The End of Autism as a ‘Severe Disorder’

Starting the early 1900’s and lasting well into the 1970’s autism was seen to be a small subset of childhood schizophrenia. Clinicians blamed the onset of autism on cold and emotionless ‘refrigerator mothers’. Later the psychological milieu changed and autism began to be seen as a biological disorder of the brain and the less pervasive Aspberger’s …

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