Autism Spectrum Disorder ( Asd )

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The following paper is going to cover the topic of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Using research and data collected from various authors and journalists the paper will describe the different variations of autism and discuss the impact autism has on a person- in society, at home, in the classroom, and in their careers. Beginning at infancy, autism has a major impact on not just the child but their family’s life as well. The child’s lack of ability to interpret social cues, gestures, and expressions can make it extremely difficult to interact with their family and others. For a child unable to distinguish praise from chastisement or a shout of excitement from a shout of anger, it can be extremely difficult and frustrating to interact with…show more content…
The different degrees or types of autism are determined mostly by the child’s/person’s difficulty in interacting with others (Autism Speaks, 2016). To better understand what this means, it is important to know about the different points along the autistic spectrum. The five classified developmental disorders that lie on the spectrum include autism/autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), Asperger’s syndrome (AS), Rett’s syndrome (RS), Childhood Disintegrative Disorder (CDD), and Pervasive Develpmental Disorder (PDD) (2015). For those at the high-functioning end of this spectrum (AS), the proper support, environment, and successful adaptation to learning can result in a less unfamiliar and uncomfortable life for the child although they may continue to struggle with adversaries when it comes to forming friendships – something that can lead to feelings of extreme frustration and dejection. More problems arise at the severe end of the spectrum (CDD) as those afflicted with this developmental disorder strongly affects the child’s future as they struggle more severely with their education, relationships, and employment (Lowth, 2015).
No matter their point on the spectrum, all of those with autism struggle with three basic symptoms from which other symptoms branch off of. These three main symptoms include language disabilities, repetitive behaviors, and communication deficits. Stemming from these symptoms come indicants such as aggression, anxiety,
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