Persuasive Essay On Autism

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The rate of autism is a growing problem in today’s society. There has been a lot of controversy over whether or not the rate has gone up because of technology. Some believe that yes, better detection and technology has led to a better diagnosis and other’s believe that no, children who are now being diagnosed with autism wouldn’t have been labeled autistic in the past. People with autism mainly show three different symptoms; the inability to interact socially, problems communicating what they want, and limited interests. In the range of eighteen months and thirty-six months old, children with autism suddenly ignore other people, act strangely, and lose language and social skills they had previously learned. The rate of autism growing so quickly has become an emergency in not only our country, but around the world. Diagnosis of autism has gone up because of better technology, the fact that a formal diagnosis can lead to better access to services, and rising awareness.
Better technology has led doctors to more accurately identifying children with autism. At this point in time, there is a new revised autism screening tool called the Modified Checklist for Toddlers which is a free, two step screening tool used to detect if a child has autism. It is intended for use at regular checkups for children
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There has been increased awareness among the public and health care providers. Sixteen percent of the increase in California was due to social influence and increased awareness. (Rodgers, Scott) Investigators also found that children living in close ranges to another child that has been previously diagnosed with autism had a better chance of being diagnosed with autism themselves. (Rodgers, Scott) Thus, showing that when one child gets diagnosed with autism, parents of other children also want to be sure and get their own children checked. It shows that the autism rates go up in areas where an affected family

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