Spirituality and the Autism Spectrum
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Release Date:01 Jan 2001
ISBN:9781843100263
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Spirituality and the Autism Spectrum

Of Falling Sparrows

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Defining spirituality as 'the spirit with which we confront concrete reality', this is the first book to focus on the spirituality of people with autism spectrum disorders. Drawing on verbal and non-verbal narratives, Abe Isanon explores the individual's struggle to come to terms with his or her humanity, as well as the spirituality of those who can neither reflect upon, nor express, their own life experiences, and how this affects both them and their carers.

This thought-provoking account will inspire all those who live and work with autism to strive for a better understanding of the spiritual nature of autism.

Abe Isanon has been teaching for 22 years. For the last 12 years he has been involved in specialist teaching of children and adults with autism spectrum disorders. Originally from Dublin, he now lives in the Midlands, UK, and works as a residential care manager with autistic adults.
Foreword. Introduction. Chapter 1: Autism - Towards a Definition. Chapter 2: Autism-Related Problems. Chapter 3: Coming to Terms. Chapter 4: Falling to Pictures/Drowning in Words. Chapter 5: Towards a Liberatory Spirituality of Autism-Related Problems. Chapter 6: Unqualified Existential Presence. Appendices. References. Index.
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