Autism Spectrum Disorder ( Asd ) Essay

1259 Words Oct 14th, 2015 null Page
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a set of diseases that affect the human mind and body in similar ways. The symptoms of each of the diseases within the spectrum causes a “significant disturbance” to the person affected. These disturbances can be cognitive, psychological, or related to any process that contributes to the mental functions of the patient. The diagnoses include, but are not limited to: Autistic Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, Persuasive Developmental Disorders, Childhood Disintegrative Disease, and Rhett’s Disorder. There are many misconceptions about how ASD came to be, and about treatments for those affected. Although there has been significant research done in the ever expanding area of “autism”, there is not yet a cure for any of them; however, science has come up with many different factors that could be contributing to the more recent prevalence of these conditions.
Autism Spectrum Disorders can be recognized as young as 18 months old. Parents usually begin noticing developmental delays (as is typical with the condition), but not all of them see these symptoms as signs of something more serious. Many parents are reluctant to acknowledge the symptoms as a part of something greater because they think that their child is too young, when in reality there is a series of tests that can be performed on children as young as two years old to identify if they have a place on the spectrum. One typical symptom to look for includes not correctly identifying social cues…

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