The Science and Fiction of Autism

Author: Schreibman, Laura


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  • ISBN: 9780674019317
  • Author: Schreibman, Laura
  • Publ Date: 2005-12-02
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  • Pages: 288
  • Status: O/P
  • ID - 6697


Autism is a complex and incurable constellation of bizarre behaviours, impaired cognition, limited language and most distressingly, a lack of responsiveness to other people, and it has been the centre of impassioned debates for decades. What is it? What causes it? How can it be treated? In The Science and Fiction of Autism, one of the country's leading experts in behavioural treatments approaches autism through the context of its controversies, showing where extraordinary and unfounded claims have falsely raised hopes, stirred fears and ruined lives. Arguing that autism is an entirely biological disorder, however complex its neurological origins, Laura Schreibman lays waste to the beliefs that it is caused by 'refrigerator mothers' or the MMR vaccine, as well as to the simplistic claims that it can be cured by a variety of unsubstantiated treatments. Drawing from her own long clinical experience with autistic children and their parents, Schreibman arms her readers - students, educators, psychologists and parents alike - with information and arguments to deal with the onslaught of good, bad, deficient, and irrelevant ideas about autism.


"For anyone close to an autistic person who wants to learn about the problem, this is almost certainly the best available manual... Schreibman describes pretty much every current approach to autism, and examines how well supported by evidence each proposed theory is, and how well each therapy works. There is no better straightforward source of answers than this book." - Ian Hacking, London Review of Books"

Author Biography:

Laura Schreibman is Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of the Autism Research Program at the University of California at San Diego.


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