The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum by Temple Grandin
If you want to know why an autistic person acts the way he or she does, one must go beyond the behavior, but journey into the center of the mind. Since 1987, when Grandin, a noted Colorado State University animal science professor, became one of the first diagnosed autistic individuals to be evaluated by an MRI. The hope was that neuroimaging technologies will lead to a better understanding of autism. Since the beginning, medical professionals didn't know what to do with autism. One of the biggest hurdles with treating the illness is discovering whether the behaviors are biological or psychological. Grandin does offer hope that one day, autism will be evaluated not according to some diagnostic manual, but to each individual case.
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