Essay Autism Spectrum Disorder ( Asd )

1060 Words Oct 27th, 2015 5 Pages
Toby spends hours everyday arranging and rearranging his blocks in several different patterns and designs, like he is attempting to discover a certain sequence. He does not turn his name when he is called, nor does he pay much attention to others. He is easily upset in situations where his senses are overburdened. He has a special way of communicating, and often reiterates phrases he heard from his mother earlier that day or a specific line from a television show that was on while he was eating breakfast that morning. Diagnostically, Toby meets the criteria to qualify for many social and communication disorders. Yet Toby is considered a part of the “1 in 68 children who identify with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)” according to estimates from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopment syndrome that is defined by deficits in social reciprocity and communication, and by unusual restricted, repetitive behaviors (American Psychiatric Association 2000). Autism is found along all lines of class, ethnicity, and race and has impacted millions of adults, children, and their families. While the diagnoses of autism in the United States are increasing, the population should be thoroughly and properly informed on the cause and mechanics of the disorder (“Autism Spectrum Disorder”). The term “autism” often brings to mind an individual with the absolute inferior symptoms the disorder can bring. However,…

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