The First Dutch Boy with Autism – and the Nun Who Cared for Him

From the late 1930s until 1956, Sister Gaudia was the driving force behind the Paedological Institute in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Her pioneering work in the field of autism reseach is lesser known than that of Kanner and Asperger, but just as thorough and intriguing. In her 1968 dissertation, Sister Gaudia - who by then had left the congregation and was once again known as Ida Frye - primarily focussed on the case of an intelligent young boy: Siem.