Problems Associated With Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Controversies in Treating Autism Spectrum Disorder According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or more commonly referred to as autism yearly (“Autism Spectrum Disorder”). Autism is a complicated developmental disorder typically diagnosed during the time between infancy and age three ("Autism Spectrum Disorder”) that can cause “difficulties with social interaction, [both] verbal and nonverbal communication, and behavioral problems including receptive behaviors and narrow focus of interest” (Davidson et al. 373). There are different types of autism, including “Asperger syndrome, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder” (Davidson et al. 377). Little information is known about the disorder, including the cause and a possible cure. According to Nancy Shute, “as many as 75 percent of autistic children are receiving “’alternative’” treatments not developed by conventional medicine…” and that “the therapies are often bogus” or unproven to actually work. Chelation therapy is a treatment for lead and mercury poisoning (“Beware of False”), yet it is used to treat autism because of the disproven theory that heavy metals formally found in vaccinations caused autism (“…And The ‘Final Word’”). Correspondingly, several medicines are used in treating certain symptoms caused by autism and are proven to work; but, untested medications used for other medical
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