A History of Autism: Conversations with the Pioneers / Edition 1

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Overview

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Meticulously researched, the book draws on evidence from previously unpublished documents, as well as the latest findings and case studies.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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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Eden B Lesser, MA (Abbott Laboratories)
Description: This book details the historical background for the study of autism. The author presents the early work of the two great pioneers in the field, Dr. Leo Kanner and Dr. Hans Asperger, and continues with interviews with many of the leading professionals working in autism research today.
Purpose: The author provides a practical description of what autism looks like and how the condition has been diagnosed in the past and present. This book is a solid resource for both clinical and nonclinical readers.
Audience: The audience best served by this book includes psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, parents, and anyone else interested in autism.
Features: The book is unique in the way it takes readers on a journey through autism's history and current research. Specifically, the author discusses the pioneering work that Dr. Kanner and Dr. Asperger began decades before the DSM would identify autism as a disorder of its own. The author then interviews some of the pioneers in autism research today, such as Simon Baron-Cohen and Tony Attwood. Readers will especially appreciate the historical thinking about the disorder, compared to what is known about the disorder today.
Assessment: This is a much needed book on the history of autism. What sets this book apart from the others is the description of the hypotheses about the disorder back when Dr. Kanner and Dr. Asperger were first writing about their unique discoveries. It provides readers with a much needed understanding of the disorder from the past as well as the present.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Eden B Lesser, MA (Abbott Laboratories)
Description: This book details the historical background for the study of autism. The author presents the early work of the two great pioneers in the field, Dr. Leo Kanner and Dr. Hans Asperger, and continues with interviews with many of the leading professionals working in autism research today.
Purpose: The author provides a practical description of what autism looks like and how the condition has been diagnosed in the past and present. This book is a solid resource for both clinical and nonclinical readers.
Audience: The audience best served by this book includes psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, parents, and anyone else interested in autism.
Features: The book is unique in the way it takes readers on a journey through autism's history and current research. Specifically, the author discusses the pioneering work that Dr. Kanner and Dr. Asperger began decades before the DSM would identify autism as a disorder of its own. The author then interviews some of the pioneers in autism research today, such as Simon Baron-Cohen and Tony Attwood. Readers will especially appreciate the historical thinking about the disorder, compared to what is known about the disorder today.
Assessment: This is a much needed book on the history of autism. What sets this book apart from the others is the description of the hypotheses about the disorder back when Dr. Kanner and Dr. Asperger were first writing about their unique discoveries. It provides readers with a much needed understanding of the disorder from the past as well as the present.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405186544
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/21/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Adam Feinstein is the editor of two autism-related websites, AutismConnect (www.autismconnect.org.uk) and Awares (www.awares.org), both run by Autism Cymru, Wales?s national charity for autism. He also runs the acclaimed annual Awares international online autism conference. He writes extensively on autism for a range of publications, including The Guardian, broadcasts for the BBC, and gives talks at conferences around the world. He is the founder and editor of Looking Up, the monthly international autism newsletter (www.lookingupautism.org), and has contributed to the UK Medical Research Council?s Autism Review. His much praised biography of the Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda: A Passion for Life, was published in 2004. He has a son with autism.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword 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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