By Gerhard Bosch (auth.)
Professor Bosch's examine of childish autism is a Most worthy contribution to the slowly expanding physique of data approximately this baffling and such a lot serious psychiatrie ailment of early life. analyzing it within the unique German while it first seemed in 1962, i used to be enormously inspired by way of his deep sympathy for those unlucky teenagers and by way of his prepared perception into the overt manifestations of a habit which provides the observer with tantalizing riddles. Having spent approximately an entire life in unravelling the that means of the habit of autistic young ones, i used to be a lot taken by means of Professor Bosch's very various method of an identical challenge. His learn sheds extra mild into the darkness that reigns within the brain of the autistic baby. i'm extremely joyful that his vital contribution is now simply to be had additionally to American readers. every body who works with young children being affected by childish autism for any size of time and likewise experiences this ailment, turns into inspired through how a lot their lack of ability to narrate and to resporrd appro"prrately can educate us approximately human psychology mostly, and particularly how and why issues get it wrong in man's kinfolk to his fellow guy. throughout his booklet, Professor Bosch properly stresses that autistic habit is neither asymptom nor a syndrome, yet a special kind of breakdown in all inter own relations.
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We waited each time until he had reeled off all these questions and then replied briefly that he could perhaps go horne after two weeks. It turned out that he had no conception what two weeks meant, because he asked whether that was before or after his birthday (6 months later). But by evening he had dropped his questioning and stayed calmly with the other children; although he paid no attention to them, he did not appear disturbed by their presence, either. Despite our advice the parents nevertheless appeared every day at the clinic in the first week on some pretext or other and set the boy off asking again when he would be let out.
Before he entered school he was given an intelligence test because of his rather strange behaviour, but we could not obtain any objective information on this test. According to reports, he "failed hopelessly" because all he did was draw pictures of flashlights on all the test sheets, and when an attempt at conversation was made D 22 , with hirn, all he talked of was flashlights and grinding machines. This particular field of interest had taken over from his earlier fascination with watering-cans when he was about 5.
Birth on time wirh a very short expulsive stage. Weight 8 Ib 12 ounces. No respiratory trouble, drinking behaviour normal. At first his physical developmcnt was normal. As early as in his first year it was noticeable that the child, as mentioned above, was quiet and seIf-sufficient. He hardly ever cried, lay peacefully in his cot, and played with ribbons and threads. Then he began to make unusual rotating and wagging movements with his hands, often directly in front of his face. When he learnt to walk he tended to skip rhythmically, turning his hands with rapid pronatory and supina tory movements or flapping them in a SOrt of waving gesture.