A Young Service User With An Autistic Spectrum Disorder ( Asd )

2060 Words Jan 13th, 2015 9 Pages
This case study discusses how the specific and additional needs of a young service user with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) were met; whilst visiting the imaging department for an X-ray of their lower limb.
Throughout, to adhere to confidentiality guidelines; as set out within the Society of Radiographers’ (SoR) standards of professional conduct and in order to comply with the Data Protection Act (1998), the service user will here-on be referred to under the pseudonym ‘Smith’.
ASD is rather an umbrella terminology, used to describe varying behaviours, which affect the way some groups of people process and act in response to their surrounding stimuli (FP; 2012). As a ‘spectrum’ of disorders, this includes autism, Asperger’s syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder (NIH; 2014). While ASD itself does not present with visual characteristics, it is frequent that those with the disorder are also inflicted with other conditions relating to their mental health, which may present physical aesthetic differences.
Based upon studies by Baird G. et al 2006, Brugha et al 2009 and Brugha et al 2012, statistics showed that 1.1% of the UK population may have ASD; which equates to roughly 695,000 individuals (NAS; 2014).
The exact cause and cure of ASD is still unknown. However, it is believed to be brought about through several complex genetic and environmental relationships. This relationship may be broken down into ‘Risk Factors’. There have been many potential risk factors…

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