Foreword by Temple Grandin. Preface. Acknowledgements. The Castle. Chapter one: A slice of life. Chapter two: My early life. Chapter three: Sinking into the grip of Autism - Mother's recollections of my early life. Chapter four: The putnam period The Classroom. Chapter five: Nursery School Accomodating sensory sensitivities, outer and inner senses. Chapter six: The wonder and terror of school. Chapter seven: More wonder than terror in High School. Chapter eight: More wonder than terror in high school. Chapter nine: Heaven at last - in College. Dating. Meeting my future wife. About my husband. Movies and TV. Chapter ten: The world of work: from more conformity to less. Where do I fit in? Emotional aftermath. Dealing with emotions. Chapter eleven: Back to school: Master's and Doctorate degrees. The three modes of world. Chapter twelve: Revisiting the Castle. Cyberspace for people like me. The language and cognitive development center. Meeting Dr. Arnold Miller. Chapter thirteen: Challenging the walls. How the Autistic disorder is now classified. Autism compared with other disorders. The Autism spectrum. Putting my journey through the autism spectrum in context. Overcoming the wall. Chapter fourteen: Cleared for takeoff. Commencement. Presentations. Advocacy. Political involvement. What's next for me? A challenge to the autism spectrum community. Chapter fifteen: Epilogue and charge of responsibility. Appendix A: An interview with Daniel Rosenn, M.D. Appendix B: Getting ready for college. References.
Stephen Shore: Diagnosed with "atypical development with strong autistic tendencies" and nonverbal until age four, Stephen Shore was viewed as "too sick" to be treated on an outpatient basis. Stephen Shore is now completing his doctoral degree in special education at Boston University with a focus on helping people on the autism spectrum develop their capacities to the fullest extent possible.
Praise for the First Edition:'In Beyond the Wall Stephen Shore provides an unusually interesting, well-written and insightful autobiographical account of the life of a person with high-functioning autism/ Asperger Syndrome. This is a "user-friendly" book: Stephen is a courteous and well-informed tour guide, who makes our visit with him both enjoyable and informative. Highly recommended. '-- Bernard Rimland, Ph.D., director, Autism Research Institute.