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O. Ivar Lovaas

Ole Ivar Lovaas was born on May 8, 1927, in Lier, Norway. He became interested in behavioral therapy as a result of his childhood experiences in Norway during World War II. He hoped that the destruction and cruelty displayed during the war were a result of the environment and not genetics. This eventually led to his research into behavioral treatment of autism.

Lovaas began his secondary education at Drammen Latinskole in Drammen, Norway. He completed the Examen Artium, the final examinations of upper secondary school in Norway, in 1947. He continued his education in the United States. In 1951, he received a bachelor of arts degree in social studies from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. By 1958, he had received both his master's and ...

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