|Hans Asperger, Leo Kanner psychiatry|
- Hans Asperger used the terms autistic psychopathy
- to describe children who were socially isolated, physically clumsy,
- and lacked nonverbal communication skills and empathy toward others.
- Leo Kanner used the terms early infantile autism
- to describe intelligent children who fiercely wanted to be alone
- and had “an obsessive insistence on persistent sameness.”
- A range of abnormal behavioral symptoms, from mild to severe,
- affect people who may not have autism but have autistic-like traits
- to people who are unable to cope in our crowded and disorderly world.
Concern for others
- Dr. Leo Kanner, the father of child psychiatry,
- had concern for mentally ill people
- who were taken into homes as servants,
- and for the wellbeing of mentally disabled children.
- He and his wife helped many Jewish physicians
- who were threatened by the Nazis
- to get jobs in the United States.
Disorder or difference
- Is it early-onset Alzheimer’s,
- or am I merely forgetful, as usual?
- My joints are creaky in the morning;
- am I getting arthritis?
- Sometimes I want only to be alone.
- Later I think what I wish I had told people.
- Why is everything always changing?
- The range of normality is wide
- but it could be wider.
- Differences between individuals often exceed
- differences between groups.