ERIC Number: ED233560
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
A Conversation with James E. Gilliam on Autism.
Gilliam, James E.; Smith, Burt Kruger
James E. Gilliam is the author of a book entitled "Autism," published in 1981 by Charles C. Thomas Company. This brochure records an interview with Mr. Gilliam conducted by Burt Smith and later converted to narrative form for publication by Charlene Warren. Adapted from a series of radio broadcasts entitled "The Human Condition," the brochure is primarily concerned with the developmental characteristics and family relationships of the autistic child. Section 1 provides a description of the varying degrees and manifestations of autism, including a look at specific behaviors and degrees of intelligence exhibited by autistic children. Section 2 addresses the lack of professional agreement and firm data concerning the etiology of this disorder. Section 3 discusses the interrelationships occurring in the family of autistic children and stresses the importance of family support and acceptance to the autistic child's well-being. Section 4 presents long range considerations such as attending public schools, organizing support groups for families with autistic children, and the consistent treatment necessary for the autistic child. Section 5 recommends a firm approach with strong reinforcement for correct responses as an effective technique for the management of autistic children. The final section discusses services available to autistic children and their parents, with special reference made to the National Society for Autistic Children as an excellent source of information. (LH)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Autism, Behavior Problems, Coping, Developmental Disabilities, Etiology, Family Influence, Interpersonal Relationship, Mainstreaming, Normalization (Handicapped), Parent Influence, Social Services, Social Support Groups
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, Box 7998, Austin, TX 78712 ($0.12 ea.; 100 copies, $0.10 ea.).
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Parents
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.