Autism Spectrum Disorder ( Asd )

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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder which is known to include repetitive behaviors, specific patterns of behavior, and difficulty with social communication and interaction (ninds.nih.gov). Since this disorder is on a spectrum, it doesn’t affect every child the same. This spectrum includes different symptoms, skills, and different levels of impairment in the child’s life. ASD is four times more common among boys than girls (Kumar et.al., 2012). The “Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 68 children will develop ASD”. The symptoms for this disorder start to become apparent in infancy and early childhood. Certain developmental milestones are not reached in infants and children who suffer…show more content…
These interventions are designed to help improve specific symptoms that the child may be suffering from. Since not all children suffer from ASD to the same degree, each treatment plan is different and is created in order to meet the specific needs of each child. Even though much is known on the development of autism, there is still no specific treatments that can cure the symptoms of autism (DRUG THERAPY). More research must be conducted in order to find better ways to prevent or treat autism.
There is a wide variety of symptoms that children with autism tend to display. Social development is greatly different than the typical child. Early in life most infants love being social and affectionate. They find ways to interact and get attention from their environment by smiling, making eye contact, turning their head towards voices, and grasping at fingers (autismhelp.org). Most infants usually seek their parents for comfort, but in some autistic children, they lack the emotional attachment that is present in most children. Typical social interactions are an extremely difficult task (ninds.nih.gov). Most require the need to learn how to manage social interactions in order to function properly in a societal setting. Autistic children also lack a “theory of mind” which is described as being able to see something from the perspective of another person (autism-help.org). By age
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