Essay on My Personal Experiences With Autism

1715 Words Dec 1st, 2016 7 Pages
There are some individuals, who from a very young age, face seemingly insurmountable obstacles. From the outside looking in, we often don’t realize how pervasive a person’s difficulties are - even when we may be aware of the problem itself. Disparities in access to adequate clinical care because of factors such as race and socioeconomic status further impact a person’s ability to successfully navigate the obstacles he or she faces. The compounding of these factors may create a situation where the individual feels that he or she is unlikely to succeed. Clinical psychologists can play a significant role in mitigating the negative impact of these factors through thorough assessment, empirically driven treatment approaches, as well as understanding of the individual, family, and societal factors that affect wellbeing. My personal experiences with autism in my family, and my professional path of studying psychology and being involved in the research of a neurodevelopmental disorder, have driven my interest in studying clinical psychology and building my career in the field.
Autism and psychology has always been familiar to me but it wasn’t until four years ago that I was fortunate enough to be able to return to my undergraduate program and complete my bachelors degree in psychology after having to suspend my enrollment with only one semester completed. My daughter was diagnosed as being on the severe end of the autism spectrum after a year of suspicions, and I had to quickly…

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