Note: Denial How Refusing to Face the Facts about Our Autism Epidemic Hurts Children, Families, and Our Future is now available from Skyhorse Publishing. No matter your position on causation, the fact that the rate of autism continues to climb should be as least as alarming as global warming and which Tweet sent from 1600 PA Ave ticked off whom....
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Where were they?
From his child psychiatry practice in Holland, D. Arn Van Krevelen watched. And waited. He had been on the lookout now for almost a decade.
The year was 1952. In his career, Van Krevelen had seen just about every variety of mental disorder. He diagnosed teenagers developing the first signs of schizophrenia; he saw brain damage from injury and illness; he witnessed the sudden psychic disintegration of children known as dementia infantilis. Now he was watching for something different—“markedly and uniquely different from anything reported so far,” as the first child psychiatrist to observe it wrote in 1943.
These children shared “fascinating peculiarities”—unusual use of language, or none at all; rituals centered on objects and obsessions; lack of emotional connection with parents or any other human beings. They should be easy to spot: they were, after all, unique. Yet Van Krevelen was starting to doubt their existence...
Where were they? Where were the children with autism?[i]
[i] Arn Van Krevelen, personal communication, January 7, 1963, in Bernard Rimland, Infantile Autism: The Syndrome and Its Implications for a Neural Theory of Behavior (Englewood Cliffs, N. J.: Prentice Hall, 1964).