08 February 2019

8th February 1927 - Eric Schopler was born


On 8th February 1927 Eric Schopler was born. He, and his family, fled Nazi Germany and went to the US. He became an influential figure in the area of autism research.

Schopler spent his life working to determine the precise nature of autism and the most effective ways to treat it. His doctoral research on the sensory preferences of children with autism was among the first experimental studies that helped redefine the condition as a developmental disability, rather than being caused by poor parenting.

His subsequent research into educational treatments for autism, and his use of the parents of autistic children as co-therapists in this treatment, led to Schopler co-founding TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children), a program that provides training and services geared to helping autistic children and their families cope with the condition.

Schopler wrote more than 200 books and articles on autism and related disorders.

More about Eric Schopler on wikipedia

Thankyou to On This Day in Psychology by David Webb (an Ebook from Amazon) for the date.

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