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Autism Puzzle, The


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Grade Level: Coll-Adult
Producer: BBC
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 50 mins
Country of Origin: Great Britain
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2003
Available in French: No

40 years ago autism was a highly obscure disorder which was thought to affect only 2-4 children in every 10,000, but now some British teachers are claiming to see it in one in every 86 children. What's happened? Is there an epidemic of autism, and what's causing it? Or is it that awareness has grown and the definition of autism changed over the years since 1943 4when the term was first coined? This documentary looks at the history of the condition, and current research into causes, treatment and prevalence. It also includes interviews with some of the world's leading experts on autism and follows experimental research into autistic thinking using state-of-the-art MRI scanners.

Links: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/documentaries/features/autism.shtml