Born On A Blue Day

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Born On A Blue Day

Born On A Blue Day

Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant

  • Author: Daniel Tammet
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 9781416548195
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 240
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A journey into one of the most fascinating minds alive today—guided by the owner himself. Bestselling author Daniel Tammet (Thinking in Numbers) is virtually unique among people who have severe autistic disorders in that he is capable of living a fully independent life and able to explain what is happening inside his head. He sees numbers as shapes, colors, and textures, and he can perform extraordinary calculations in his head. He can learn to speak new languages fluently, from scratch, in a week. In 2004, he memorized and recited more than 22,000 digits of pi, setting a record. He has savant syndrome, an extremely rare condition that gives him the most unimaginable mental powers, much like those portrayed by Dustin Hoffman in the film Rain Man. Fascinating and inspiring, Born on a Blue Day explores what it’s like to be special and gives us an insight into what makes us all human—our minds.

Embracing the Wide Sky

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Embracing the Wide Sky

Embracing the Wide Sky

A Tour Across the Horizons of the Mind

  • Author: Daniel Tammet
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 9781416570134
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 288
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Owner of "the most remarkable mind on the planet," (according to Entertainment Weekly) Daniel Tammet captivated readers and won worldwide critical acclaim with the 2007 New York Times bestselling memoir, Born On A Blue Day, and its vivid depiction of a life with autistic savant syndrome. In his fascinating new book, he writes with characteristic clarity and personal awareness as he sheds light on the mysteries of savants' incredible mental abilities, and our own. Tammet explains that the differences between savant and non-savant minds have been exaggerated; his astonishing capacities in memory, math and language are neither due to a cerebral supercomputer nor any genetic quirk, but are rather the results of a highly rich and complex associative form of thinking and imagination. Autistic thought, he argues, is an extreme variation of a kind that we all do, from daydreaming to the use of puns and metaphors. Embracing the Wide Sky combines meticulous scientific research with Tammet's detailed descriptions of how his mind works to demonstrate the immense potential within us all. He explains how our natural intuitions can help us to learn a foreign language, why his memories are like symphonies, and what numbers and giraffes have in common. We also discover why there is more to intelligence than IQ, how optical illusions fool our brains, and why too much information can make you dumb. Many readers will be particularly intrigued by Tammet's original ideas concerning the genesis of genius and exceptional creativity. He illustrates his arguments with examples as diverse as the private languages of twins, the compositions of poets with autism, and the breakthroughs, and breakdowns, of some of history's greatest minds. Embracing the Wide Sky is a unique and brilliantly imaginative portrait of how we think, learn, remember and create, brimming with personal insights and anecdotes, and explanations of the most up-to-date, mind-bending discoveries from fields ranging from neuroscience to psychology and linguistics. This is a profound and provocative book that will transform our understanding and respect for every kind of mind.

Every Word Is a Bird We Teach to Sing

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Every Word Is a Bird We Teach to Sing

Every Word Is a Bird We Teach to Sing

Encounters with the Mysteries and Meanings of Language

  • Author: Daniel Tammet
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 031635306X
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 272
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A mind-expanding, deeply humane tour of language by the bestselling author of Born on a Blue Day and Thinking in Numbers. Is vocabulary destiny? Why do clocks "talk" to the Nahua people of Mexico? Will A.I. researchers ever produce true human-machine dialogue? In this mesmerizing collection of essays, Daniel Tammet answers these and many other questions about the intricacy and profound power of language. In Every Word Is a Bird We Teach to Sing, Tammet goes back in time to London to explore the numeric language of his autistic childhood; in Iceland, he learns why the name Blær became a court case; in Canada, he meets one of the world's most accomplished lip readers. He chats with chatbots; contrives an "e"-less essay on lipograms; studies the grammar of the telephone; contemplates the significance of disappearing dialects; and corresponds with native Esperanto speakers - in their mother tongue. A joyous romp through the world of words, letters, stories, and meanings, Every Word Is a Bird We Teach to Sing explores the way communication shapes reality. From the art of translation to the lyricism of sign language, these essays display the stunning range of Tammet's literary and polyglot talents.

Thinking in Numbers

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Thinking in Numbers

Thinking in Numbers

How Maths Illuminates Our Lives

  • Author: Daniel Tammet
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 1444737422
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 240
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This is the book that Daniel Tammet, bestselling author and mathematical savant, was born to write. In Tammet's world, numbers are beautiful and mathematics illuminates our lives and minds. Using anecdotes and everyday examples, Tammet allows us to share his unique insights and delight in the way numbers, fractions and equations underpin all our lives. Inspired by the complexity of snowflakes, Anne Boleyn's sixth finger or his mother's unpredictable behaviour, Tammet explores questions such as why time seems to speed up as we age, whether there is such a thing as an average person and how we can make sense of those we love. Thinking in Numbers will change the way you think about maths and fire your imagination to see the world with fresh eyes.

