Autistic Spectrum Disorder
First of all, there are more than one autism disorders on the autistic spectrum, for example, there is Rett syndrome, Asperger’s Syndrome, Pervasive developmental disorder, and childhood degenerative disorder. Autism is a developmental disorder that appears in the first 3 years of life, and affects the brain's normal development of social and communication skills. It affects verbal, physical and mental abilities in children, stereotyped or repetitive behaviors and interests, and in some cases, cognitive delays, also these symptoms they are often confused with those who have Attention Deficit disorder.
It is claimed that Autism is genetic and/or hereditary, which is not entirely true, research shows that there is only a ninety percent difference between those who have autism and those who don’t have autism. The only cases that have been proven to be hereditary are amongst twins, identical twins to be exact, because there genetic make-up is almost and exact match, but there are differences. If one twin were to be autistic the other twin, like most children with autism, would have harder time developing one’s speech, have an inability to make friends, staying to one’s self, being more centered, repeated movements and attachment to objects instead of people.
Children with autism do not have the luxury of many choices of where to go to school growing up. They have to be placed in special preschools, elementary, middle and high schools, in order to continue their education. They need to teachers with four to five different accreditations to teach these children. I’m currently interning at one of these schools, Francis of Paola Preschool, doing and having first hand research and observation on children on different area of the spectrum. These children have to have more than one teacher, and have two or more aides in the room, plus one-on-one counseling. Those with severe autistic disorder, have to go through trials as they learn to...
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