Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Families with children with autism spectrum disorder(ASD) experiences more stress than the typical family without a children with ASD. A previous research study by Baker-Ericzen, Brookman-Frazee & Stahmer(2005, p. 194) supports this statement, “Both parents of children with ASD report higher levels of both parent and child related stress juxtaposed with parents of typically developing toddlers”.

In order to comprehend the information of the study, one must understand what autism spectrum disorder is. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is broad term which is used to describe autism and four other disabilities that affects one 's ability to socialize, communicate, and respond to one 's

environment. Autism is a complex disorder of brain development that is characterized in varying degrees of difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Some of these symptoms include: a delay or lack in communication and social interaction, violent and disruptive behavior, and inappropriate eating and toileting. ASD is a disorder that impacts males more than females. According to statistics from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network, about 1 in 68 children have been identified with ASD. As this time, there are no known cures for ASD. However, there are many treatment options which may help reduce symptoms and support development and learning.

When people think of autism spectrum disorder, they think how the
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