Essay on Autism Spectrum Disorder ( Asd )

816 Words Aug 19th, 2015 4 Pages
What is Autistic Spectrum Disorder? Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. There is often nothing about how people with ASD look that sets them apart from other people (“Facts About ASD”2015). People with ASD may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in ways that are different from most other people. The learning, thinking, and problem-solving abilities of people with ASD can range from gifted to severely challenged (“Facts About ASD”2015). Some people with ASD need a lot of help in their daily lives; others need less. A diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder now includes several conditions that used to be diagnosed separately: autistic disorder, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), and Asperger syndrome (“Facts About ASD”2015). Signs of ASD begin during early childhood and typically last throughout a person’s life. (“Facts About ASD”2015). Some common signs and symptoms include; not pointing at objects to show interest (for example, not point at an airplane flying over); not looking at objects when another person points at them; having trouble relating to others or not having an interest in other people at all; avoiding eye contact and wanting to be alone; having trouble understanding other people’s feelings or talking about their own feelings; prefer not to be held or cuddled, or might cuddle only when they want to; appearing to be unaware…

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