Vulnerable Populations: Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Vulnerable Populations: Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Introduction: Today, we are seeing a rising increase in the occurrence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children. What once used to be a rare disorder is now commonly recognized in the medical field as well as in the community. Not only is autism a health issue in itself, but many health issues come along with the disorder. This paper will discuss the description of the population, the top health issues and their relevance, and interventions and outcomes that can help reduce these health issues in this specific population. Description of Population: The population being discussed are children and adolescents with autism. What once used to be considered a rare disorder is now a common diagnosis and is well known in the community. Statistics coming from the Centers for Disease control now “identify around 1 in 88 American children” as having autism spectrum disorder with the disorder more commonly being diagnosed in boys ("What is autism?" ). This does not mean that the actual occurrence rates have gone up, it just means that today we are better able to diagnose the disorder and there is increasing awareness. Although not many, there are some risk factors for autism that have been identified. These include gender, family history and those with other medical conditions such as Tourette’s syndrome and epilepsy ("Autism:risk factors," 2012). Top Health Issues: Children and adolescents with autism
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