Autism: There Is Hope
June 30, 2013
Elyse A. Berube, Ed. D.
Autism: There Is Hope
According to "Webmd" (2005-2013), as of 2012, 1 in 50 children between the ages of 6 and 17 has some form of autism, compared with 1 in 88 only 5 years earlier (para. 2). Although Autism is a difficult syndrome for parents to cope with, they can seek available resources to help them better understand Autism and how to handle it. Nobody ever dreams or hopes to have a child with Autism, so when that unexpected day arrives with the devastating news that no parent wants to receive, it can seem like there is nothing a parent can do and that they are utterly alone. This in fact is not true, once getting a firm understanding of what Autism is a parent can then research and focus on the resources available to them and then come to the realization that they are in fact not alone and that they are their own biggest resource. Autism is a disorder of brain function that can be identified with problems in physical touching, how the brain functions, language skills or lack of, and abnormal responses to environment (Blanchfield, Longe, & Turkington, 2002-2006, p. 419). Autism, which is also referred to as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a lifelong disorder that interferes with the ability to understand what is seen, heard, and touched. When referring to “spectrums” it means that ASD affects each individual in different ways, with more mild or more severe symptoms. The "Autism Speaks" (2013) website states that Autism Spectrum Disorders include autistic disorder, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger syndrome and states that these autism subtypes will be merged into one umbrella diagnosis of ASD. A child that is diagnosed with Autism has a long road ahead of them; they will have to learn how to interact and deal with other people, objects, and events along with...
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