Children Of A Foreign Country And Not Knowing The Language And The Customs

2968 Words Jul 7th, 2015 12 Pages
Envision living in a foreign country and not knowing the language and the customs. Imagine having songs linger inside of your head and never going away. Pretend the slightest sounds being extremely overwhelming. These are just some examples of the difficulties that individuals with autism may encounter on a daily basis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2014), 1 in 68 children are identified with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. With the prevalence of these disorders being at an all time high, there is a pressing need for highly trained professionals who are concerned about the well being of those who are affected.
Overview
Definition and Characteristics The American Psychiatric Association (2014) defines Autism Spectrum Disorder as “a range of complex developmental disorders that can cause problems with thinking, feeling, language, and the ability to relate to others”. The terms, “autism” and “Autism Spectrum Disorder” are known as “umbrella terms” because they encompass a group of disorders that affect the function of the brain. These disorders include: autistic disorder, Asperger’s disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS). Prior to the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), all of these disorders were viewed as separate entities and one could be diagnosed with one of these conditions. Since the publishing of the DSM-5, anyone…

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