The Art of Autism: Shifting Perceptions

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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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About the Author:

Debra Hosseini is the parent of 3 children. Her youngest, Kevin, is a visual artist on the autism spectrum. This, her second Art of Autism, book deepens the journey into the creative potential of people on the spectrum. Debra has cofounded four nonprofits serving people with developmental disabilities. Her latest project, The Art of Autism collaborative, includes many artists and poets from this book. Debra curates art shows and events that feature artists, poets, film-makers, and authors on the spectrum.

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Find your child's artistic 'carrot' and you'll open the door to possibilities beyond your widest imagination and dreams.
Dr. Stephen Shore --Back cover
--back cover

The Art of Autism reveals extraordinary experiences in abilities that touch our souls.
Elaine Hall, The Miracle Project --back cover

The Art of Autism reveals extraordinary experiences in abilities that touch our souls.
Elaine Hall, The Miracle Project --back cover

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