Autism And The Autism Spectrum Essay

1371 Words Nov 16th, 2016 6 Pages
Sunday, October 2 of this year, a 10-year-old Kayden Culp of Texas with special needs was lured into a field, doused with gasoline and set afire by children he thought were his friends. Kayden received burns over 20 percent of his body from his ears to belly button and his organs failing leaving him on life support. The children who set him on fire are ages 9, 10, and 11. Kayden’s family believe he was intentionally targeted for his autistic tendencies and his trouble speaking and hearing. Kayden’s mother said he was usually the brunt of the joke but he kept playing with them (Klausner).
The CDC says around 1 in 68 American children are on the autism spectrum. Research shows the disorder has increased incredibly partly because of improved diagnosis and awareness. An estimated 1 out of 42 boys and 1 out of 189 girls diagnosed in the United States showing boys are four to five times more likely to have autism than girls. Autism affects over three million in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide ("What Is Autism?"). Over the past century autism has been a major social issue. The word “autism” became the term used to describe severely withdrawn schizophrenic patients in 1908. Leo Kanner studied a group of children who were autistic in 1943, then Hans Asperger studied another group in 1944 the characteristics of an autistic child but these children didn’t have difficulty speaking. Asperger also noticed many of the children he studied were clumsy and different than…

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