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Much turmoil surrounds the devastating phenomenon of autism. Theories about its causes and analyses of its symptoms vary so widely that the contradictions seem irreconcilable. In The Riddle of Autism, Dr. George Victor provides an integrating perspective that is needed by researchers, clinicians, teachers, and others who work with autistic children. Divided into three sections - 'The Mystery,' 'The Unfolding of a Pattern,' 'Pieces of the Puzzle' - Dr. Victor examines the myths that cloud an understanding of this disorder, explores developmental contributions to it, as well as describes and probes the meanings of its specific behavioral symptoms.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568215730
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 7/7/1977
  • Series: Master Work Series
  • Edition description: 1st softcover ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I The Mystery 11
Ch. 1 The Child of God: Forerunners, Mysteries, Controversies, and Myths 13
Ch. 2 The Autistic Child: Symptoms, Diagnosis, Definition, and Data Biases 25
Ch. 3 A Retarded Genius: A Case and Interpretation 43
Ch. 4 The Special Child: More Cases and a General Interpretation 53
Pt. II The Unfolding of a Pattern 65
Ch. 5 Coming of the Child: Prenatal Influences 67
Ch. 6 The Beginning: Mother-Infant Interaction 77
Ch. 7 The Relationship: Attachment in Normal and Autistic Development 97
Ch. 8 The Strained Relationship: Separation, Reunion, and Estrangement 113
Ch. 9 Stresses in Learning: Reinforcement Patterns and Autism 137
Ch. 10 The Impossible Task: Difficult and Shifting Cues and Forced Responding 151
Ch. 11 Adaptations: Cues, Rituals, and Roles; Retarded and Schizophrenic Patterns 165
Pt. III Pieces of the Puzzle 185
Ch. 12 The Superstitious Child: Ritual and Other Compulsive Behavior 187
Ch. 13 The Child behind the Wall: Isolation and Unresponsiveness 195
Ch. 14 The Inscrutable Child: Communication 205
Ch. 15 Additional Pieces: Eating, Sleeping, Sensory Anomalies, Self-Stimulation, Sexuality, Seizures 223
Ch. 16 Retrospect and Prospect 241
Endnotes 249
Bibliography 277
Index of Names 323
Index of Subjects 334
About the Author 336
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