The Characteristics And Effects Of Autism And The Autistic Family

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Do we as humans realize just how vulnerable we are? How about those with families that participate in school functions and leisure activities after school? Do they too realize how bless they are with that society considers them to be a “normal” family? But do families that may have an autistic family member realize just how lucky they are, they too have been blessed. A quote from Temple Gradin, an animal behavior expert and author of The Autistic Brain states, “I am different, not less.” To fully understand the effects of this disability, one must understand the characteristics of an individual living with autism. Autism, also known as, autism spectrum disorder comes from the Greek word auto, which means “self.” The term was first introduced …show more content…
The main reason for this association is the increasing prevalence of autism and the increase of vaccination coverage. With close proximity to the vaccine it may be coincidental with the apparent onset of autism. In 1998 there was a study published in The Lancet that suggested this connection, it was later found baseless, nonetheless, it was not until 2000 the vaccine manufactures removed thimerosal ( a mercury-based preservative) from all routinely children vaccines due to the high number of public fear. Even though, again the vaccine was not proven to cause autism(3). Cases of autism after the one year mark (regressive autism) may have an onset, however, with the single epidemiological study no association with MMR vaccination was found. Currently, there is no evident that supports a causal association between the MMR vaccine, or any other vaccines and …show more content…
These characterizations include: abnormalities of social interaction and communication, restricted interests and highly repetitive behavior. Autism also has a wide range of symptoms and severity that are used to classify the Autism Spectrum disorder. Each syndrome is different from the other under the ASD. An example, Asperger syndrome has no substantial delay in language development. Many of times autism is called “autistic disorder," “childhood autism” or “infantile autism”. Depending on the severity some individuals may be silent or only manifest as a mental disability, while others may have the repetitive movements like flapping hands or rocking. Some may be normal in all factors of life but be socially awkward, have narrowly focused interest, or pedantic communication. Diagnosing autism can be difficult, normally children are diagnosed around the age of two but only time can tell as symptoms often become more noticeable as they get older. However, some grow up without ever being diagnosed. As mentioned before the range of disorder include a variety of disorders varying in severity. Types of ASD include: Autistic disorder, more commonly known as “classic autism.” This signifies significant language delays, social and communication challenges and unusual behavior, as well as, but not always learning difficulties and below-average intelligence. Children with ASD may also accompany other

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