A History of Autism. Conversations with the Pioneers

  • ID: 2245923
  • Book
  • 398 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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This book explores the history of autism from the first descriptions of autistic–type behavior to the present day. Through unprecedented interviews with many of the earliest pioneers in the field, and leading professionals working today across the world?including China, India, Russia and Latin America?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Meticulously researched, the book draws on evidence from previously unpublished documents, as well as the latest findings and case studies.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.

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Acknowledgments ix

Foreword by Dame Stephanie Shirley xv

Introduction 1

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

Notes 298

Bibliography 339

Index 367

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