Essay Autism Spectrum Disorder ( Autism )

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Autism Spectrum Disorder
Introduction
Imagine seeing and hearing a parent complain to doctors that they have been noticing their infant is not responding to their love and affection like other babies their age. This infant does not babble, make eye contact, smile, or show any interest or emotion to a happy game of patty cake, instead he is staring off fixated on something in the distance. The parent explains to the doctor that their child grunts, seems to just want to play by himself, and will not try to interact with others or show any type of emotion. Now imagine these same parents being told that there is nothing wrong with their child and the child is just lagging behind other infants their age. Unfortunately, these parents find out a few years later that their child has autism. There are not many psychological problems that are found in infants; however, autism is the most common and severe. Autistic spectrum disorders can develop in all different racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic families. According to The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (2016) “approximately 1 in 68 children in the United States have Autism Spectrum Disorder” (http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/data.html 2016). “The number of cases being reported have increased significantly, since 2002 by 78 percent. Autism Speaks.org states an estimated 1 out of 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls are diagnosed with autism in the United States” (https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism 2016). One reason for this…

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