The Jumbled Jigsaw: An Insider's Approach to the Treatment of Autistic Spectrum 'Fruit Salads'

The Jumbled Jigsaw: An Insider's Approach to the Treatment of Autistic Spectrum 'Fruit Salads'

The Jumbled Jigsaw: An Insider's Approach to the Treatment of Autistic Spectrum 'Fruit Salads'

The Jumbled Jigsaw: An Insider's Approach to the Treatment of Autistic Spectrum 'Fruit Salads'


The Jumbled Jigsaw exposes autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) not as single entities but as a combination of a whole range of often untreated, sometimes easily treatable, underlying conditions. Exploring everything from mood, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive and tic disorders to information processing and sensory perceptual difficulties, including dependency issues, identity problems and much more, Donna demonstrates how a number of such conditions can combine to form a 'cluster condition' and underpin the label 'autism spectrum disorder'. Donna Williams encourages and empowers families to look at what they can do to change their child's environment to address anxiety, overload and other issues. She also gives carers the necessary information to navigate the booming autism marketplace and demand the right tools for the job. The author also challenges professionals to adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to identifying and treating the cluster conditions that make up an autism spectrum diagnosis, and to improve service delivery to those in need. The Jumbled Jigsaw is a call to modern society to take responsibility and accept diversity. It is written in a very human and user-friendly way for parents and for Auties and Aspies themselves, but it is also aimed at carers, professionals, policy-makers and service providers.


Ok, so you landed in the world of those who are developmentally challenged and you’re looking for an instruction manual. Most likely you’ll get, instead, a label: ‘Autism’ or ‘Asperger’s syndrome’ or ‘PDDNOS’ (pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified) or some other umbrella term, as though you had one fruit and this type of ‘fruit’ will always taste the same if it’s got the same label.

And maybe you think you all got some kind of apple, like one of you got the Autism apple we might think of as a Golden Delicious. and another one of you got the Asperger’s apple we might think of as maybe a Granny Smith. and one of you got one of those ‘PDDNOS’ type apples we might think of as a Pink Lady.

But what if these weren’t single definable variations on one fruit? in fact, what if each were a strange fruit indeed? and the more you get used to it, the more you might find it may have many different flavours and sometimes it is not one fruit at all but a well-disguised blend of fruit salad, and you confused it for a mere apple! What’s more, what if the combined ingredients in each of these fruit salads and the amounts of each in each concoction differed slightly in each case? One piece of fruit may be that of information-processing issues, another of sensory-perceptual issues, another of communication issues, another of anxiety disorders, another of mood disorders, another of compulsive disorders and another of sense of self, environmental dynamics, identity and personality issues – and that’s just the fruit on top.

Some of you may find that where you thought you had only an ‘apple’, you will find when you look closer that you also have ‘grapes’. Others will not, but might have ‘plums’ instead. Some will have two types of ‘berries’ in there and some will have more than one type of ‘banana’.

And if you don’t like fruit salad, then think in terms of pizza. a pizza is not merely the base. It has lots of toppings involved in what becomes the final . . .

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