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1st Edition

The Movement Sensing Perspective

ISBN 9781482251630
Published October 3, 2017 by CRC Press
386 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Why Study Movement Variability in Autism? - Maria Brincker and Elizabeth B. Torres

The Autism Phenotype: Physiology versus Psychology? - Caroline Whyatt

Can Cognitive Theories Help to Understand Motor Dysfunction in Autism Spectrum Disorder? - Nicci Grace, Beth P. Johnson, Peter G. Enticott, and Nicole J. Rinehart

Dissecting a Social Encounter from Three Different Perspectives - Elizabeth B. Torres

More Than Meets the Eye: Redefining the Role of Sensory-Motor Control on Social Skills in Autism Spectrum Disorders - Caroline Whyatt

Action Evaluation and Discrimination as Indexes of Imitation Fidelity in Autism - Justin H. G. Williams

ADOS: The Physiology Approach to Assess Social Skills and Communication in Autism Spectrum Disorder - Caroline Whyatt and Elizabeth B. Torres

On the Brainstem Origin of Autism: Disruption to Movements of the Primary Self - Jonathan Delafield-Butt and Colwyn Trevarthen

The Gap between Intention and Action: Altered Connectivity and GABA-mediated Synchrony in Autism - John P. Hussman

Non-Gaussian Statistical Distributions Arising in Large-Scale Personalized Data Sets from Biophysical Rhythms of the Nervous Systems - Jorge V. José

Excess Success for a Study on Visual Search and Autism: Motivation to Change How Scientists Analyze Data - Gregory Francis

Contemporary Problems with Methods in Basic Brain Science Impede Progress in ASD Research and Treatments - Elizabeth B. Torres

Inherent Noise Hidden in Nervous Systems’ Rhythms Leads to New Strategies for Detection and Treatments for Core Motor Sensing Traits in ASD - Elizabeth B. Torres

Micromovements: The s-Spikes as a Way to "Zoom In" the Motor Trajectories of Natural Goal-Directed Behaviors - Di Wu, Elizabeth B. Torres, and Jorge V. José

Rhythm and Movement for Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Neurodevelopmental Perspective - Blythe LaGasse, Michelle Welde Hardy, Jenna Anderson, and Paige Rabon

Use of Video Technology to Support Persons Affected with Sensory-Movement Differences and Diversity - Sharon Hammer, Lisa Ladson, Max McKeough, Kate McGinnity, and Sam Rogers

Argentinian Ambulatory Integral Model to Treat Autism Spectrum Disorders - Silvia Baetti

Autism Sports and Educational Model for Inclusion (ASEMI) - Marcelo Biasatti and Maximiliano Lombardo

Reframing Autism Spectrum Disorder for Teachers: An Interdisciplinary Task - Corinne G. Catalano

Seeing Movement: Implications of the Movement Sensing Perspective for Parents - Pat Amos

Shiloh: The Outstanding Outlier - Summer Pierce

Ada Mae: Our Magical Fairy - Jonathan Grashow and Kathryn Grashow

It’s a Girl’s Life - Jadyn Waiser, Michelle Stern Waiser, and Anita Breslin

Anthony’s Story: Finding Normal - Cynthia Baeza

Autism: A Bullying Perspective - Sejal Mistry and Caroline Whyatt

Turning the Tables: Autism Shows the Social Deficit of Our Society - Elizabeth B. Torres

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Elizabeth B. Torres, Caroline Whyatt


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