Honors English 12
April 26th 2013
Autism is a complex disorder of the brains development which can cause problems in an individual’s abilities to function normally in society (webmd). Autism generally is seen in males rather than females. It is known as the fastest growing developmental disorder today (autismspeaks). There are many signs and symptoms that people with autism have to cope with. There are also different types of autisms, such as Aspergers syndrome, Rett Syndrome and Pervasive developmental disorder (PDD). There are few speculations for the cause of this growing disorder.
Autism has a wide variety of symptoms such as: a lacking in social skill, gazing at faces, turn toward voices, and as infants smile by the age of 2 to 3 months (autismspeaks). Repetitive behaviors are also common in an autistic child. Children with this disorder generally do not know right from wrong, so it is common to see a repeat in misbehaviors. As an infant it is possible to see signs of your child developing autism. If an infant doesn’t give back and forth gestures such as pointing or babbling by the age of 12 months then that should be a red flag that your child has developed autism (autismspeaks). Children with autism have a hard time focusing on something, such as eye contact. Autistic children are more likely to line up their pencils before they can pay attention. (childdevelopmentinfo). It is not uncommon for an autistic child to not respond to their own name.
Autism is not categorized as one disease but many different mental disabilities, which cause people to have repetitive behaviors, trouble communicating and little to no social interactions. One of the more common of the autistic disorders is Aspergers syndrome. This disorder is one of the highest functioning of the disorders. Unlike other autisms disorders, Aspergers syndrome is more commonly diagnosed in young adults. Aspergers is not a disorder which the spoken language is... [continues]
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