A History of Autism casts fresh light on the way in which this disorder is, and has been, perceived and treated.
Meticulously researched, the book draws on evidence from previously unpublished documents, as well as the latest findings and case studies. In addition, interviews with parents of autistic children confirm the essential contribution they have made to a more profound understanding of this enigmatic condition.
Foreword by Dame Stephanie Shirley xv
1 The Two Great Pioneers 9
2 The 1950s: The Seeds of Understanding 37
3 Blaming the Parents 54
4 The 1960s: The Parents Fight Back 76
5 The Two Teaching Pioneers 117
6 The 1970s: Major Steps Forward 139
7 Definition, Diagnosis, and Assessment: The History of the Tool 165
8 The 1980s and 1990s: Theories and Concepts 203
9 Autism in the Developing Nations 233
10 Where the Future Lies 265