Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Harry Robe, Betsy Howton, Clinton Layne

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


The present research is a comprehensive look at the causes and treatment of autism. To date the research has not found the etiology of autism, even though many areas have been examined. The areas looked at are psychogenic, biochemical and neurobiological. Some of these areas seem promising and may in the future shed more light on why these persons present this particular cluster of problem behaviors.

Approaches to the treatment of autism have not yielded an all encompassing cure for autism. Therefore, the symptoms of autism were presented along with the current treatments that are most successful in dealing with those symptoms. Facilities that work with these people were visited and the approaches they use were presented.


Child Psychology | Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences