Analysis Of Kanner 's Syndrome ( Low Functioning ) Essay

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Kanner’s syndrome (low-functioning) also known as classic autism or infantile autism is a term used to refer to autism as originally defined by Kanner (Boucher, 2009). Children diagnosed with Kanner Autism are at the lower functioning end of the Spectrum and may act totally isolated from the world. In his seminal paper ‘Autistic disturbances of affective contact”, Kanner, described some characteristics that children with low functioning autism have. Some of low functioning characteristics of autism are written below (Kanner, 1943).
1) “A profound lack of affective contact with other people.”
2) “An anxiously obsessive desire for the preservation of sameness.”
3) “A fascination for objects, which are handled with skill in fine motor movements”
4) “Muteness or a kind of language that does not seem intended to serve interpersonal communication.”
5) “The retention of an intelligent and pensive physiognomy and good cognitive potential manifested, in those who can speak, by feats of memory or, in the mute children, by their skillon performance tests, especially the Seguin form board.”
6) “High levels of visuospatial skills or rote memory but major learning difficulties in other areas.”

Other characteristics of Kanner’s syndrome (low-functioning autism) are the nervous grasping or squeezing of the hands as a sign of these feelings, incapability to control inappropriate behavior, avoidance of eye contact in odd ways, sensitivity to sound, smell, touch, visual stimulus and pain,…

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