Autism From Within - a handbook
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©2006. By Hilde de Clercq. For those who have heard Hilde de Clercq speak, it will be no surprise to hear that this is a very special book. Her unique position as a professional, trainer, international speaker and above all, mother of a young man with Asperger syndrome, enables her to speak with authority and insight on autism spectrum disorders (ASD). She draws on her experience in all her roles, and on her wide study of the literature, to address all the key issues in ASD and to provide practical and sensitive advice on how to tackle problems. She uses vignettes from her life with her son and from the writings of others with ASD, to illustrate her points and to help deepen the reader's understanding, which is the basis of her approach. Her style is warm and open, with no unnecessary jargon. There are some problems with the translation but the content of the book makes it well worth ignoring those infelicities of grammar. This book deserves to be taken seriously for the way it integrates research, theory and personal accounts and is a valuable contribution to the field.
'... I started to read the book yesterday and was so fascinated I couldn't put it down until I had read it all. Her description of the world of the autistic child (and adult) and the examples she gives are so clear and accurate. The detailed and specific suggestions for helping a child (or adult) are so relevant and useful.
I must wholeheartedly recommend Hilde de Clercq's wonderful latest book, Autism from Within - a Handbook. De Clercq not only has a profound understanding of the nature and culture of autism but, like her colleague in Belgium, Theo Peeters, she is blessed with an enormous capacity for compassion and genuine affection for the autistic people with whom she works.
(Hardtcover; 336 pages.)
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