Autism Spectrum Disorder ( Asd )

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Once a child is born, the parents may ask questions such as what kind of child he or she will grow up to be. However, when the child is born with a disability, the line of questioning may change to how could this happen to my child or what do we do now? Receiving the news that one’s child has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) may shatter a parent as their child and family’s life begins to change. These parents are now faced with many obstacles in trying to do what they feel will be best for their child. Now imagine having a child and you believe that he/she is not typically developing, but you never know what exactly is going on with them. This lack of diagnosis tends to occur within ASD when it comes to diagnosing…show more content…
Children with ASD appear to experience sensory problems, leading to high pain tolerance and auditory hypersensitivity. They also may present “sensory seeking behaviors,” where they will crash, squeeze, spin, or flap (Solomon & Chung, 2012). Other than the symptom categories that may be checked off in the DSM-V, these children may also have food allergies, immune system dysregulation, sleep disturbances, and seizures. According to the CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network, ASD’s prevalence in 2010 was 14.7%, with about 1 in 68 children being identified with ASD (CDC, 2014). While ASD has been reported to occur within all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups, it is almost 5 times more common in boys (1 in 42) than among girls (1 in 189) (CDC, 2014). Autism can be detected at 18 months old or younger but by age 2, a diagnosis of ASD is considered to be very reliable. However, many children are not fortunate enough to receive an early-diagnosis or their correct final diagnosis until they are much older than 2 years old, which then delays them from receiving the help they need.
Being a girl with autism
“I knew she had something all along but I couldn’t get a doctor to help.”- Anonymous (seventhvoice, 2013)
As the mother above explained, many believe that girls are falling below the ASD radar, unrecognized and undiagnosed. Wing,
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