Books about Autism/Asperger's
I have only recently learned enough about Autism
to understand that affected individuals
share some of the attributes of Bipolar and ADD.
The most devastating of all seems to be that
the Autistic can be *so* oversensitive to stimuli
that s/he withdraws even from the gentlest human touch.
First of all, check out this book.
I found it to be hope-inspiring
after all the soul-sucking,
negative books on the
search for an autistic's Self.
Thinking in Pictures
Dr. Temple Grandin has a PhD in Animal Husbandry
and is deeply involved in ethical and humane treatment
in the meat-producing industry.
She also is autistic.
In this, her autobiography,
she gives us candid look into the mind of an autistic adult;
but more than that she shows us how she used concrete
symbols for dealing with growing up autistic
and for coming to terms with the abstract complexities of life.
Modified November 18, 2005