Autism Is Characterized By Being A Neurodevelopmental Disorder

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Autism is widely characterized by being a neurodevelopmental disorder in which the effected individual has impaired social interaction, repetitive behavior, and in some cases no communication ability. Autism being on a spectrum perspective, a vast array of symptoms can categorize an individual as being “autistic”. ASD includes Asperger’s Disorder, Kanner’s Syndrome, Rett’s Syndrome, and PDD (Pervasive Developmental Disorder). While all disorders are challenging, severity of behaviors depend entirely on the individual. The most prominent signs of autism are repetitive behaviors, lack of empathy/isolation, and limited or non-existing communication skills (Lord, 2010). Autism can be caught very early on in a child’s life, even as young as a year old. Parents are encouraged by pediatricians to watch for signs of unresponsiveness and infrequent eye-contact. Again, the age that Autism becomes apparent depends on many factors. For example, an undiagnosed 5-year-old child might need to

perform the same bedtime routine nightly to maintain a calm manner; this example might be cause for the parent’s concern of their child’s mental health. Some scientists think a few forms of autism are manifested in the childhood years alone, but others agree that the disorder displays itself differently across life stages. According to the National Autistic Society, 1 out of every 88 children in the human population have a form of ASD. As far as treatment is concerned, a few things can be done…

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