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[Xmca-l] FW: Peter Smagorinsky discusses his new book on autism-spectrum youth



In case anyone’s interested in what is known as “mental health,” Lois just released this podcast we did on a book that will allegedly be published soon, tho has been through a lot of delays in production. It runs a little over a half-hour. p

From: Lois Holzman [mailto:melissaj@eastsideinstitute.ccsend.com] On Behalf Of Lois Holzman
Sent: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 8:32 AM
To: Peter Smagorinsky <smago@uga.edu>
Subject: Peter Smagorinsky discusses his new book on autism-spectrum youth




Dear Friends,
We are re-sending this email because there was an error in the link for the audio file.
Happy listening!
Melissa



Dear Friends,

I'm pleased to bring your attention to an important new book: Creativity and Community among Autism-Spectrum Youth: Creating Positive Social Updrafts through Play and Performance<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001F402uDtPfIfsZxumNseRURs5--OFuajb1oHpcgJZMfAIXgI5jwX6GvkiSni496gK4hYnoaTCUQy2CCxN95_2XiQNyo3jT3D72kyUq0Wtg0lgEEBSjS2zYGZxZFmDspmSQM8ZsIJrRn2rMRu9XuDB-zvz3VQBxNK-7RFa3LJnOxMkBkyGuhXoh059RH3bUdfmJ_a-TQ6_ux0=&c=KEaT1R2Hn1d1I7QHTm2pc3hYKvtXP2u5qSynIBaO98S_lZ1UK5UaPg==&ch=_S8aAPLcOKtNKzQKE6381oQetmo8HIqX4KowK4sCHQDNrrs0WPSoeA==>. Edited by Peter Smagorinsky, Distinguished Research Professor of English Education at the University of Georgia, the book contains chapters by practitioners and scholars who offer an alternative to the cognitive/behavioral and behaviorist approaches to working with Autism-spectrum youth. Many of the chapters are first-person narratives that paint vivid pictures of children and their families struggling to live their lives developmentally in a diagnostic and stigmatizing culture.

Dr. Smagorinsky's own work challenges the disabling assumptions surrounding Autism and Asberger's. His chapter in Creativity and Community among Autism-Spectrum Youth pushes back with a Vygotskian/developmental framing of the issues facing the 'neurally atypical' and with what he's come to refer to his own "Asperger's Advantage."

Earlier this year, I interviewed Dr Smagorinsky and got the 'back story' of the book-how he got interested in Autism; what in his career led him to Vygotsky; how he conceptualized the book and what he learned in writing and putting it together; how the invited contributors influenced his thinking on mental illness, diagnosis, human development, and play and performance. It's a conversation that I recorded and want to share with you.

I invite you to listen HERE<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001F402uDtPfIfsZxumNseRURs5--OFuajb1oHpcgJZMfAIXgI5jwX6Gr148SSQkBU45H4DtU2YoFAElWhah_Z-HHBaR51rW0O8-3nfWQDgizDpgLFUmmlEjL0bB5XMBz6LV47I3LBvbwi1QJqZDU8okzccucfGbzxJ7o5NGkQJIWv8JZN7HINg5d5slU0Wfxin-OG-CrqAuqylC1CY5JyNo7yUGkGz50sJcROZNl65A06OH7llzvVqkOQoXKTP0LV3G1rN0phzvGQ16vnwKeNcPHU0u2Ei_Li1jvX-ymoqCVZ75lTphzAzSMaasRs6bkfrBsw3VF0Ft1A=&c=KEaT1R2Hn1d1I7QHTm2pc3hYKvtXP2u5qSynIBaO98S_lZ1UK5UaPg==&ch=_S8aAPLcOKtNKzQKE6381oQetmo8HIqX4KowK4sCHQDNrrs0WPSoeA==> to our conversation - an intimate recounting that weaves together personal, political and intellectual history. You can also order the book here<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001F402uDtPfIfsZxumNseRURs5--OFuajb1oHpcgJZMfAIXgI5jwX6GvkiSni496gK4hYnoaTCUQy2CCxN95_2XiQNyo3jT3D72kyUq0Wtg0lgEEBSjS2zYGZxZFmDspmSQM8ZsIJrRn2rMRu9XuDB-zvz3VQBxNK-7RFa3LJnOxMkBkyGuhXoh059RH3bUdfmJ_a-TQ6_ux0=&c=KEaT1R2Hn1d1I7QHTm2pc3hYKvtXP2u5qSynIBaO98S_lZ1UK5UaPg==&ch=_S8aAPLcOKtNKzQKE6381oQetmo8HIqX4KowK4sCHQDNrrs0WPSoeA==>.

All Best,
Lois

P.S. Here are a few highlights from our conversation... Listen here<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001F402uDtPfIfsZxumNseRURs5--OFuajb1oHpcgJZMfAIXgI5jwX6Gr148SSQkBU45H4DtU2YoFAElWhah_Z-HHBaR51rW0O8-3nfWQDgizDpgLFUmmlEjL0bB5XMBz6LV47I3LBvbwi1QJqZDU8okzccucfGbzxJ7o5NGkQJIWv8JZN7HINg5d5slU0Wfxin-OG-CrqAuqylC1CY5JyNo7yUGkGz50sJcROZNl65A06OH7llzvVqkOQoXKTP0LV3G1rN0phzvGQ16vnwKeNcPHU0u2Ei_Li1jvX-ymoqCVZ75lTphzAzSMaasRs6bkfrBsw3VF0Ft1A=&c=KEaT1R2Hn1d1I7QHTm2pc3hYKvtXP2u5qSynIBaO98S_lZ1UK5UaPg==&ch=_S8aAPLcOKtNKzQKE6381oQetmo8HIqX4KowK4sCHQDNrrs0WPSoeA==>.

- Much of the research on autism is heartbreaking. They take people with so much potential and turn them into smoldering heaps of disability....

- Vygotsky was concerned with creating new settings that were both discursive and material, and that's what I find useful. That's why he spoke to me.

- If you haven't also created different material environments for kids, you've only created a different way of talking. You haven't transformed how people navigate their day.












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