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Day 7: Emergence: Labeled Autistic

Posted on April 07, 2014 in Autism

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More than twenty years after reading my first autobiography, this one still remains one of my favorites. I am also a fan of Temple’s other books, of course, but Emergence has helped me the most in my work with children as it is short, insightful, and chock full of stories that illustrate how autism can feel, look, and be experienced.

Like many young children on the spectrum, Temple had sensory problems, communication difficulties, and struggled to navigate relationships. Her memories of these difficulties will help you better understand behaviors, design supports, and potentially even plan curriculum and instruction—especially since several of her stories are related to school or learning in some way. This first book by the most famous person on the spectrum in the world is well worth your money and your time.

** Idea for using this book: I like using this book in teacher preparation classes. I often ask students to read for the purpose of identifying teaching supports and tips.

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