Diagnosis and Treatment of Autism by Christopher Gillberg (auth.), Christopher Gillberg (eds.)

By Christopher Gillberg (auth.), Christopher Gillberg (eds.)

In 1987, The Swedish clinical examine Council's team for overview of scientific expertise approached me with reference to organizing a convention on Autism - analysis and therapy. the unique inspiration for this convention had come from a Stockholm baby-kisser, Leni Bjorklund, who had felt that, at the very least in Sweden, autism seemed to be a space during which conflicting perspectives on etiology and therapy had resulted in childrens and oldsters no longer regularly receiving sufficient aid. Professors Agne Larsson, MD, Tore Schersten, MD and Bjorn Smedby, MD particularly confirmed a willing curiosity and it used to be determined to carry a State-of-the-Art-Conference on autism in Gothenburg. The State-of-the-Art-Conference on Autism -Diagnosis and therapy used to be held in Gothenburg may possibly eight -10, 1989. A panel of foreign specialists used to be chosen due to striking study or medical job within the box and with a purpose to signify a wide selection and theoretical ways starting from epidemiology, neurobiology and cognitive psychology to psychiatry, neurology, schooling, behavioural therapy and psychoanalysis. a gaggle observers thinking about the sector of autism was once selected for you to disguise Sweden in a consultant model. This team consisted of directors, baby psychiatrists, psychologists, social staff, pediatricians, nurses and teachers.

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However, astonishingly, already by age 5, they have explicit theories of a (naive) psychology. They think and talk about state of mind, and show great propensity to explain behaviour in terms of underlying intentions. The precocious preference for psychologizing is amply documented in a recent review by Miller and Aloise (1989). As adults too we like to explain what other people do, what animals do, and even what machines do in terms of psychological motives. We fmd ourselves shouting at stupid computers and accuse machines of being "against us".

Alan Leslie's interest in autism was captured by the regular discussions in our Unit seminars that were led by John Morton. Here the topic of autism was considered from many different viewpoints, the cognitive, the neuropsychological, the developmental and the linguistic. Now, what really caught Alan Leslie's imagination was the constellation of some typical but hitherto not especially prominent features of autism: the lack of pretend play, the lack of irony and the lack of deception. It was exactly these sorts of abilities that he had wished to link together in normal development.

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