Autism Spectrum Disorder ( Asd ) Essay

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Through the course of the past several years there has been an increase in the number of students that have been diagnosed with learning abilities, and in particular, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Increase in the diagnosis of Autism among students has had an effect on Special Education and educational implications for the students with Autism. This research paper will attempt to provide an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders and the implications that their prevalence has on the field of education.
The disorder affects three main areas of a student’s life: communication, social interaction, and patterns of behavior. Child development can be delayed, immediately, from birth, while others show normal development until they begin to lose social and language development. Parents are usually the first to detect the presence of the disorder in their child. Web MD states, “In some children, a loss of language is the major impairment. In others, unusual behaviors (like spending hours lining up toys) seem to be the dominant factors.” (Web MD, 2015). Early signs of Autism may be downplayed by parents and physicians, suggesting that the sign are simply “just a phase” or a minor delay in development. There are no diagnostic tests for ADS; however, there are a number of instruments and techniques that may be used for evaluation. The Virginia Department of Education recommends, “An accurate diagnosis must be based on observation of the individual’s social, communication and…

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