Children on the autism spectrum are unique. They process information and think differently, and they have different strengths and weaknesses—so why is society pushing them into neurotypical “normalcy?”
In Autism Is the Future, author Marlo Thurman reveals how cognitive differences are the constructing pieces in understanding those with autism. Through her findings, she shows how those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) constantly challenge assumptions about intelligence and measuring intelligence.
Based on her doctoral dissertation, Thurman presents her theory of sensory-cognitive difference and proposes that these developments have evolved together into a very different form of intelligence in those with ASD.
Through her years of work with those on the autism spectrum, Thurman shows that current educational and societal structures may be failing the growing number of people on the spectrum, robbing both these individuals and society of autism’s unique gifts.
Marlo Payne Thurman began work with children diagnosed with ASD in 1986. Most recently, Marlo completed a landmark study proposing an alternative sensory-cognitive difference theory based on her extensive discussions and interactions with diagnosed adults - this research was the foundation for this book.