Informative: Brain and Autism Science Foundation

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Rachel Jernigan
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Thesis statement: Imagine your life without social, speech or communication skills and having to live with a day-to-day struggle that seem to be such an easy small part of our everyday lives.

Introduction: Imagine not being able to understand communication signals, such as not being able to recognize whether someone is being sarcastic, serious, mean, funny, kind, or rude. What if you couldn’t tell that your classmates were making fun of you right before your eyes? According to the Autism Science Foundation, this situation is affecting 1 in 88 children. It’s also more common in boys, with a ratio of 1 to 50. This disorder is called autism.

According to the National Library of Medicine, autism is defined as a developmental disorder that appears in the first 3 years of life, and affects the brain's normal development of social and communication skills.

You’re probably wondering why I’m so interested in this disorder. Autism doesn’t only affect the child, but it also affects the entire family. I’ve experienced this personally by from my 10-year-old nephew, who I have watched grow up and I’ve seen how it has effected his life.

This is why I want to inform you of the symptoms and causes of autism. Most of us will be having children in the future, so I think it’s good to be educated in such a common disorder.

Body: According to Mayo Clinic, children with autism have problems in developing social skills, language, and behavior. They don’t respond to their own name, they appear to not hear you at times; they don’t like affection, and prefer to play alone. Usually the child doesn’t speak, but when spoken to, they use an abnormal rhythm. Their behavior symptoms include performing repetitive movements (such as rocking), they are fascinated by details of an object, such as the wheels on a car, but not understand the big idea of the toy car. A child with autism may ignore objects or become...
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