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ATSV 603: Characteristics of Children with Autism Videos
Refrigerator Mothers [DVD] by
Call Number: Nevada Reserve - WM 203.5 R447 2006
Publication Date: 2006
From the 1950s through the early 1970s, the American medical establishment thought it had found the cause of autism: poor mothering. Doctors presumed that the bizarre behaviors of autistic children--rigid rituals, difficulty with speech, extreme self-isolation--stemmed from their mothers' emotional frigidity. Medicine now knows that autism is a brain disorder, not the result of poor parenting. But for a whole generation of women branded as cold "refrigerator mothers," the damage had already been done.