The puzzle of pervasive developmental disorder

14.01.2013                      03.Schwat. 5773

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The puzzle of pervasive developmental disorder

Jerusalem’s Tishma schools are among the first in Israel to use a proven therapy known as applied behavior analysis to treat autism.

A handful of five-year-olds sit in a half circle facing their kindergarten teacher, who activates a green puppet she wears on her hand. They look at her intently and are absolutely quiet. Just a few months ago, at the beginning of the school year, many of the children screamed because they were so terrified of sitting so close to other children – who suffer from autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and some of them will never speak….