Essay Autism Spectrum Disorder ( Asd )

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Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Autism or, as it is currently called autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a disorder that has long been stereotyped by extremely repetitive, unusual behavior such as characterized by Dustin Hoffman in the film Rain Man. From this point on pop culture continued to portray autistic characters in a harsh light. It is sort of like defining a modern religion based off historical documentation from the 16th century. It is very rare to find someone with autism spectrum disorder displaying the extreme behaviors mentioned above. Symptoms are usually subtle and vary greatly from person to person. For example Hoffman 's character loudly repeats the words 'Uh-Oh ' anytime something is wrong and becomes very upset if toothpicks are present during every meal; most people with ASD, however would display this behavior in a way not seen by society, such as only being able to sleep with a fan blowing air on them, brushing their teeth in a certain pattern, or getting the heebie jeebies when sticky food gets between their fingers. Because of this I am going to try to help describe modern ASD, as well as the symptoms and treatment.
Autism spectrum disorder affects people from all over the world. It is not more prevalent in any race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic group. In the United States more than 1.5 million people have been diagnosed with ASD; a number that rises each year by ten to seventeen percent. The exact cause of this rise is unknown, but many think it has…

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