Autism Impact on the Family

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Miriam Leah Waldman Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. “It is a result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain and impacts the normal development of the brain, in areas of social interaction and communication skills” (Bee and Boyd 226). Research from 2009 suggests autism now affects every 1 in 110 children. Having a child with autism affects the entire family. Amongst the siblings there will be frustration and disappointment when a sibling shows no interest. After a while, she will probably give up trying to relate to him/her and focus their energy on other people. The sibling relationship may become one of…show more content…
( National Institute of Mental Health Children and adults may exhibit repeated body movement such as hand flipping or rocking, unusual responses to people or attachments to objects and resistance to change in routines. They possibly experience sensitivities in the five senses sight, hearing, and touch taste and smell. It is important to know that children that have autism do not communicate with words effectively, rather they do communicate with behaviors. These behaviors could be repetitive and unacceptable to those around because harm can be done to the autistic or those around. Since the autistic child cannot communicate freely without having difficulties, the behaviors usually displayed to pass their feelings across include; kicking, scratching, screaming, crying, biting, hitting, hair pulling, head butting, spitting, singing, pinching, pushing etc. It is important that you understand these behaviors and also know why the autistic usually engages in them. (Katheline Dohaney) American Psychiatric Association. (2000). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV). New York: American Psychiatric Association. http://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/features/autism-and-family-relationships Sandra L. Hariss, Ph.D. and Beth A. Glasberg, Ph.D. (2003) Topics in Autism Siblings of Children with Autism A Guide for Families ( Second
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