Hey, Guys and Girls I’m back with a brand new series. History Of Autism. I started this last year but I kind of got lost in the research so I am starting over. So Here We Go Again.
I want to give a brief overview of how autism has changed today before I go into the historic details.
Autism has been around for 100 years and stems from the greek word autos meaning self. The term describes how people are isolated from social interactions. First used in 1911 to describe one group of schizophrenia symptoms. 30 years on the United States used the term to describe children with socioemotional problems. At least, I think that’s how you say it if I’m wrong someone correct me, please. Dr. Leo Kanner used it to describe the withdrawn behavior he noticed in his studies. At the same time that Dr. Leo Kanner was studying, Hans Asperger, a german scientist identified similar traits to autism but noticed a few differences and these differences are what has now become known as Asperger Syndrome.
1960-1970’s research into autism treatments focused on medication such as LSD and electroshock treatments, which were basically forms of torture. I don’t know if many of you have ever used a TENS machine at full whack, imagine that but probably 100 times worse than its highest setting. OUCH
In the early 1980s and 1990s, Behavioral therapy and controlled learning environments emerged as the most common methods of treatment. These common forms are what we now would consider the cornerstones of autism therapy.
Now you know an overview of the history, I will go back in another post probably tomorrow as I am uploading these a day ahead of each other and talk about the work behind, i.e. Dr. Leo Kanner’s research, Hans Asperger, Bruno Bettleheim then after I will look into how the symptoms have changed over the years what the different types are and how they have developed over the years, causes treatments I have at least a week’s worth of blogging to do dedicated to all this autism history and trust me its gonna be an interesting one.
Stay Tuned. Joag xx