Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Exploring the Spectrum, Part One: The History of Autism

For my final project in class, I am doing a series of posts about the different forms of autism.

Autism has been around since what seems like the start of time.  Many old cases of mental patients before it was a classification show autistic symptoms, such as Victor of Aveyron, a wild boy found in France.  Even when the diagnosis came into being, most psychologists didn't know how to treat it and tried treatments we now see as cruel and inhumane.  Autism research has come a long way in identifying and helping those with the disorder.

For easier reference, I've created a short timeline about the modern history of autism.  Click any marker to be directed to a larger version of the timeline with more information on each subject.

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