A Case in Early Childhood
  • Sandra L. Harris
  • Jan S. Handleman


Infantile autism is a pervasively handicapping developmental disorder that begins in the child’s earliest months and often lasts a lifetime. According to the criteria of the American Psychiatric Association (1980), the essential diagnostic features for this disorder include onset before 30 months of age; a pervasive lack of response to others; gross deficits in language, with peculiar speech patterns in those youngsters who do speak; and bizarre responses to the environment, including resistance to change. These children do not exhibit the signs of thought disorder found in schizophrenia.


Autistic Child Home Programming Infantile Autism Attentive Skill Primary Curriculum 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sandra L. Harris
    • 1
  • Jan S. Handleman
    • 2
  1. 1.Graduate School of Applied and Professional PsychologyRutgers UniversityPiscatawayUSA
  2. 2.Douglass Developmental Disabilities CenterDouglass CollegeNew BrunswickUSA

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