Essay on Autism Spectrum Disorder: What Does the Diagnosis Mean?

1630 Words Dec 6th, 2014 7 Pages
Megan Paonessa

English 111 - L16

Sylvia Gilfillian

“What does Today’s diagnosis of Autism mean?”

December 6, 2011 Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a topic that is not addressed the way it should be. Many people have heard the work autism, but could not define it if asked. Two essays I recently came across, “Joey: A ‘Mechanical Boy’” written by Bruno Bettelheim and “Thinking in Pictures”, written by Temple Grandin, share the common topic at hand, autism. Both essays talk about the struggles autism brings to not only the one diagnosed with the disability, but those around him or her. Also, the essays also explore on how those with autism are treated and looked at differently. Autism is a complex
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Rimland took great care of his son and did not believe that either his or his wife’s parenting skills were to blame. In 1964, Rimland published a book on his theory, Infantile Autism: The Syndrome and It’s Implications for a Neural Theory of Behavior. Rimland put stress greatly on the possibility of a biological based reason for autism. Rimland’s book is written for more of todays understanding of autism, as a disorder dealing with the brain, known as a neurological disorder. He stresses that parenting styles have nothing to do with the outcome of autism. In Rimland’s book, he strongly emphasizes, “Autism is a biological disorder, not an emotional illness. Refuse psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and intensive counseling. These approaches are useless” (Health Counselor Magazine, Vol. 3 No. 6; June/July 1994). He is completely right, he is saying that the disorder is not from neglect or from emotional illness, but a developmental disorder. Nothing can prevent the disorder from occurring. It is strictly genetic. In the essay, “Thinking in Pictures” by Temple Grandin, she mostly talks about herself, because she is autistic. She believes in endless possibilities. She is extremely smart, and exceptionally talented. Along with this essay, she has written many books supplying information about the autistic mind. Grandin views everyday life in pictures. She states that

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