Art of Autism: Shifting Perceptions, The

Debra Hosseini
The Art of Autism: Shifting Perceptions contains art work and poetry of 77 artists on the autism spectrum including four artists who have been selected by the United Nations for Autism Awareness Stamps in 2012 for World Autism Day. The book contains commentary by essayists Keri Bowers, Dr. Stephen Shore, Elaine Hall of The Miracle Project, Dr. Darold Treffert, Dr. Colin Zimbleman, and Dr. Rebecca McKenzie. The Art of Autism: Shifting Perceptions widens the scope of the first book by author Debra Hosseini, Artism: The Art of Autism, in that it focuses on the heart-felt stories of families and individuals on the spectrum. The themes include the unique abilities of autistic artists, the importance of families in nurturing creativity, the positive reaction by many to a late diagnosis of Asperger's syndrome, the use of facilitated communication and alternative methods by nonverbal artists and poets, as well as the importance of collaboration in developing abilities and programs. We are bombarded with bad news in the media about autism. This book gives an alternative message. People on the autism spectrum are unique individuals, who can flourish when given creative outlets. The Art of Autism: Shifting Perceptions allows us the opportunity to reassess effective models for growth of individuals on the autism spectrum. Concentrating on strengths, building self-esteem and self-reliance are keys. Individuals on the spectrum, parents, relatives and community have contributed commentary about their journey, the importance of creating bonds in communities, seeking out opportunities, not giving up hope, and the limitless possibilities of living on the spectrum. This book contains 85 percent new material from Debra Hosseini's first book, The Art of Autism: Shattering Myths. In the first book, Debra gave a glimpse into the individual's lives. This book captures the excitement of their journey. If you liked Debra's first book, you'll love The Art of Autism: Shifting Perceptions. Debra shares her personal journey with her son, Kevin, through his difficulties in adolescence. Can art help us transcend those difficulties? As you read this book, you will say Definitely YES!

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