Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders

Concepts and Diagnostic Issues
  • Michael Rutter
  • Eric Schopler
Part of the Current Issues in Autism book series (CIAM)

Abstract

Ten years ago, we presented a review of the growing body of research developing on the diagnosis, understanding, and treatment of autism (Rutter, 1978; Schopler, 1978). The definition of autism developed by the National Society for Autistic Children was published along with that review. Although informed by scientific research, the NSAC definition was developed to shape favorable social policy rather than scientific synthesis, and so some anticipated differences between the two definitions arose. Since that time research has continued to accelerate. While these past 7 years have brought new information, they have also generated some new confusion and disputes. This review presents our synthesis of the accumulated research and provides our best assessment of the evidence for resolving some of these disputes.1

Keywords

Developmental Disorder Autistic Child Child Psychiatry Infantile Spasm Childhood Autism Rate Scale 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Rutter
    • 1
  • Eric Schopler
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Institute of PsychiatryUniversity of LondonLondonEngland
  2. 2.Division TEACCHThe University of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA

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