Early National Education Period

Suzann Cicconi
English 1010
Expository- Final Draft
October 24, 2010
                                                        Autism, what is it?
      Social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior are a neurodevelopment disorder, characterized with Autism Spectrum disorder (ASD). There are many developmental levels of autism, but they all have the same basic disorder. They can range from mild to severe. There are five different types of autism: Autistic disorder, pervasive development disorder or PDD, childhood disintegrative disorder, Rett syndrome rare, but it can be severe, and Asperger syndrome, (this disorder shows many of the same signs of autistic disorder).All of these types of autism, and communication. History and the many cause of autism are of interest to researchers.
      Autism has existed for 100 years. It came from the Greek word “autos,” meaning “self.” It is described as a person who is removed from social interaction hence, an isolated self. Since 1900, autism has been a wide variety of psychological conditions. In the 1940s, the researchers began using “autism” to describe children that had emotional or social problems. Hans Asperger, a scientist in Germany, identified conditions which now is called Asperger syndrome. In the 1960s all the way up to the 1970s, treatment for autism was focused on medications such as LSD, electric shock, and behavior techniques. In 1943,   Johns Hopkins University psychiatrist Leo Kanner worked with self-absorbed children with severe social, communication, and behavioral problems Kanner also suggested that social difficulties for the children were an inability of the children to have an emotional attachment with their parents weather such children have their fate decided for them to become autistic or only predisposed in an environmental factor. Autism affects six to eight out of every 1,000 children. It is defined with emotional and social...