In 1908, the Swiss psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler first used the word “Autism,” employing it to describe a set of unusual symptoms in his patients. Thirty-five years later in a 1943 medical paper, Leo Kanner, M.D., described and recorded 11 cases of highly intelligent, socially withdrawn children. In the course of Kanner’s work, Donald Triplett, a brilliant 10-year-old boy from Forest, Miss., was recorded as “Case 1”- the first-ever diagnosis of autism. While these moments in history mark an early stage in knowledge about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), our understanding of the disorder has grown tremendously over the years.
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