Autism And The Many Aspects Of The Disease

716 Words Apr 29th, 2015 3 Pages
The Spectrum

Barry Blair

April 29, 2015

This paper is about Autism and the many aspects of the disease. I know a lot about this topic, my son was diagnosed with autism. It’s a disease that affects the whole family. There is no test for the disease. It’s a long process and there are many different aspects of autism. Luckily, my son is on the “high-end” of the spectrum. Being around him you might not notice that he has autism, until you spend some time with him then you realize something just isn’t quite right. It’s been a long difficult process getting him to the right doctors, and getting a diagnosis. It’s a complicated illness. Just what is Autism? Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. With the May 2013 publication of the DSM-5 diagnostic manual, (Autism Speaks, 2015)
There is no blood test to determine if you have this disease. There is no “cure”. It affects the whole family not just the individual. It’s a life long illness that has physical symptoms as well as mental.
When you think of autism what picture do you see, the child that is out of control, screaming and hitting his head, or do you see Dustin Hoffman in Rain man, a highly intelligent individual that is extremely awkward. Both are correct. Autism has a wide spectrum.…
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