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Autism as a lived experience 

Autism as a lived experience
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Autism as a lived experience
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Traolach S. Brugha

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198796343.003.0004
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date: 17 June 2018

In this chapter use is made of the perspectives patients have shared on their lifetime experience, and of what can be learnt from the intelligent adult man and woman on the autism spectrum, drawn and summarized from, and inspired by personal accounts in the clinic, and from published accounts, including those found through online support communities. Consideration is given to empathy that is not reciprocated and to difference versus disorder. Also considered are choices of action to follow—the yearning for logical problem solving—consideration of what would help and where to obtain help, including the possible value of an assessment.

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