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Book Review: Autism Spectrum Disorders in the College
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Chapter 4, Recommended Approaches to Neuroimaging Literature on Autism Spectrum Disorders for Teachers of Writing by Lynda Walsh and Cheryl Olman (2011), seems misplaced. The authors offer recommendations for evaluating functional magnetic resonance imagining (fMRI) studies related to ASD. They provide a brief overview of the findings of some fMRI studies (e.g. mirror neurons), but discussion about the neurology of ASD contributes little to the practical understanding of working with college students with ASD. The authors come to the conclusion that “students with ASD may have difficulty empathizing with others and therefore may have trouble performing audience analysis exercises intuitively” (p.81). The five general recommendations provided in the conclusion do offer some guidance for instructors that can help make instruction more accessible for all learners.


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