Uniquely Human

Apr 15, 2020 | Books for Parents

From the Cover

Autism is usually portrayed as a checklist of deficits, including difficulties interacting socially, problems in communicating, sensory challenges and repetitive behavior patterns. In Uniquely Human, Dr. Barry M. Prizant suggests a major shift in understanding autism: Instead of classifying “autistic” behaviors as signs of pathology, he sees them as strategies to cope with a world that feels chaotic and overwhelming. Rather than curb these behaviors, it’s better to enhance abilities, build on strengths, and offer supports that will lead to more desirable behavior and a better quality of life. In fact, argues Dr. Prizant, attempts to eliminate autistic behaviors may actually interfere with important developmental processes.

My thoughts

I originally read Uniquely Human as part of a class assignment in graduate school. I remember immediately falling in love with this book. Now as I am re-reading it (3 years later), I am remembering why. It doesn’t read like a textbook that makes you want to fall asleep on each page. It’s easy to read and full of relevant information.

One of my favorite aspects of the book are the many anecdotes provided throughout the chapters. These anecdotes helped me make connections to my life as an SLP and the children I work with.

Overall, I highly recommend this book if you are curious in learning more about autism.

Who is this book for?

Uniquely Human is perfect for both SLPs and parents of kids with autism.

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Alyssa Dudley, MS CCC-SLP

Owner, The Child Inspired