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From A Comprehensive Book on Autism Spectrum Disorders, “aimed to be used as a textbook for child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship training and will serve as a reference for practicing psychologists, child and adolescent psychiatrists, general psychiatrists, pediatricians, child neurologists, nurses, social workers and family physicians.”

Because of their empathy or theory of mind difficulties they get very easily into social conflicts, become extremely controlling and dominating, and find it very difficult to resolve conflict. Indeed they can get stuck in a paranoid position in relation to another person. They have poor negotiating skills, poor capacity to give and take, poor social reciprocity, and have to win and insist that the other person give in and submit. They need help with understanding other’s minds, the nature of social relationships, social nuance, social know-how, help in reading other people’s minds, and seeing things from other’s point of view.

A very small group of persons with autism … engage in serious criminal activity eg computer hacking and indeed up to and including murder … This group also shows callous and unemotional traits in childhood and later. They can be fascinated by fire setting, killing animals, and in poisons.

In Japan, one of the major complaints [sic] of autistic children is shoplifting … it is well-known that autistic people are difficult [sic] to learn unwritten rules like morality…

There are three interesting chapters; reviews of the current research on ASDs in Africa and Iran, and a poorly-translated article on ‘sensory motor development’. In general, though, the book is littered with statements about autistic people that are profoundly negative and demonstrably untrue.

I am hopeful that, given the appalling translations of large sections of this book (go here for amusement, or horror if you’re hyperlexic), that few people will use it as a text. However it is free to download, which might give it a wider audience than it deserves.