Development Of Elementary Aged ( Children. Ryan Smith

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Ecological Development of Elementary Aged ASD Children
Ryan Smith
SWRK / 501
October 5, 2014
Allen Lipscomb

Abstract

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that starts effecting children at a young age. ASD is often misdiagnosed as pediatric bipolar disorder because they share similar symptoms. As these children with ASD become teenagers they are faced with having to deal with the normal hormones of puberty but lack the communication skills to verbalize their concerns. There is no known cure for ASD but it is treatable and the children can progress with early intervention being key (National Autism Association, 2014). Interventions such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Developmental Intervention Model (DIM), and Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication of Handicapped Children (TEACCH) are a few interventions that help these children progress in life.

ASD is a neurological disorder, and children who are diagnosed as autistic are often considered to have a severe disability, but the range of ability within this syndrome is broad (Westling & Fox, 2000). ASD affects one in sixty-eight children and boys are four times more likely than girls to have this disorder. Characteristics of this disorder can vary from mild to severe and may include the following characteristics: communication problems, for example, with the use or comprehension of language, difficulty relating to people, things, and
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