Literally meaning: =selfishness
Origin: Anc Greek
+ -ismos (suffix of action)
Coined: In 1912 by Swiss psychiatrist Paul Bleuler (1857-1939) concerning two autistic psychopaths. American psychiatrist Leo Kanner(1896-1981) and Austrian pediatrician Hans Asperger (1906-1980) used the term in its modern sense in English
Autism is a developmental disability that affects the way in which people understand and react to the world around them such as a lack of understanding and awareness of other people's emotions and feelings. Autism is often referred to as a "spectrum disorder," meaning that the symptoms of autism can present themselves in a variety of combinations, ranging from mild to quite severe.
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comments and refferences: Asperger syndrome is a type of autism