My Beautiful Disaster

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My Beautiful Disaster

My Beautiful Disaster

  • Author: Derek Amato
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • ISBN: 1304323315
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 252
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Derek Amato's reflections in My Beautiful Disaster provide rare insight into what people with extraordinary gifts see, think, feel and do; pose questions about the potential to tap into previously undetected abilities and spotlight the 'silent epidemic' of head trauma. His experiences also make vivid some the challenges faced by those living with autism and other neurological disorders and hint at the possibility we all have more in common than we think. Readers enchanted by autistic savant, Daniel Tammet's eloquent Born On A Blue Day, will welcome another multi-layered, first person account of what is to live with a remarkable condition. Uniquely, having spent his life as a neurotypical Amato's tale relates the before and after of 'the gift'; his voice at times resonating with incredulity at what has happened and what the eventual cost may be.

Love You to Pieces

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Love You to Pieces

Love You to Pieces

Creative Writers on Raising a Child with Special Needs

  • Author: Suzanne Kamata
  • Publisher: Beacon Press
  • ISBN: 9780807000304
  • Category: Family & Relationships
  • Page: 256
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A collection of parents' perspectives at various stages in the lives of children with disabilities paints a beautiful, wrenchingly honest portrait of what it means to care for a child who does not experience the world as we do, in a volume of poems, essays, and fiction by Bret Lott, Jayne Anne Phillips, Michael Brub, Penny Wolfson, and others. Original.

Autism Life Skills

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Autism Life Skills

Autism Life Skills

From Communication and Safety to Self-Esteem and More - 10 Essential AbilitiesEv ery Child Needs and Deserves to Learn

  • Author: Chantal Sicile-Kira
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 1440629978
  • Category: Family & Relationships
  • Page: 224
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Award-winning autism expert Chantal Sicile-Kira presents a positive and empowering ?bill of rights? for every person with autism. From an award-winning author and advocate, Autism Life Skills presents a positive and empowering "bill of rights" for every person with autism, regardless of impairment level. With advice and reflections from autistic adults across the spectrum, as well as Sicile-Kira's own experience as an advocate and parent of an autistic teen, the book covers these ten essential life skills: Making Sense of the World * Communication * Safety * Self-Esteem * Pursuing Interests * Self-Regulation * Independence * Social Relationships * Self- Advocacy *Earning a Living Whether your child or student has Asperger's or is on the more severely impaired end of the autism spectrum, this action-oriented guide will provide hope and help -- so that every child has a chance to reach his or her full potential.

Islands of Genius

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Islands of Genius

Islands of Genius

The Bountiful Mind of the Autistic, Acquired, and Sudden Savant

  • Author: Darold A. Treffert,Daniel Tammet
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • ISBN: 1849058733
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 302
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In this fascinating book, Dr. Treffert looks at what we know about savant syndrome, and at new discoveries that raise interesting questions about the hidden brain potential within us all. He looks both at how savant skills can be nurtured, and how they can help the person who has them, particularly if that person is on the autism spectrum.

Autism and Spirituality

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Autism and Spirituality

Autism and Spirituality

Psyche, Self and Spirit in People on the Autism Spectrum

  • Author: Olga Bogdashina
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • ISBN: 085700591X
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 272
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Olga Bogdashina argues persuasively that, contrary to popular belief, spirituality plays a vital role in the lives of many people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Drawing on interdisciplinary research from fields as diverse as psychology, philosophy, anthropology, linguistics, neuroscience and religion, as well as first-hand experiences of people on the spectrum, she shows how people with ASD experience their inner worlds and sense of self, and how this shapes the spiritual dimension of their lives and vice versa. She presents a coherent framework for understanding the routes of spiritual development and 'spiritual giftedness' within this group, offering insights that will inform understanding of how to support and nurture spiritual wellbeing in people with ASDs. This book gives a voice to both verbal and non-verbal individuals on the autism spectrum whose spiritual experiences, though often unconventional, are meaningful and profound. It is essential reading for all those interested in the spiritual wellbeing of this group, including pastoral carers and counsellors, ministers of religion, spiritual leaders, parents and carers and individuals on the autism spectrum.

Inclusion Lesson Plan Book for the 21st Century

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Inclusion Lesson Plan Book for the 21st Century

Inclusion Lesson Plan Book for the 21st Century

Teacher Training Edition

  • Author: Toby Karten
  • Publisher: National Professional Resources Inc./Dude Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781935609476
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 176
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This Teacher Training Edition is for use by both instructors and their students in training sessions on inclusion practices. It is specifically designed for college professors and staff trainers who teach lesson planning skills as part of their pre-service or in-service courses. The content parallels the original Inclusion Plan Book, but is organized for training purposes and includes professional activities to examine inclusion practices for whole class, small groups, and individual students. It contains additional downloadable forms for inclusion documentation and online resources that are valuable tools for any "teacher-in-training" staff development program. Purchase multiple copies for your in-service professional learning experiences or have your college bookstore order copies for students taking your inclusion course.