A New History of Autism

While awareness of Autism and its broad spectrum has increased in the past decade, the road to understanding this diagnosis has been long and bumpy for clinicians and most importantly those directly impacted.  There is now a general consensus that autism is rooted in neurological and chemical processes in addition to a possible genetic component. In this New Yorker article, Steven Shapin provides a history of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) from it's highly controversial causes to the development of ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) therapy.  Ultimately, Shapin challenges the reader to think beyond the "spectrum" labels, pathology, and disability.