By T.O. Daria

ISBN-10: 1843105861

ISBN-13: 9781843105862

Quite a few weeks outdated, Dasha the cat came upon herself in a family members with an autistic baby. The book of Temple Grandin's ebook "Animals in Translation: utilizing the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behaviour" became the loved ones right into a study laboratory, with the people staring at Dasha's behaviours and the cat experimenting with the 'human guinea pigs'. The pussycat point of view offers a brand new outlook on autism stipulations, demanding lengthy demonstrated stereotypes and analysing controversies within the box with an independent angle and humour. The textual content is interspersed with Dasha's 'wisdoms', 'research notes' and definitions of techniques in response to her personal knowing, equivalent to 'A puppy store is a spot the place people turn out to be followed by way of the animals who're courageous sufficient to take a accountability of taking care of them.' Dasha's magazine presents research-based details in an fun and obtainable shape and makes critical and intricate matters reminiscent of sensory notion, reminiscence, verbal exchange, savant talents and difficult behaviours in autism simply comprehensible for the overall reader.

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It corresponds to that in lizards. 44 Animals and Humans, Cats and Dogs 2. The ‘middle’ brain is the ‘paleomammalian brain’, responsible for emotions. It corresponds to that in mammals. 3. The ‘newest’ brain is the ‘neomammalian brain’, responsible for language and reasoning. It corresponds to that of primates (including humans). The highest level of the brain is the neocortex. It includes the frontal lobes and other structures controlling higher cognitive processes. Remove this part of the brain, and the HS is left with the ‘animal brain’.

At present, no single theory accounts for all manifestations of this condition. And no single treatment works for all autistic individuals. However, I urge all HSs involved to be optimistic (you haven’t got nine lives to solve this puzzle). Together we can shed some light on this situation. Brain research shows some structural and functional differences between autistic and non-autistic brains that could be a starting point for a real exploration of autism. (One of the researchers has a very famous – but in quite a different field – name.

For example, our Alex corrects all the ‘wrongs’ the minute he enters the living room in the morning: he might pick up a piece of fluff from under the table, move the chair a few inches to the ‘right position,’ take Mother’s mug to the kitchen, etc. e. the way it was yesterday, the day before yesterday, a week ago. The good news is that Alex is becoming more flexible. A couple of years ago he would throw a tantrum if anything were out of order – for example, the picture was not straight on the wall, or his toy was on the chair instead of being on the 53 Dasha’s Journal window sill.

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