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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 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.

About the Authors

Jeanne Simons, LCSW, ACSW (1910–2005), earned her degree in clinical social work from Boston College. In 1955, she founded the Linwood Children's Center for children with autism in Ellicott City, MD. There, she pioneered a highly successful treatment approach, which she described in the book The Hidden Child: The Linwood Method for Reaching the Autistic Child. 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. 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.

Endorsements

"An outstanding book."

- Céline Plachez, Hussman Institute for Autism

"This autobiographical gem tells the life story of Jeanne Simons, a pioneering and uniquely talented healer of children. In mid-life, pondering how her therapeutic gift had come to be, Simons realized that she was fundamentally like her patients: she could help them survive in a world that they seemed unable to tolerate because she herself had found a way to exist and find meaning in the 'neurotypical' world as an autistic person. Her life commitment to help children survive and thrive in the face of adversity is an inspirational story in its own right, rendered even more compelling by her simple, matter-of-fact writing voice. Simons's memoir stands beautifully by itself and can be experienced as an illuminating work of the spirit. For readers unfamiliar with the medical and social history of ASD diagnosis and treatment, as well as student therapists and doctors in training, Oishi and Harris's informative commentaries and appendices place the life and times of Jeanne Simons and her founding of the Linwood Treatment Center in a broader context."

- Carl B. Feinstein, MD, University of California, Riverside School of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University Press
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