Empathy And Neurological Disorders ( Asd ) And Conduct Disorder

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Empathy and Neurological Disorders
Empathy is an emotional trait which connects us to one another. Understanding the reasons behind why individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and conduct disorder (CD) lack this emotion will allow for us to reach and intervene with these individuals; therefore, allowing for the individual to connect with the world around them to the best of their ability.
Autism has become more prevalent. Why? Is it environmental or are we more aware of what to look for when we see our child not developing according to the “norms” of society? Why is the diagnosis higher in the male population? This is not just with autism, but conduct disorder as well. These individuals who suffer with either of these diagnoses tend to show deficits in their ability to empathize. In this paper I will be discussing why the male population is more apt to be diagnosed than their female counterparts, and whether or not empathy is a teachable trait.
Autism is a disorder that affects an individual’s neurodevelopment. This disorder as with many other neurological disorders does not discriminate. However, males are more likely to be diagnosed. In a research study that was conducted at the Fond de Reléve Académinque, Université de Lausanne, Swiss National Science Foundation, and Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative by Sébastien Jacquemont et al. (2014) the ratio of male-to-female is 4:1 and increases to 7:1 for individuals with high functioning ASD…

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