Autism: The Movement Sensing Perspective is the result of a collaborative effort by parents, therapists, clinicians, and researchers from all disciplines in science including physics, engineering, and applied mathematics. This book poses questions regarding the current conceptualization and approach to the study of autism, providing an alternative unifying data-driven framework grounded in physiological factors.
This book reaches beyond subjective descriptions of autistic phenomena and embraces a new era of objective measurements, analyses, and statistical inferences. The authors harness activities from the nervous systems across the brain and body (often in tandem), and introduce a platform for the comprehensive personalized phenotyping of individuals with autism. The impact of this approach is discussed to advance the development of tailored treatments options, enhance the ability to longitudinally track symptomatology, and to fundamentally empower affected individuals and their families. This book encompasses a new era for autism research and treatments, and our continuous effort to collectively empower and embrace the autistic community.
Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction, impaired verbal and non-verbal communication, and restricted and repetitive behavior. Parents usually notice signs in the first two years of their child's life. These signs often develop gradually, though some children with autism reach their developmental milestones at a normal pace and then regress. The diagnostic criteria require that symptoms become apparent in early childhood, typically before age three. Collaborative compiled and co-edited by Elizabeth B. Torres (Psychology Department, Rutgers University) and Caroline Whyatt (Psychology Department, Rutgers University), "Autism: The Movement Sensing Perspective" is comprised of twenty-seven informative articles by experts in the field that collectively present the movement approach to autism in a comprehensive way, integrating scientific methods and results with the experience of affected people, ways to improve their experiences, and the societal integration of autism. "Autism: The Movement Sensing Perspective" will assist readers in understanding how people with autism think differently, based on how they move and are moved differently, and how, on the basis of this novel understanding, a better fit is possible between people with autism and their often non-autistic context. A seminal volume of simply outstanding scholarship, "Autism: The Movement Sensing Perspective" is unreservedly recommended as a critically important and core addition to professional and academic library Autism collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of psychology students, academia, and the non-specialist general reader with an interest in the subject that "Autism: The Movement Sensing Perspective" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $95.96).
Source: Midwest Book Review November 2017