Autism as Context Blindness
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Autism as Context Blindness

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August 13, 2012
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Dr. Vermeulen has produced a brilliant work that demands attention. Autism as Context Blindness provides a unique glance into the minds of individuals with ASD.

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Dr. Vermeulen has produced a brilliant work that demands attention. Autism as Context Blindness provides a unique glance into the minds of individuals with ASD. It is simple but groundbreaking.

Application of Vermeulen's insights into the mind of autism will help individuals with ASD to become ready for the contexts in which they live. While we have become increasingly familiar with the term autistic thinking, people with autism are still misunderstood.

In this book, inspired by the ideas of Uta Frith, the internationally known psychologist and a pioneer in theory of mind as it relates to autism, Vermeulen explains in everyday terms how the autistic brain functions and highlights the impact of not understanding context.

Full of often humorous examples, the book examines context as it relates to observation, social interactions, communication, and knowledge. The book concludes with a section on how to reduce context blindness -- a skill vital for successful functioning.

Due to the far-reaching consequences of context blindness, this book is a must-read for those living and working with somebody with autism. Dr. Vermeulen's insights regarding context blindness deliver a fresh perspective on how individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) perceive and respond to their environment.


Peter Vermeulen brings a truly refreshing perspective to autism and thus sheds new light on our still blurry vision of this perennially fascinating condition. His wonderfully embracing concept of 'context blindness' provides a powerful explanation of the varied features of autism spectrum disorders.

--Uta Firth, world expert on autism, developmental psychologist and professor, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Dept. of Psychology, University College, London

While Peter Vermeulen demonstrates a strong scientific base for his elaborate discussion on context blindness, it is his folksy manner and pragmatic thinking that makes this book such a wonderful teaching tool for any of us interested in studying factors that contribute to the social learning and problem-solving challenges we observe in our students, clients, and/or children. As Vermeulen guides us to explore different aspects of context blindness, he also encourages us to create treatment strategies to help all of us better inform and guide our children/students with regard to the many and varied issues that result from struggling to perceive all that is. This book is highly recommended for parents, counselors, and teachers to help us all learn to avoid our own blindness to what is causing our students to react and respond the way they do.

--Michelle Garcia Winner, speech-language pathologist, MA-CCC, founder of Social Thinking. author of THINKING ABOUT YOU THINKING ABOUT ME

With this impressive body of work, Dr. Peter Vermeulen connects what scientists have learned about what is happening in the brains of individuals with autism to what parents and teachers need to know to teach and support effectively. This amazing book explores the complexity of social competence through an extensive review of the various autism learning theories and research that both supports and questions those ideas. Vermeulen presents this essential information in a clear and accessible way, making this book essential reading for anyone charged with educating a person on the spectrum. One of my favorite quotes in the book is, 'There is a lot of know-how about autism, but there is little know-why.' This does a knock-out job of helping us understand the whys. I strongly recommend it to anyone who has ever been confused by the behavior of a child or student with autism.

--Kari Dunn Buron, MS, educator, autism education specialist


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Peter Vermeulen, PhD, is a psychologist and co-director of the Centre for Concrete Communication, a training and education center specializing in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Belgium. Dr. Vermeulen's insights regarding context blindness deliver fresh perspective on how individuals with ASD perceive and respond to their environment.


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