Autism Is A Developmental Disorder Essay

1953 Words Nov 13th, 2016 8 Pages
Autism is a developmental disorder comprising abnormal function in three domains: language development social development, and behavior. (Hay, Levin, Deterding, & Abzug, 2014, p. 1111).Due to this disorder, children with autism usually fine it difficult to relate to their family, siblings or peers. Autism is under the umbrella of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) which comprises of pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), and Asperger syndrome. Current prevalence estimates range from one to two in 1,000 children are diagnosed with autism. The autism society of America estimates there are over 1.5 million people in the United States with some form of autism, and as many as 115,000 of them are children.(Sheehan, 2000, p. 192)
According to the Center of Disease Control (CDC) People with ASD often have problems with social, emotional, and communication skills. Children with ASD generally repeat mannerisms, and do not like changing daily activities, also children diagnosed with this disorder have different ways of learning, paying attention and reacting to things. Signs of ASD generally begin in early childhood and most children live with it for the rest of their lives. (CDC, 2016). Children diagnosed with autism display behaviors such as excessive rocking or spinning and placing hands over ears in response to loud noise. (Schaaf, Toth-Cohen, Johnson, Outten, & Benevides, 2011). In addition, they demonstrate restrictive, repetitive behavior such as…

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