A Cat Reflects on Life, Catness and Autism
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- Published: Apr 15 2008
- Pages: 176
- 214 x 175mm
- ISBN: 9781843105862
Times Higher Eductional Supplement
It's a brilliantly quirky little book with some of the finest and most scholarly insights I've seen into autism-spectrum conditions.
Dasha the cat's journal is a brilliantly conceived book which analyses the misunderstandings that a family have of people on the spectrum from the perspective of a disinterested observer (the family cat)... I found it wonderfully uplifting to read a book which describes my world in the way I would descibe it, and not have myself reduced to a list of problem behaviours and misunderstandings... Dasha wonderfully avoids being felinomorphic throughout the book, but tries, successfull, to comprehend autistic behaviour for what it is: perfectly normal reactions to the world as we experience it... if I could only get a few more researchers to take on that view, maybe I could stop them all barking up the wrong tree!
I found it wonderfully uplifting to read a book which describes my world in the way I would describe it, and not have myself reduced to a list of problem behaviours and misunderstanding.
Comparisons and humorous observation that may both surprise and enlighten you. This is a very thorough book. Much of the information would usefully underpin strategies that teachers or therapists might develop to support and autistic child. At nearly 150 pages its length is not off-putting and with the additional glossary, some useful notes and references and a bibliographyit provides a very solid resource.
Liane Holliday Willey, EdD, author of Pretending to be Normal: Living with Asperger's Syndrome
Dasha is a brilliant feline! She is flat-out funny, wise beyond her cat years and a true champion of autistics everywhere! Read her journal and let her teach you about autism!
Charlotte Moore, author of George and Sam: Autism in the Family
Dasha's Journal is a charming and original way of explaining the mystery that is autism. Dasha is a cat who lives in an "autistic" family. Her observations on the behaviour of both the autistic and neurotypical members of the family put the "problems" of autism into perspective; we are often told that autistic people are "mindblind", but, as Dasha shows, neurotypicals are just as blind to the ways of those who are "differently abled", whether autistics or cats! The Journal is quirky and amusing, but beneath the humour lies a serious and profound examination of autism and the misconceptions that surround it.
Edgar Schneider, author of Discovering My Autism: Apologia Pro Vita Sua (with apologies to Cardinal Newman)
As a person with Asperger's Syndrome, I cannot help but be troubled by how much misinformation abounds concerning autism. However, after reading Dasha's Journal, I have to give T.O. Daria the best objective comment that I can for a non-autistic writer: she gets it absolutely right!
Manuel F. Casanova, MD, Gottfried and Gisela Kolb Endowed Chair in Psychiatry, Associate Chair for Research, University of Louisville, KY
Dasha's Journal is a much needed work that blends the literary journey with an engaging scientific study. The book provides exemplary and cunning analogies to help the reader better appreciate the inner world of the autistic person. The author's thesis exemplifies autism as a different way of thinking with both strengths and weaknesses. The final result is a funny, clever, and up to date exposition of our present day knowledge regarding autism.
Stephen M. Shore, EdD, Executive Director of Autism Spectrum Disorder Consulting, Board of Directors for the Autism Society of America and the Asperger's Association of New England
A heartwarming book providing insights into how autistic persons perceive and interact with the world as only a cat can. As Dasha "meows" about her human members of the family we learn how autism is a different, rather than a disordered way of being. This book is a delightful and informative read.