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Many years ago I watched a young boy rock back and forth as he worked a crossword puzzle I tried to distract him from working the puzzle to ride bikes with me I continuously asked him to play with me but he kept staring at the puzzle while I attempted to look in his eyes He took the puzzle apart and flipped the pieces in the air one at a time He did not speak but he made crying noises The more I asked questions or talked to him the louder his cries became As his frustration grew he balled his fists up punched his eyes and kicked his feet I was curious about his activity I was later told the boy my brother was autistic says Tamara Robinson in an interview Autism is a syndrome of childhood characterized by a lack of social relationship a lack of communication abilities persistent compulsive rituals and resistance to change Paluszny 1 For centuries medical professionals have tried to understand autism and its origin The above example shows only a few examples of autistic behavior The history of autism extends as far back as the late sixteenth century however during that time it was not identified as this illness Here is a statement from before the discovery of the illness In 1799 a boy about eleven years of age was found naked in the woods of Averyron France He was dirty covered with sores mute and behaved like A wild animal Jean Itard the physician of the new institution for deaf-mutes Was given charge of the abandoned child From Itards description Victor Showed many features of autismhe did not look at people and never Played with the toys but showed remarkable memory in recalling the position Of objects in his room and resisted any change of these objects Paluszny 2 In attempt to educate Victor Itard used a glass of water as a form of encouragement but
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