The 'Refrigerator Mother Theory' was a concept in the 1950s that proposed autism was caused by a lack of maternal warmth. This concept was debunked by the 1960s and 1970s but how far have we really come from this idea?
Read Leo Kanner's "Autistic Disturbances of Autistic Contact" (the original observations of autism in children) here: http://simonsfoundation.s3.amazonaws.com/share/071207-leo-kanner-autistic-affective-contact.pdf
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