Uniquely Human


Autism spectrum disorder is among the most commonly diagnosed developmental disabilities, affecting 1% of the population. Based on 40 years of practical experience with schools, hospitals, families and academic study, Dr Barry M. Prizant’s revolutionary approach is to understand autism not as a disability but as a unique way of being human. Here, with a wealth of inspiring stories and practical advice, he shows how by understanding autistic behaviours as responses based on an individual’s experiences, we can enhance that individual’s abilities, teach skills and build coping strategies to help them enjoy a better quality of life.

ISBN: 9781788164023 Author: Prizant, Barry M. Publisher: Souvenir Press Publication Date: 10th October 2019 Imprint: Souvenir Press Cover: Paperback Dewey: 616.85882 (edition:23) Pages: x, 256 Language: English Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subjects: ,

Winner of the Autism Society of America’s Dr Temple Grandin Award Autism is a different way of being human: it offers possibilities and opportunities, not disabilities. By understanding autistic behaviours as responses based on an individual’s experiences and as strategies to cope with a chaotic world, Barry Prizant seeks to enhance a child’s abilities, to teach new skills, help individuals build on their strengths and develop coping strategies that could aid the fulfilment of every child’s promise. Uniquely Human debunks many of the false and outdated stereotypes that surround autism. It is a first step towards a greater understanding of people with autism and an essential part of their successful participation in and contribution to society. With a wealth of inspiring stories and practical advice from thousands of children and older people with autism and their families, Uniquely Human conveys a deep respect for the qualities in people on the autism spectrum that make them special. It offers a compassionate and insightful perspective that could be life-changing as well as uplifting.