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preautistic

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EtymologyEdit

pre- +‎ autistic

AdjectiveEdit

preautistic (not comparable)

  1. Before the onset of autism.
    • 1989, Johnny L. Matson, Chronic schizophrenia and adult autism
      Bettelheim's (1967) theory of autism proposes that for several possible reasons (e.g., pain or discomfort, misperception) the preautistic child perceives that his mother has rejected him/her and begins to withdraw from him/her []