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Behind the Mirror

The Story of a Pioneer in Autism Treatment and Her Work with Children on the Spectrum

Jeanne Simons
as told to and with commentary by Sabine Oishi, PhD
foreword and afterword by James C. Harris, MD

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The life story of Jeanne Simons, whose own autism informed her pioneering work with autistic children.

Jeanne Simons devoted her career as a social worker and educator to the study, treatment, and care of children with autism. In 1955, she established the Linwood Children's Center in Ellicott City, Maryland, one of the first schools dedicated to children with autism. Her Linwood Model, developed there, was widely adopted and still forms the basis for a variety of autism intervention techniques. Incredibly—although unknown at the time—Jeanne was herself autistic.

Behind the Mirror reveals the…

The life story of Jeanne Simons, whose own autism informed her pioneering work with autistic children.

Jeanne Simons devoted her career as a social worker and educator to the study, treatment, and care of children with autism. In 1955, she established the Linwood Children's Center in Ellicott City, Maryland, one of the first schools dedicated to children with autism. Her Linwood Model, developed there, was widely adopted and still forms the basis for a variety of autism intervention techniques. Incredibly—although unknown at the time—Jeanne was herself autistic.

Behind the Mirror reveals the remarkable tale of this trailblazer and how she thought, felt, and experienced the world around her. With moving immediacy, Jeanne tells her life story to developmental psychologist, friend, and collaborator Sabine Oishi. Jeanne's unique experience is supplemented by commentary from Dr. Oishi, who explains the importance of key biographical details and fills in additional information about the diagnosis and treatment of autism. Enhanced with a photo gallery, a look at new approaches to the education of children with autism, and a history of Linwood since its founding, the book also contains a foreword, an afterword, and an appendix by James C. Harris, MD, the past director of child psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the founder of its autism clinic. Demystifying the experience of autism, Behind the Mirror is a groundbreaking account of possibilities and hope.

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This is a book that richly rewards those who read it.

Behind the Mirror is a moving account of the life of Jeanne Simmons, how her autism helped shape the Linwood Model and the challenges that she faced in setting up the Linwood Children's Center.

An outstanding book.

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9
Pages
240
ISBN
9781421440767
Illustration Description
10 b&w photos
Table of Contents

Foreword, by James C. Harris, MD
Preface
Introduction: A Brief Description of Early Autism Development
Chapter 1. Birth, 1909
Chapter 2. Early Memories
Chapter 3: Childhood during World War I
Chapter 4

Foreword, by James C. Harris, MD
Preface
Introduction: A Brief Description of Early Autism Development
Chapter 1. Birth, 1909
Chapter 2. Early Memories
Chapter 3: Childhood during World War I
Chapter 4: School Years in Holland
Chapter 5: Illness
Chapter 6: The Teacher
Chapter 7: Exile, 1940
Chapter 8: Stranded in America, 1940–1945
Chapter 9: Back in Holland, 1945–1947
Chapter 10: Return to America, 1947: The Social Worker
Chapter 11: Lee, Martin, and the Miracle Worker
Chapter 12: Linwood, 1955
Chapter 13: Who Am I? The Search for Self
Conclusion
Epilogue: Linwood Then and Now
Afterword, by James C. Harris, MD
Appendix A. A Brief Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Diagnostic Criteria, Research, and Treatment, by James C. Harris, MD
Appendix B. An Autism Resource Guide
Acknowledgments
Illustrations appear following page XXX

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Sabine Oishi, PhD

Sabine Oishi, PhD, was educated first as a teacher and then as a child psychologist at the University of Geneva. She earned her PhD in child development and family therapy from the University of Maryland. She has worked as a teacher, researcher, and therapist both in Switzerland and the United States. With Jeanne Simons, she was the coauthor of The Hidden Child.
Featured Contributor

James C. Harris, MD

James C. Harris, MD, is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he is the past director of the Johns Hopkins Division of Child and adolescent psychiatry and currently is Director the Johns Hopkins Developmental Neuropsychiatric Clinic. Dr Harris founded the Johns Hopkins Autism Clinic in the 1980's.
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