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February 1967

Some Approaches to Teaching Autistic Children: A Collection of Papers.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1967;16(2):256-257. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1967.01730200124024

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This volume is a little collection of short papers by teachers who work with severely disturbed children and their parents. The collection was compiled by the Society for Autistic Children "to satisfy the demand by teachers, parents and other interested people for information giving guidance on the education and handling of the autistic child." The title is somewhat misleading, as the "approaches" deal with all kinds of severely disturbed children. No distinction is made between psychotic and autistic.

This collection is a kind of cookbook presentation: each contributor gives his recipe for teaching the psychotic child. I found the chapter by G. D. Clark intriguing, especially the techniques in the "body-learning" stage, but I wished that the author had spelled out more of his thinking as to the role this stage plays in the child's learning and in the development of the author's techniques. In

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