The Characteristics Of An Individual Living With Autism Essay

1273 Words Nov 17th, 2015 6 Pages
Do we as humans realize just how vulnerable we are? How about those with families that participate in school functions and leisure activities after school? Do they too realize how bless they are with that society considers them to be a “normal” family? But do families that may have an autistic family member realize just how lucky they are, they too have been blessed. A quote from Temple Gradin, an animal behavior expert and author of The Autistic Brain states, “I am different, not less.” To fully understand the effects of this disability, one must understand the characteristics of an individual living with autism. Autism, also known as, autism spectrum disorder comes from the Greek word auto, which means “self.” The term was first introduced in 1908 by Eugen Bleuler, a Swiss psychiatrist. Eugen Bleuler used the term “autism” to characterize certain schizophrenics who appeared to have their own style of thinking. This style of thinking was considered to be “autistic thinking,” where a person withdraws themselves from the outside world and into themselves (1).
It was not until 1943, that another psychiatrist used the word “autism.” Leo Kanner, an American child psychiatrist, while studying 11 children, discovered that these children showed difficulties in social interactions, difficulties in spontaneous activities and difficulty in adapting to changes in their routines. Kanner also found that these children had good memories and were sensitive to stimuli, and resistant to…

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