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Autism Essay

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Garrett Green
Mr. Van Boening
English 12 Block 8
6 October 2014
Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autistic children experience the world a lot more differently than others. For example, children with autism are not capable of using words, and have a hard time communicating in general by any means. Specific sounds, like loud crashes and yelling, would bother an autistic child that wouldn’t normally bother a child that wasn’t autistic. We need to learn more about autism so we can handle it, as it is the fastest growing developmental disease in the United States.

Autism affects 1 in 150 children in the United States alone, as well as children all over the world. The rate at which the disease is growing is the fastest ever recorded. Rising at a
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population every minute. Autism can also cause Tuberous Sclerosis; a disease that causes non-cancerous tumors to grow in the brain and other organs. One to four percent of children with autism have this disease, which is approximately anywhere from 31,903 to 127,612 children. Autism really is the fastest growing disease due to the increasing population numbers and the children that already have the disease. (“Facts & Statistics”, par. 2,4,5,6)

Early diagnosis and treatment helps young children with autism develop to their full potential. The primary goal of treatment is to improve the overall ability of the child to function.
Symptoms and behaviors of autism can combine in many ways and vary in severity. Also, individual symptoms and behaviors often change over time. For these reasons, treatment strategies fit to individual needs and family resources. But children in general with autism respond best to highly structured and specialized treatment. A program that addresses helping parents and improving communication, social, behavioral, adaptive, and learning aspects of a child 's life will be most successful. (“ASD Treatment & Management, par. 1, 2)

While there is no actual cure for ASD, doctors can prescribe medicine and recommend a number of classes to take to help cope. One of those classes being, Behavioral Training & Management. Behavioral training and management uses positive reinforcement, self-help, and social skills training to improve behavior
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