From Mars to the ground

Galarraga Aiestaran, Ana

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"Normally an anthropologist feels like Mars." According to neurologist Oliver Sacks, Temple Grandine has that feeling of himself, and that is the phrase Sacks used to title one of his books.

In this book he narrates the adventures of Grandin. Grandin is autistic, but his peculiarities have not prevented him from working in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Colorado. Together with Grandin, An Anthropologist appears in the book Marten other autists with unique endowments for drawing, music, dance or other artistic disciplines.

In fact, according to the author, about 10% of autists explain some outstanding skill, and some of these cases are the protagonists of the last two chapters of Mars, an Anthropologist. The rest of the sections refer to people with other neurological disorders. In total, they form an interesting and joyful book to understand the normal and abnormal functioning of the human brain and our behaviors.

However, Gautena professionals have recommended two very different books. Both explain strategies for working with autists. - Guide for parents and professionals, which includes methods to help autists with serious intellectual deficiencies in different areas (school, family, maturity...) and in aspects such as behavioral problems, sexuality, communication, social skills...

The other book recommended by Gautena is more general, since it proposes exercises that can be worked with all people with autism spectrum disorders. Game manual for children with autism. It is entitled Exercises, materials and strategies and, according to its authors, is a practical book. Basically, it offers ideas, materials and help autistic people play with their family and professionals.

An anthropologist on Mars
Original title: Anthropologist on Mars (1995)
Oliver Sacks
Translator: Related information
Publications Service of the University of the Basque Country, 2003
ISBN: 84-8373-563-6
- Guide for parents and professionals
Free announcement
Autismo Ávila, 2012
ISBN: 978-84-940322
Game manual for children with autism. Exercises, materials and strategies
Anabel Cornago, Maite Navarro and Fatima Collado
Psylicom, 2013
ISBN: 978-84-941000-9-3
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