Fairytales tell of autistic children
Leask says several stories describe children believed to have been stolen byfairies who then left behind a strange, sickly, "changeling" child."The description of changelings is very similar to those given to autistic children," she says. "Changelings were described as unresponsive, resistant to affection, did not express emotion, cried a lot or did not speak."
February 25, 2005
Autism in the olden days
Interesting article on the ABC News web site about autistic children described in old stories.