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Transfer Boy

Transfer Boy

Teodor Mihail | Michel Ferrari | Ljiljana Vuletic


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Transfer Boy: Perspectives on Asperger Syndrome explores what it is like to be an adolescent with Asperger Syndrome, through interviews with Teodor, a 'psychologically unusual' twelve-year-old. In this detailed case study, Vuletic and Ferrari combine an autobiographical account with perspectives from other family members and people who know Teodor well, while simultaneously integrating psychiatric and psychological research on autism.

The authors evaluate the merits and pitfalls of different interpretations of autism and address the broad psychological issues related to Asperger Syndrome - intelligence, social skills, memory, the transitional period from childhood to adolescence. The study includes results and interpretations of standard measures of self-concept, an IQ test and a psychiatric exam, contributing to the hitherto under-researched area of autistic self-knowledge.

Ljiljana Vuletic has been involved in the field of autism as a therapist and consultant for twenty years and is currently completing her doctorate at the University of Toronto. Michel Ferrari is Associate Professor and Head of the Centre for Applied Cognitive Science at the University of Toronto. Teodor Mihail is a teenager diagnosed with Asperger syndrome who is currently attending high school, has friends, and is successful in his school programs. His dream is to have a job involving travel to all five continents or working at VIA Rail or Greyhound.
This is a very detailed and well-constructed volume relating to contemporary issues in Asperger Syndrome. The authors are to be complimented on the inclusive nature of this work... this book's greatest achievement is the manner in which the authors simultaneously integrate existing research on autism with a biographical narrative. Probably the best part of this book, for the reader, is the intricately woven story of the Asperger experience from a very human perspective. The authors are to be congratulated for the manner in which they tackle the many various and flawed assessment methodologies which may lead to a diagnosis with Asperger Syndrome. The lack of agreement in research circles regarding the causal nature of the syndrome is well evidenced. This argument is well made and enhanced as scientific theories regarding Asperger Syndrome's aetiology are given new and real meaning, as they are applied to Teodor's lived experience of the condition. In summary, this a timely volume as the incidence of the diagnosis Autistic Spectrum Disorders are ever increasing. I would recommend this volume as an ideal reference text for all those working with and caring for people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, wherever they may be. The many issues raised in this volume demonstrate the international transferability of issues relating to families experiencing Asperger Syndrome. A must-have volume for all educational establishments training professional groups to work with people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.
Frontline of Learning Disabilities
This book uses a portrait of Teodor, a teenager with Asperger syndrome (AS), to examine aspects of living with AS, and by extension, ideas about AS.Transfer Boy goes well beyond the basic case study format and is one of the first books for professionals to integrate the desire for self-determination expressed by autistic adults with scientific perspectives on 'difference'.
Good Autism Practice
Transfer Boy: Perspectives on Asperger Syndrome is a detailed look at a fascinating and complex human being. The authors method involved polling multiple perspectives, including Teodor Milhail's own first-person perspective, to build a collage that explores complexity.The view of the disability from the inside is compelling and often challenging.
Teodor is physically present in his classroom, but mentally elsewhere. In an effort to learn about him, and other students like him, therapist Vuletic and academic Ferrari (applied cognitive science, u. of Toronto) teamed up with Teodor to write his analysis of Asperger's syndrome based on his autobiography. Their commentary, which includes elements of psychiatric, psychological, and neurobiological research, is combined with commentary on the various interpretations of Asperger's syndrome and notes by those who know and love Teodor.
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Table of Contents

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2. Housing for the Urban Poor Through Informal Providers in Dhaka City, Bangladesh
3. Nutritious Trees in Urban Areas: An Innovative Poverty Alleviation Strategy in Villa El Salvador, Peru 4. Partnership Alternatives for the Management of Drinking Water in Urban Slums: Case of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
5. Urban Agriculture in Dakar, Senegal: Health Issues Associated with Polluted Irrigation Water
6. Using Participatory Urban Design for the Integration of Organic Solid Waste Management with Urban Agriculture: A Case Study from the Philippines
7. Re-think, Re-use: Improving Collective Action
8. Healthy, Sustainable, and Culturally Appropriate Living and Working Environments: A Case Study of Pig Breeders in Malika, Senegal Capacity for Solid Waste Management and Income Generation in Thailand
9. Participatory Transformation of a Women’s Centre in Malika, Senegal: Toward the Development of Productive Ecosystems in Suburban Contexts