Autism Spectrum Disorder And Autism

1590 Words May 1st, 2016 7 Pages
Autism Spectrum Disorder, more commonly known as Autism, is a prevalent developmental disorder that has grown to a major extent recently in the United States, UK, Japan and Europe as well (Landrigan 219). According to an article written in 2014 by Chris Bateman, 1 in every 50 children aged 6-17 in the United States are diagnosed with autism, compared to decades ago where it wasn’t nearly anywhere close to that (Bateman 1). As autism continues to grow, it is important that we learn about the different aspects, the classification, different therapies and the disorder itself so we understand how to interact better with people who have the disorder. Because Autism hasn’t always been around, the history of it is pretty short. The word autism itself has a mini history of it’s own. Autism derives from the Latin word, autismus, where a Swiss psychiatrist, Eugen Bleuler, used the word to describe early symptoms of schizophrenia in 1910. Autismus comes from a Greek word called “autos”. In the Greek language, autos means one’s self, which alludes to someone removing themselves from a social situation, and being isolated (Vatanoglu-Lutz 427). A removal of one’s self from social interactions and the desire to be alone are characteristics of autism, so it makes sense where the word originates from. Bleuler viewed the symptoms of autism as early signs of the disease schizophrenia, but Leo Kanner had different thoughts. Kanner, a psychiatrist and physician, had suspicions and clues as to…
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