Autism and the Edges of the Known World: Sensitivities, by Olga Bogdashina

By Olga Bogdashina

During this clever and incisive publication, Olga Bogdashina explores outdated and new theories of sensory conception and verbal exchange in autism. Drawing on linguistics, philosophy, neuroscience, psychology, anthropology and quantum mechanics, she seems to be at how the character of the senses tell an individual's view of the area, and the way language either displays and constructs that view. interpreting the 'whys' and 'hows' of the senses, and the position of language, Olga Bogdashina demanding situations universal perceptions of what it potential to be 'normal' and 'abnormal'. In doing so she exhibits that autism will help to light up our figuring out of what it potential to be human, and of the way we improve colleges that form our cognition, language, and behavior. within the ultimate bankruptcy, she explores phenomena frequently linked to the magical - together with premonitions, telepathy and deja vu - and exhibits that those can principally be defined in typical phrases. This ebook will entice someone with a private or specialist curiosity in autism, together with scholars and researchers, scientific practitioners, members at the autism spectrum and their households, academics, speech and occupational therapists, and different execs.

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The concepts bring the bits together. The concepts form our perception. Perception then becomes the key to closing out all kinds of irrelevant information – the stuff that doesn’t fit concepts. So-called ‘normality’ is about becoming ‘closed-minded’. 67) However, there are people who are born without filtering systems. Without filtering out a certain degree of incoming information, the slow working equipment of the conscious mind wouldn’t be able to keep up with the pace and, unable to make the number and depth of connections it otherwise might with this information, the ways in which we then might communicate, relate, even think or feel, might be very markedly different to Filtering Model / 35 what most people think of as ‘natural’ or ‘normal’.

After Auditory Integration Training] I had now realised that I had heard in surges and troughs, which were further distorted by the intrusion of background noise. I had been so swamped in sound that short term memory and language fragmented so that I could not make sense of my own thoughts. 276) Common features have also been observed in the language development of children with autism and those with visual Filtering Model / 39 impairments, for example, echolalia and pronoun reversal (Fay and Schuler 1980), and in children with hearing impairments.

I hypothesize that oversensitivity to touch and auditory scrambling prior to the age of two may cause the rigidity of thinking and lack of emotional development found in Kanner-type autism. These children partially recover the ability to understand speech between the ages of two-and-ahalf and three. [Those] who develop normally up to two years of age, may be more emotionally normal because emotional centres in the brain have had an opportunity to develop 42 / AUTISM AND THE EDGES OF THE KNOWN WORLD before the onset of sensory processing problems.

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