|The movie Rain Man brought to the public's attention a psychological disorder called the autistic savant. This used to be called (as in your packet) the idiot savant. The basis of this disorder lies in autism, a disorder that becomes apparent early in childhood, typically by the age of three.
Autism is characterized by repetitive, restricted or stereotyped patterns of behavior, activities and interests. There can be a preoccupation with one type of pattern of interest and a restriction in another. The DSM-IV describes impairment in several areas. In social interaction, the individual has impairment in nonverbal communication such as eye-to-eye gazes, failure in developing peer relationships, a lack of sharing enjoyment in life with others, and a lack of social reciprocity. In communication, there is a delay in or lack of spoken language, impairment in initiating or sustaining conversations, and repetitive language. In terms of patterns of behavior, the autistic has an abnormal preoccupation in one or more restricted patterns of interest, adheres rigidly to routines or rituals, and has repetitive motor mannerisms such as finger tapping or twisting. Our first story, Johnny Bear, deals with an individual who would be diagnosed as an atypical autistic.
Our second story, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge, deals with a symptom of schizophrenia. This is called ideas of reference, of the idea that everything insignificant thing the individual notices in the world around them somehow pertains to them.
|Our first story deals with atypical autism. The criteria for impairments in social interaction, communication and patterns of behavior from the DSM-IV for autism are described above in paragraph two. For atypical autism, the DSM-IV explains the following criteria:
OPTIONAL: Listen to a case study that involves paranoid schizophrenia and notice, in particular, the delusions or false beliefs the individual possesses. Read through all the following instructions before proceeding to the taped case study.
We proceed on to our first reading passage.
Our second story deals with ideas of reference. The following are symptoms for ideas of reference:
There is no audio case study on ideas of reference.
We proceed on to our second reading passage:
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