Children With An Autism Spectrum Disorder

2726 WordsDec 7, 201411 Pages
Dr. Seuss once wrote “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” The world has an opinion quite the opposite of this. If a person acts different than the rest of the word they are categorized as strange or “unfit” to be with the rest of the society. This was also the categorization of children with autism until recently in the United States. Views regarding these kids have changed over time; influence from the environment has had a great impact on these changes. The views of these children now and what teachers in the 21st century need to do to help them are key to not reliving the past. To understand why children were treated differently in the past, knowledge of autism is required. The Diagnostic and statistical Manual (DSM-5) contains specific criteria in order to clinically diagnose a child with an autism spectrum disorder. Discrepancies in social communication and social interaction, restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, and the requirement that these symptoms must cause a clinically significant impairment in the child’s life are among these specifications. Basically, if a child presents symptoms such as the failure to communicate in a two way conversation, repetitive motor movements, or the lack of eye contact, they are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. This spectrum now includes the previous diagnosis of Asperger’s disorder. Focus on the central area of the spectrum will be addressed here. It is also important to be aware of the
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