Introduction

Can an Adolescent or Adult Have Autism?
  • Eric Schopler
Part of the Current Issues in Autism book series (CIAM)

Abstract

When that question was asked one or two decades ago, most people familiar with the term “autism” would have said “Certainly not.” They had heard of Leo Kanner’s work (Kanner, 1943). He had used the term “infantile autism.” It meant a psychiatric disorder of early childhood involving severe disturbances of human relationships, speech, communication, and cognitive functions. It also involved all kinds of behavior problems, including repetitive behaviors and resistance to their change.

Keywords

Autistic Child Tuberous Sclerosis Rubella Virus Infantile Autism Childhood Schizophrenia 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric Schopler
    • 1
  1. 1.Division TEACCH, School of Medicine, Department of PsychiatryUniversity of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA

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