Autism Spectrum Disorder ( Asd ) Is A Diverse And Complex Developmental Disability

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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a diverse and complex developmental disability. ASD is a spectrum which means that it affects each individual differently. Any number of behaviors, characteristics, and symptoms can be present while remaining under ASD (Autism Society, 2016). It is common for individuals who have ASD to experience trouble with communication, behavior, and social abilities. Communication skills that can be affected by ASD include learning to read or write, learning a language and using words, and using and understanding body language or gestures. As a result of the impairment of these communication skills, it may be difficult to keep a conversation or attention of an individual with ASD. Behaviorally, individuals with ASD may engage in repetitive motions or actions such as flipping objects or rocking back and forth. These individuals may struggle with transitioning from one activity to another or have what may be unusual interests. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) gives the example of unusual interests as only using one toy or talking exclusively about one topic for long periods of time. In addition to effects of communication and behavior that ASD can have on the individual, there are also social skills that can be impacted. Interpreting and understanding the feelings of others can be difficult. Correspondingly the ability to be amongst other people and share interest or objects can impact creating social bonds. When diagnoses ASD it…

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