. The concluding chapter summarises this in the same eloquent style that characterises the rest of the book:Most researchers now believe that autism is not a single unified entity but a cluster [...]

    18. Some nonfiction books are groundbreaking. Some are engaging. This one is both. Using stories of historical figures, modern-day families, medical and psychological specialists, activists and autistic individuals, the book conveys the "history" of autism. What do we know? Is there really an epidemic? What works? Why is searching for a cure perhaps not the best strategy? Above all, though, it keeps the well-being of autistic children and adults at the center and in doing so raises tough questions a [...]

    19. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and recommend everyone who is interested in the history of medicine, cognitive science and autism.A couple of years ago I had the chance to hear Silberman in a conference, he was a great speaker and the excerpts he read from this book intrigued me to read it. It turns out that the book was even better than his talk.Neurotribes goes into the depths of autistic spectrum disorder, takes the reader to first to the life of well known historical figures, all the [...]

    20. Perhaps this is not so much of a book review as a life review as a result of this book's powerful affect on me. You decide.I went to a school concert recently. As the teenagers leisurely tromped onstage, I idly scanned the crowd. My eyes stopped instinctively at one young man—then a second. Who knows, maybe everyone else in the audience was doing the same thing: something about these boys just caught the eye for some reason. Perhaps it's because it's such a strong part of our human nature to n [...]

    21. Neurotribes opens with a question – why is autism suddenly so visible? From popular culture to the children of the author’s contacts in Silicon Valley, he keeps hearing about autism. He sets out to discover why.His quest takes in the history of our understanding of autism, the reasons for the increase in the diagnosis and the changing experiences and treatment of autistic people.Neurotribes is written with the pace of a thriller, and vividly brings to life academic rivalries, tabloid panics [...]

    22. This is extremely good nonfiction. Although other reviewers have noted that it is a very long book, packed full of details, I found it to be extremely engaging, with only a few very short dull parts (it is hard to make changes to DSM criteria riveting, but actually Silberman did better than you could ever imagine). Silberman's writing voice is upbeat and entertaining, and a dense topic is made readable with lots of wonderful and colorful personal details and anecdotes. I don't know if this would [...]

    23. To date, this is the most thorough and inclusive history of autism ever compiled. It is, by far, the most respectful written by a non-autistic author. While I wouldn't say it centers autistic experience, exactly, it does honor that experience. That, in itself, is a rarity.I love this book. At times, it was painful to read. But Silberman writes in a way that made me feel as though he were somehow supporting me through it. He documents dehumanizing practices without ever reinforcing that dehumaniz [...]

    24. The last two chapters of the book, which are about the movement for neurodiversity, are exemplary. The rest of the book is about the history of the psychologists who "discovered" autism in the early twentieth century, and the methods that parents and doctors thought would cure autistic people -- electroshock, corporal punishment, severe dietary restrictions (which is still trendy among "leaky gut" proponents). It was horrifying. Indeed, let others praise not-so ancient times, I am glad I was bor [...]

    25. A bit of a bummer at times, this book has really helped give me some real reasons to view autism in a more positive light. Probably a bit redudant for people who already have any level of understanding about the history of this diagnosis, I really appreciated all the information in this book - even if it did feel a bit long at times.In fact, I would really have loved to rate this book even more highly but for two major issue. This book lacks any scientific data (see end notes for update) and it [...]

    26. This is definitely more a book about the history of autism than it is a book about autism itself, so if you're looking for the nitty gritty of what it means to be autistic or how the autistic brain works, it's probably better to look elsewhere. NeuroTribes seems to have mainly been written in response to all the hubbub in recent years by the contingent claiming that there is an autism epidemic and that it is being caused by vaccinations. Silberman looks back at how long autism has existed (proba [...]

    27. Teaching high school for over thirty years made me more than aware of neurodiversity. Any accomplished educator is well aware that no two students are alike. Devising curriculum and instruction to meet the needs of a classroom full of independent thinkers and learners is a challenge to say the least. I was one who lived for that challenge and, in retirement, still teach two classes a semester at a community college. I am most alive in the classroom and thrive on the challenges of diversity. Duri [...]

    28. I received this book as an advanced readers copy from NetGalley.A smart, accessible, comprehensive history of autism. Silberman does an amazing job of giving an in depth history of a medical condition that we only have just learned about within the last 70 years. His chapters run the gamut. From institutionalizations to special schools, from Asperger's initial findings, to Kanners complete appropriation of Asperger's ideas. He talks about the different treatments of Autism from electroshock ther [...]

    29. I enjoyed the book very much for what it is, a non-fiction book primarily focused on the history of autism. Most professionals (therapists, teachers, psychiatrists, etc.) could probably benefit from it. Autistics themselves may enjoy the book for the extensive level of detail Mr. Silberman goes into. Or if you enjoy history of disability rights, psychology books, or non-fiction in general it's worth reading. I finished it rather quickly since it's engrossing and moves smoothly. Some of it may be [...]

    30. Really interesting and at times, fascinating, history of autism, that isn't at all a dry scientific journal but touches on Nazi Germany (Asperger's work took place in Austria just as Hitler came to power), eugenics, early Sci-fi and pulp magazines, amateur radio and how nowadays being autistic might actually be helpful in getting a job in technology/Silicon Valley and that we might not have all the things that we take for granted without it. Much more readable than you would think for a book on [...]

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