House of Mind

"Biology gives you a brain. Life turns it into a mind" - Jeffrey Eugenides

  • 28th September
    2014
  • 28

Drawing Autism by Jill Mullin, a behavior analyst in NYC,  is a compilation of collected works by individuals that have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). 

As the author states in the inside cover of the book: 

Drawing Autism celebrates the artistry and self-expression of individuals diagnosed with autism while also serving as an accessible point of entry into understanding how ASD manifests itself. 

This beautiful book is divided into seven chapters that represent core characteristics in ASD:

1. Interaction: Individual and Societal

2. Repetition, Repetition, Repetition 

3. Getting From Here to There

4. Bird’s Eye View

5. Another World

6. It’s All History

7. Art for Art’s Sake

The book also contains a listing of the artists and bios, as well as interviews with the creators of the artwork. The artists answer questions related to the artwork, providing a personal view into the perspective of ASD as well as its manifestation. I personally really liked reading this because it highlights the diversity of the condition and the subjective experience (and thought process) of each individual. I also appreciate that the book advocates nurturing these creative talents in autistic individuals. I can’t help but wonder what artwork from individuals diagnosed with other disorders would look like…. 

I got my copy at a local comic book/graphic novel shop in Puerto Rico (shout out to Mondo Bizarro) but it is available at Amazon as well. 

  • 9th January
    2012
  • 09
The Autism Enigma: Nature Neuroscience Special Issue

Nature Neuroscience, one of the world’s leading peer reviewed scientific journals, has put out a whole issue dedicated to autism and autism-spectrum disorders that is freely available to everyone. I happen to have a hard copy of it and it’s a comprehensive collection of all the recent advances in that field. Click on the link to access a copy of the issue, which includes news, commentaries, research articles, reviews and more. Another nice thing is that it integrates findings from multiple levels of research (top-down), which means that there are articles about behavior, systems, the role of transmitters, molecules, etc…