This is a great educational article on autism, especially a great look at the history behind autism and where we are today. Thank you Ninhydren!
Autism is a hard issue to write about. There is so much information out there, and Autism, being a spectrum, has a wide variety of needs. The Autism Spectrum can go from high functioning, all the way down to an introvert that seems to live in their own world and has no interest in “joining the rest of us” in reality. I also find it hard to talk about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) without talking about other people with special needs.
Autism comes from the Greek work autos which mean “self”. So it makes sense to use if for a disorder that is most commonly known for a group of people so withdrawn that they seem to be totally, emotionally, cut of from anyone else. Autism was first used to describe a symptom of schizophrenia, a link some researchers still hung on to until the 1960’s. It wasn’t until the…
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