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France’s autism problem – and its roots in psychoanalysis

France has a problem with autism.

The country’s highest administrative court estimates that there are 700,000 autistic people in France.

  • Richard Bates
  • The Conversation

However, only 75,000 are diagnosed.

Autistic children have historically been diagnosed later in France than in neighbouring countries.

Bayt 1aThey have often been excluded from mainstream education and lacked access to support services and extracurricular activities.

Many French autists are confined to day hospitals and live-in institutions, isolated from the community and frequently unable to communicate through speech – whereas in the US, for example, public schools are required by law to fully include autistic children in mainstream…

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