Sam Dawson Case Study Essay

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Sam Dawson is an individual with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Sam has a child with this woman that only slept with Sam for a place to stay. Sam’s child mother left him and his daughter in front of the hospital and never returned. Sam named his Lucy Diamond Dawson after his favorite group The Beatles. Sam is a loving father and takes care of Lucy to the best of his ability. Sam neighbor named Annie helped Sam take care of Lucy from infancy to seven years old and also helps Sam with life in general. Sam doesn’t let his disability stop him in everyday life. Sam’s life is becoming far to advance for him to handle. Lucy is turning seven soon and Sam’s mental capacity is the age of a seven year old. Lucy starts to not want to …show more content…
According to the DSM-IV, disorders are usually first diagnosed in infancy, childhood, or adolescence, and coded under Axis II. Deficits or impairments in present adaptive functioning in at least two of the following areas: communication, self-care, home living, social/interpersonal skills, use of community resources, self-direction, functional academic skills, work, leisure, health, and safety, and the onset before age 18 (Durand & Barlow, 2006, p. 499). Sam has the mental capacity of a seven year old. He also exhibited repetitive behavior or speech, intellectual limitations with things like reading, math, and writing. He had no proposed, mental thinking. He often had trouble understanding concepts. Autism spectrum disorder is a developmental disorder with impairments such as socialization, language and communication, and a tendency to engage in odd and repetitive behaviors (Durand & Barlow, 2006, p. 494). Autistic people love repetitive and find relief in doing the …show more content…
Especially the Intellectual disorder as well as the Autism Spectrum disorder. It shows how people shouldn’t allow their disabilities interfere with their everyday life. Sam was able to work at Starbucks, catch the bus, and take care of Lucy with a little help. Intellectual disorder is usually describe as a diagnosis received when one achieves a significantly below average score on a test of intelligence and by limitations in the ability to function in areas of daily life. Significantly subaverage intellectual functioning paired with deficits in adaptive functioning such as self-care or occupational activities, appearing before the age of

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