Life-Span Development Portfolio Bianca N. Estrada PSYCH 500/Life-Span Development November 22, 2010 Dr. Vong Rathsachack
In the attempt to rationalize the differences in human behaviors, research has offered insights that help guide in the quest for understanding. There are a multitude of factors that impact individuals of all ages throughout the course of life. Individual differences in lifestyle, environment and genetics all influence individual perspectives, perceptions, behaviors, and developmental aspects.
Throughout life we experience life issues that we must all handle in different ways. In the following you will learn about different children and adults who have experienced life development issues that have to deal with DSM IV diagnoses, step-families, retirement, and the loss of a loved one.
Biological and Physiological Development and Autism Autism is a “lifelong, neurobiological condition that significantly affects how a person perceives the world, interacts with other people and communication” (What is Autism, 2003). Autism is said to cause significant impairments in areas including, but not limited to language and cognitive development, communication processes, social interaction, sensory processing, nutrition, agility and psychological well-being. Research has revealed that while the cause of Autism is unclear it is estimated that more that 90% of the cause is due to genetics, (Klauck, 2006) “no known psychological factors in the development of the child have been shown to cause autism” (What is Autism, 2003).
Joe is a ten year old boy who was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome which is an Autism Spectrum Disorder. The interview was performed in the familiar setting of Joe’s home in the presence of his mother. In the attempt
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